Vintage Junk Treasures #34


Today we had unusual extreme temperatures here in Oregon. At our house it reached 106 degrees.  I went out in the morning but it was so hot in my Stash that I was only able to last a very short time taking photos. So today I will only be sharing a small portion of the vintage junk treasures we have found lately. 

There is a nice butterfly gold Pyrex mixing bowl, a Fire King swirl bowl, 3 vintage tobacco tins, 2 old flat irons and 2 vintage hand mirrors.

People can learn about the past and history by studying vintage junk treasures. This reminds me of when my daughter, granddaughter and I were in New York in March a year ago. We were on the top of the Empire State building and I kept saying – look at the flat iron shaped building. I said they call that the Flatiron Building. They couldn’t seem to find it and then I remembered, they are looking for the shape of a “hair tool called a flat iron”. Two very different items! Just for a tiny snippet of history, the Flatiron Building was originally called the Fuller Building and it was completed in 1902. It is a triangular 22-story landmark building. At the time it was one of the tallest buildings in the city.


I am fascinated with the graphics on old tins. They were works of art in their time and now they are just vintage junk treasures which some don’t consider worthy of keeping. I like these as they are not pristine but show age and patina.













Here is a DeLuxe mop pail. Now in my thinking, they probably thought the word DeLuxe would make it seem more luxurious. But I am not sure if anything could really make mopping seem glamorous. These are fun to use for plants. I am sure when new items were invented that the ladies everywhere were ready to ditch this vintage junk treasure.

The last vintage junk treasure I would like to share today is this wonderful old stereoscope. The first stereoscope dates from 1858. You place a card in the holder and there is a left-hand image and a right-hand image which seem to merge when viewed to a 3-D image. There were 56 vintage stereo cards and most were dated around 1900. I will share a few of my favorites.

1906 San Francisco earthquake. It has a story on the back of the card.

Calvary passing through a Redwood tree and a story on the back with more details.

The Chicoot trail in Alaska. It was a major access route from the coast to Yukon goldfields in the late 1890s.

Gold miners in the Klondike around the late 1890s. Story on the back.

On the trail in Yosemite, California in 1894.


Wishing each of you a great experience in finding your own junk treasures and remember to make memories along the way. If you are having hot weather – please stay hydrated.

Wishing you many blessings in 2017.


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