Natural History

On offer in the display case near the cash register you’ll find some very interesting ephemera including the items below.  The cover page from an 1825 natural history book is in very good condition.  On close inspection of the detailed illustration, you’ll find several interesting scenes all happening at once not the least of which includes harpoon fishermen flying through the air along with their boat which has been knocked out of the water by a spouting whale.

Cover page for the 1825 book A History of the Earth and Animated Nature by Oliver Goldsmith.

Cover page for the 1825 book A History of the Earth and Animated Nature by Oliver Goldsmith.

A Victorian award of merit.

SOLD – A Victorian award of merit.

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Window Dressing

If you are a regular visitor to our shop, you probably know that the windows are decorated every week on Mondays.  For 13 years, one of our very creative volunteers, Betty T., decorated our store windows.  Many of you have come to know her through her dedication and talent for bringing together artistic and gorgeous windows from the eclectic, and sometimes sketchy, spread of items in our store.  She even has a following of customers who come by the store specifically to see what she comes up with every week.  Betty has decided to hand over the reins, so she won’t be designing windows anymore, though she’ll still be volunteering at the shop.  It now takes a team of 6 window dressers to fill Betty’s shoes.  Betty, we salute you for a job well done!

 

This week's window showcases some of the vintage household items you'll find in the store.  Items in the windows go on sale at 10 am the following Monday that they are displayed.

This week’s window showcases some of the vintage household items you’ll find in the store. Items in the windows go on sale at 10 am the following Monday that they are displayed.

Oh, baby!  You can have instant ancestors when you purchase the photos in our window.  They'll be available for purchase at 10 am on Mon., March 2, 2015.

Oh, baby! You can have instant ancestors when you purchase the photos in our window. They’ll be available for purchase at 10 am on Mon., March 2, 2015.

Home is wherever I'm with you.

Home is wherever I’m with you.

Inside the shop you're find a table with dozens of pieces in this pattern.  The set includes plates, coffee & tea cups, saucers, and lots of unusual serving pieces.

Inside the shop you’ll find a table with dozens of pieces in this pattern. The set includes plates, coffee & tea cups, saucers, and lots of unusual serving pieces.

Swallows and willows adorn this stunning, post-war dinnerware.

Swallows and willows adorn this stunning, post-war dinnerware.  Made in Japan.

 

Hot Jazz for a Cold Winter Day

We have received a trove of sheet music spanning the 1920s through the 1960s.  It’s priced and ready for you to take home.  The best and most beautiful are some Jazz Age pieces, pictured below, which are as priceless for the music and era they document as they are for the artwork on their covers.  We’ve included links so you can hear and enjoy them the way they were meant to be played — by big, bold, brassy bands, jumpy ragtime piano players and crooning vocalists.

We also have some rare sheet music from Sinatra, Elvis, The Shirelles, Earl Grant, Doris Day and lots of others.  You’ll be able to find the rare or fragile music in the display case near the cash register, the others are in our vintage treasure room.

And by the way, we acknowledge with gratitude the people responsible for maintaining the links we posted in the captions below.

1929 - Who can resist this darling girl!  The hot dance music of Andor's Jazz Band will warm you right up.  Hear this delightful music by clicking on this link.

1929 – Who can resist this darling girl! The hot dance music of Andor’s Jazz Band will warm you right up. Hear this delightful music by clicking on this link.

1925 - If the tune is anything to go by, it must be a fairly cheerful parting.  Listen here to this beautiful player piano rendition.

1925 – If the tune is anything to go by, it must be a fairly cheerful parting. Listen here to this beautiful player piano rendition.

1928 - Earl Carroll was a producer whose shows were known for having the most scantily clad showgirls on Broadway.  It's like your mother warned you:  Go outside like that and you're sure to catch a cold.  Listen to the tune here.

1928 – Earl Carroll was a producer whose shows were known for having the most scantily clad showgirls on Broadway. It’s like your mother warned you: Go outside like that and you’re sure to catch a cold. Listen to the tune here.

This is a 1942 edition of Euday Bowman's famous ragtime tune of 1919.  Listen to Adam Swanson  play it here.  Thanks, Adam.  You're flying over those keys!

This is a 1942 edition of Euday Bowman’s famous ragtime tune of 1919. Listen to Adam Swanson play it here. Thanks, Adam. You’re flying over those keys!

 

 

Let Them Eat Cake…

…at their next bridge game. 

Marie Antoinette and a chateau full of other historic French nobility on the face cards will lend a certain je ne sait quoi to your next bridge soirée.

SOLD.  France Royale Bridge. Piatnik Playing Cards. Vienna, Austria. This new, unopened package of double deck bridge cards is waiting for you in our display case. $20.

Mother Earth’s Children

The Frolics of the Fruits and Vegetables…This beautiful book, written by Elizabeth Gordon and published in 1914, is the source of these wonderful pages.  Alas, they are a book no more, but Mother Earth’s Children still delights.  In addition to the three illustrations shown here, we also have Pomegranate, Little Miss Sugar Cane, the Mustard children, Cauliflower, Mrs. Quince, Mother Pear and her twins, Banana, Cashew, Watermelon, Olive, the Popcorn children, Herr und Frau Cabbage, Apple, Fig and the little Rice ladies.  Each page has a different illustration on each side.  They are displayed for sale in the arts and crafts section of the store along with a selection of vintage books for your browsing pleasure.  So frolic!

Miss Parsley graces one side of this page and Miss Cucumber (not pictured) is on the other.

Genial Mrs. Wheat. On the reverse is baby Citron.

The sweet and juicy Currant ladies on the front and Brussels Sprout and Horseradish on the back.

Drama Queen

Over 100 years old and still as beautiful as the day she first went on the stage!

Stein's Theatrical Make Up. This face powder tin from the early 1900s is in fair condition, though the lid no longer comes off. The label that wraps around the side of the tin gives a description of all the colors that were available in this line of face powder, which was used by both stage and moving picture actors. The beautiful Art Nouveau label has a small amount of foxing but is in otherwise very good condition. You should look this good when you're 100 years old!

Seasons’ Blessings!

The holidays are here!

Open your presents.  Pop a cork.  Eat too much. 

Laugh.  Sing.  Enjoy a good book.  Rest.

Elite Repeat is closed until 10 am on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. 

We’ll see you then! 

 

 

Worn with use and bearing the patina of time. Old books are available in the craft section of Elite Repeat.

Wallflowers

If you’re in the habit of shopping Elite Repeat for art and craft supplies, you know that we have a very small exhibit space–about one square foot–atop the shelving unit where the supplies are displayed.  In this space we show off some of the artwork our staff creates using materials available at our shop.  These items are for display purposes.  They’re not for sale, but we’re sure once you see some of their ideas for using “found” art supplies, you’ll be inspired to create your own great works!  This week we’re experimenting with turning wallpaper into art paper.  We’re selling gorgeous wallpapers in lengths of 18″ to 36″ for  $2 to $3 each.  We hope you’ll visit our micro-gallery and take note of the possibility!

Wallpaper accordion book using 3 different wallpapers, stamping on the plain side and accents of gold stencil paint. (Display only. Not for sale.)

Wreath made by folding wallpaper into accordion pleats. (Display only. Not for sale.)

Wallpaper gift bag with brads for side closures and ribbon. (For display only. Not for sale.)

Wallpaper gift bag with machine sewn sides and string closure. (Display only. Not for sale.)