Up in the Redwoods…

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A few weeks ago Derek & I went up to the Redwoods (a few hours north of us) to do a bit of sign work. While there, we couldn’t help but take in some of the gorgeous sights!

Derek demonstrating the human to bear size difference...yikes!

Derek demonstrating the human to bear size difference…yikes!

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“One-log house”. This is just as it sounds, a huge log that was hollowed out and made into a house. Unfortunately it was closed when we were there and you can’t even peek inside! However, I looked up some photos and it seems pretty cute on the inside. 

I made a friend!

I made a friend!

one armed lumberjack...he was huge!

one armed lumberjack…he was huge!

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We stopped alongside the highway and hiked down to the Russian River! It was beautiful!

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One last blurry, out of the van window shot for the road.....

One last blurry, out of the van window shot for the road…..

We had a great time on our brief visit to the gorgeous Redwoods of Northern California. I highly recommend a visit!

xoxo,

Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

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Rose Garden Gals

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The ever lovely Mary Van Note & I had a wonderful day picnicking in the springtime sun and taking in the sights of the Berkeley Rose Garden!

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The Berkeley Rose Garden is a gorgeous garden in the Berkeley Hills that features 3,000 rose bushes and 250 varieties of roses! It was completed in 1937 and was one of the first Civil Works Progress Projects built under the WPA.

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Mary wore a gorgeous lavender 1940’s floral day dress with off-the-shoulder ruffles and a button back,  white espadrilles, adorable wicker purse shaped like an umbrella, cute vintage sunglasses and an AMAZING magenta felt hat!

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I wore a lovely 1950’s floral day dress that I bought years ago at a little vintage shop in Hawaii; 1940’s navy peep toe shoes, my 1920’s/1930’s sunglasses and a white wicker purse that was a birthday gift from my mom.

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peek-a-boo! Mary’s hat helps her to blend into the floral surroundings…

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I had such a great time frolicking around with Mary, wearing our pretty dresses and smelling roses! I can’t think of many better ways to spend a beautiful spring day!

xoxo,
Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

(Thanks to Mary Van Note for these photos!)

Nevada’s oldest thirst parlor & other western adventures

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It sure seems like this blog is more about my travels than “vintage things”, but my outings tend to involve historic places and things, so I hope you’re all still interested!

This weekend I visited Nevada’s oldest town, Genoa. The town was founded in 1851 when explorers set up a trading post that attracted fellow travelers and trappers to visit and eventually settle in the area.

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In Nevada’s oldest town is Nevada’s oldest bar…who would have guessed?! It is called the Genoa Bar and is awesome.

The Genoa Bar is quite the hot spot in these parts.

The Genoa Bar is quite the hot spot in these parts.

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a peek inside the Genoa Bar..

a peek inside the Genoa Bar..

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We got a few drinks with my boyfriend’s family  (who live nearby) and sat in the sun, enjoying the scenery.

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On our way home from Nevada to California, Derek & I stumbled across this roadside stop that had a photo area too good to pass up!

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I enjoyed my stint as an old west showgirl.

I enjoyed my stint as an old west showgirl.

Meanwhile, Derek got locked up!

Meanwhile, Derek got locked up!

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Inside the souvenir shop, I tried on a few hats & drooled over children’s western costumes.

I had to try on this kid's cowboy hat.

I had to try on this kid’s cowboy hat.

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coonskin caps!

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I couldn’t resist..and I think I love it.

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Why is this not in an adult size?!

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Kids get all the cool stuff…….

Once I was through “horsing around” at the souvenir shop, Derek & I headed on to the next town. That town was Placerville, Ca and it was lovely. Here are a few shots of the downtown area.

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I hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I enjoyed these adventures!

xoxo,

Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

 

A peek into a traditional Sign Painter’s shop.

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Hello friends,

I have the pleasure to live with and experience an age-old trade on a daily basis.

That trade is Sign Painting.

Before the time of computers, all signs were created by hand, by a sign painter.

My boyfriend, Derek, is a talented sign painter that runs his own business called Golden West Sign Arts. I assist in the shop & help with anything and everything.

Isn't he handsome?

Isn’t he handsome?

Everything in our shop is done the old fashioned way, without the use of computers (aside from email). All signs are painted by hand, from drawn patterns. Derek is also a specialist in the art of gilding with genuine gold leaf.

Our shop is an interesting place that I thought some of you may like to see. Here are tons of photos…

that's 23 karat gold!

that’s 23 karat gold!

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Bob & Derek: best pals.

Bob & Derek: best pals.

such a handsome pair.

such a handsome pair.

Now, let’s have a peek at the inside of the shop!

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Dandy? Its sure is..works like a charm.

Dandy? It sure is! Works like a charm.

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the shop counter houses our collection of crazy knick-knacks

the shop counter houses our collection of crazy knick-knacks

vintage matchbooks

vintage matchbooks

hi-di-hi-di-ho!

hi-di-hi-di-ho!

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Here are a few more shots of the dashing Sign Painter for your viewing pleasure.

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Check out our website to see examples of the sign work we’ve done!

Here is a wonderful video shot for Jack Daniel’s Whiskey of Derek painting for their ad campaign this summer. It turned out great!

thank you!

xoxo,

Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

Shorpy: Historic Photo Archive

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Hello readers!

I have a favorite website that I want to share with you. If you don’t know about Shorpy, boy are you are in for a treat!

This site is a gold mine of amazing historic photography. Most of the photos are from plate negatives and are therefore extremely high quality. You can click on any photo to enlarge & look at the tiniest details. It is truly wonderful…and addictive. Prepare to go on an extensive photo-saving spree once you browse their collection.

Looking at these photos gives you a feeling of really knowing the people in them and experiencing what life was like in their time.

Below are just a few of my favorites.

Washington Hot Shoppe Restaurant. 1941.

Washington Hot Shoppe Restaurant. 1941.

Nancy Hamilton. 1926.

Nancy Hamilton. 1926.

WWII Aviation plant clerk. 1942.

WWII Aviation plant clerk. 1942.

Saratoga Springs, NY. 1915.

Saratoga Springs, NY. 1915.

South Side Chicago. 1941.

South Side Chicago. 1941.

Lanier Hotel, New York. 1921.

Lanier Hotel, New York. 1921.

Detroit Yacht Club, Venetian Night Party. 1940.

Detroit Yacht Club, “Venetian Night” Party. 1940.

Chicago cabaret. 1941.

Chicago cabaret. 1941.

Goodyear Aircraft Corp. employee. 1941.

Goodyear Aircraft Corp. employee. 1941.

Coney Island. 1905.

Coney Island. 1905.

Lumber worker and wife. 1939.

Lumber worker and wife. 1939.

Crowley Milner Department Store, Art Department. 1941.

Crowley Milner Department Store, Art Department. 1941.

Marine. 1942.

United States Marine. 1942.

People's Drug Store, Washington D.C. 1909.

People’s Drug Store, Washington D.C. 1909.

Crowley Milner Department Store, Detroit. 1941.

Crowley Milner Department Store, Detroit. 1941.

Marilyn Miller. 1921.

Marilyn Miller. 1921.

Louisiana musicians. 1938.

Louisiana musicians. 1938.

San Francisco. 1941.

San Francisco. 1941.

Metal Salvage Plant Worker. 1942.

Metal Salvage Plant worker (and crafty gal, I might add). 1942.

There are so many more wonderful images on their site, I truly hope you all enjoy them.

xoxo,

Tina

vintage lovin’ gal

The gorgeous Sonoran Desert!

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Hello everyone and Merry Christmas!

I have some more photos from my recent road trip to share! These were taken in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, land of the Saguaro cacti! I just adore the desert landscape and was really excited when we stopped on the side of the highway to take some photos with some giant saguaros!

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Further down the road, we stopped again to shoot some more photos in a different desert landscape. This one was filled with  a desert plant called the Cholla. They remind me of coral!

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When we drove  along a little further down the highway, we discovered this gem in Gila Bend, AZ. The Space Age Lodge!

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xoxo,

Tina

vintage lovin’ gal

The Beautiful landscape of Reno, Nevada

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Hello friends!

Derek and I went to Reno, Nevada over the thanksgiving weekend to visit family and eat lots of delicious food! While we were there, we snuck off to an uninhabited area of natural Nevada landscape and shot some photos. Reno is in the high desert, at the foot of the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains.

We also drove around in our friend Aaron’s 1946 Chevy and took photos of some of the great old Lincoln Highway Motel signs. There are far more than these, next time I’m in town I want to do a proper photo shoot of all of them!

In this last photo you can catch a glimpse of the old Reno sign that was erected in 1954! The city has a newer, flashier sign that is one block over from this one. The new one has fancy lights and is quite pretty, but nothing beats the simplicity of this one!

What a lovely weekend it was!

xoxo,

tina

vintage lovin’ gal