First of all, if you want to have a good laugh, read this New York Times article on Mother’s Day gift giving. And with it in mind, come shop at Windsor Place Antiques- We have the goods to make mom super-happy this Sunday.
Plants for indoors and outdoors in cute pots
Antique Prints (on every subject your mom might like)
*Get a FREE gift tag and vintage button pin with every purchase of a plant
The April school break always reminds me of taking my kids to Coney Island. I have fond memories of the slightly seedy Luna Park and the grungy Dino’s Wonder Wheel complex- complete with carnival barkers and vintage rides. My kids, now teens, still enjoy going to Coney Island with their friends- it might not be as exciting as Six Flags, but you can get there on the F Train.
They’ve spruced up Coney a bit over the past several years, but it is still a pale shadow of what it was at the turn of the 20th Century. You can see the glorious Coney Island attractions in postcards from the early 1900s. I especially love the “tinseled” or glittered night time scenes from this period. Some of these cards were produced by the printers, while others were done at home with newly marketed glue pens and glass glitter. It is an interesting aside that the U.S. Post Office Department considered these cards hazardous as clerks often cut themselves, and began requiring that they be mailed in envelopes. It reached the point where twenty thousand tinseled cards a day were sent to the Dead Letter Office for want of a cover.
Another fun Coney Island collectible are tickets featuring Tillie. Our family occasionally rents a beach house in Ocean Grove, NJ which happens to border Asbury Park. I always wondered about the Tillie mural there and how it related to Coney Island. It turns out that Tillie — or a version of him — first appeared in the city around the turn of the 19th century, when George C. Tilyou, a showman who owned Steeplechase Park in Coney Island, expanded to Asbury Park and Atlantic City. George C. Tilyou himself was a fascinating character. You can read a bit more about him here.
We don’t have any tickets in stock at the moment, but we do have some other Coney related items- framed postcards, New Yorker and other periodical covers.
A very happy Easter and Passover to all of you who are celebrating these spring holidays. If you’re in Brooklyn, take a trip out to Coney Island and soak up some sun and some history.
***Please note that we will be CLOSED at the shop from Sunday April 21st through Friday April 26th for a short vacation.
Spring is finally in the air. The days are longer, the birds are chirpier and we’ve got some fresh picks for the new season. Among the most beautiful and prized prints from the 19th Century depict birds. The Victorians were fascinated by the avian world and lavished lots of attention cataloging and illustrating the myriad species. Birds are particularly colorful and beautiful. We have acquired two series that we are excited about.
The first is Thomas Gentry’s Nests Eggs & Birds of the United States
In response to the general public interest in natural history during the latter part of the nineteenth century, Gentry, a member of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Science, provided a different perspective on the birds, showing them in lifelike situations in or near their nests. This provided an interesting addition to the viewer’s understanding of the natural world, as well as a delight for the eyes. Below is the cover, followed by a few of our favorite plates
The second is the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey (1848–1855) This survey determined the border between the United States and Mexico as defined in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which had ended the Mexican–American War. Twenty-five hand-colored lithographic plates of birds were included in the volume Zoology of the Boundary, edited by Spencer Fullerton Baird. These illustrations were prepared by J.T. Bowen and Company of Philadelphia, the same firm that had produced the octavo edition of Audubon’s Birds of America. We also have plates of reptiles, fish, mammals and ethnography from this survey. The bird plates, however, are lavishly hand-colored and among the more beautiful prints we have seen.
Come see the prints in the shop or visit us at the Brooklyn Flea across from Barclays in downtown Brooklyn. Only two weekends left to shop the indoor market. We move outside in April. Visit www.brooklynflea.com for updated locations.
First the bad news: The shop will remain closed through January 23rd. I’m not ready to open up again just yet, and I’m having too much fun puttering around and finding things that I forgot all about. You can, however, catch us at the Brooklyn Flea every Saturday & Sunday at 625 Atlantic Avenue across from Barclays Center.
Now for the good news: I am using this time to find some great new books & prints as well as expanding my knowledge of antique printing techniques. One of my favorite techniques is chromolithography.
According to wikipedia, “chromolithography is a unique method for making multi-colour prints. This type of colour printing stemmed from the process of lithography, and includes all types of lithography that are printed in colour. Lithographers sought to find a way to print on flat surfaces with the use of chemicals instead of raised relief or recessed intaglio techniques.”
These recently acquired German plates from an 1891 astronomy educational text are fantastic examples of fine chromolithography. Probably done on stone, they are whimsical, colorful and detailed. The lunar landscapes are particularly fascinating. I will be matting these over the next few weeks. Feel free to contact me for availability and pricing.
Thank you all for a wonderful holiday season at the shop and at the Brooklyn Flea. I am grateful for all of your business year after year. It allows me to keep doing what I love to do- finding great old stuff. On that note….I will be closing the shop for a few weeks so I can get out on the road and find some fresh merch. I’ll be hitting some estate sales, auctions and an antique book & paper show. My booth at the Brooklyn Flea will be open every weekend through March. You can find more info here: http://www.brooklynflea.com