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Episode 52 - A Toast!

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Episode 52 - A Toast!
Some of our favorite occasions involve a beverage. And whether you're looking for a quiet moment of contemplation and serenity or a wild night out, Revivals has you covered. The Tea for Two set by Hall China is a classic mid-century collectible and the rock & roll, burgundy snakeskin purse has a secret function that pretty much guarantees smiles.

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Episode 51 - Precision Art

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Episode 51 - Precision Art
I love that Revivals continually introduces me to new things. This week I got to learn about Chinese Embroidery. We have a playful piece that we believe is in the Shu Xiu style from Chengdu Province. The subtle transition between colors is truly masterful. The calligraphy seems to translate to "Group Children Play". That may also be an apt description to the front elevation blue print we have of Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle. The ¼" scale drawing clearly illustrates the designers' use of forced perspective to make the castle seem taller than its actual 77 feet.

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Episode 50 - What a Doll!

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Episode 50 - What a Doll!
Revivals gets some amazing collectibles and we're thrilled to offer these treasures at some amazing prices! This week we get to explore the long history of the GI Joe action figure (never doll!) and the relationship between Jacqueline Kennedy and the man that dressed her, Oleg Cassini.

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Episode 49 - Visual Records

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Episode 49 - Visual Records
I find the visual representation of music fascinating. For a short period of time in the last mid-century, Vogue The Visual Record created a series of LPs embedded with images representing the music embedded on the vinyl. I think the piece we're offering today would be really great mounted, framed, and displayed. I love how one side has a slight Film Noir feel, but when you listen to the actual song, it's much more Farmer's Daughter and Traveling Salesman. The biggest cult film of all time, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, has its own iconic image: the "lewd, lascivious lips" (as called by Twentieth Century Fox's chairman of the board) that sing the opening number in the movie. This box set was in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the films release and is a treasure trove for any fan.

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Episode 48 - Easy Retro Baking

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Episode 48 - Easy Retro Baking
This week's video is filled with nostalgia. Released in 1963, the Kenner Easy Bake Oven introduced many youngsters to the joy of baking. And maybe created a few addictions for eating raw cake batter in the process since many weren't patient enough to give the actual cakes time to back. This lot is a compilation of different components through out the years but comes with the added bonus of The Easy Bake Oven Gourmet. In it, Bobby Flay admits to asking for - and receiving - one as a gift when he was boy. And while you probably didn't need a stand mixer for Easy Bake recipes, this vintage convertible piece from GE was ready to take bakers to the next step

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