Time machine

Let’s take a look at what other time travellers have been up to over the past few weeks. Get a vintage fix or get historical and find out something that perhaps you never knew before.


Here’s something I never knew much about. I’d heard of a chatelaine before but didn’t realise just how popular they were with Victorians. In the days before handbags and smart phones, a chatelaine was how you got organised.


This one is for Tin Tin fans (me too). Check out some vintage illustrated covers of Tin Tin books. I’ve spent many happy childhood hours reading Tin Tin *sigh*. Have you ever seen Tin Tin in a kilt? Look no further. It turns out there are plenty of them for sale on eBay here.


If you happen to find yourself stranded in Jermyn Street, London after your time machine malfunctions, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the 19th Century. It’s a beautiful street for vintage lovers to take a stroll along. The well-established shops have everything that a dapper gent or refined lady needs, from rare cigars to silk ties and handmade chapeaus. The perfect place for window shopping too.


Online time-travelling exhibition What Jane Saw tries to imagine what writer Jane Austin would have seen when she attended a London exhibition in 1913. The exhibition was the first ever to feature a single artist (Joshua Reynolds). Austen was hoping to find an Elizabeth Bennett lookalike among the paintings. Can you believe, this year is the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice being published?


You won’t believe it until you see it. An iPad gramophone.


Read the fascinating, poignant story of Jackie Mitchell, the teenage girl who struck out two baseball legends in a row. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were quaking in their baseball boots, I bet. So much so that she was not allowed to play professionally again. Bah!


Here’s a date for your diary. The 13th of June to be exact. The founder of Biba, Barbara Hulanicki, will be signing her latest book, Seamless From Biba: A Life in Design, at Beyond Retro shop in London. Details here. Be there or be square.


For more vintage news check out The Vintage Detective, a home page of curated posts from around the internet.
Have a great weekend.


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