One of my best finds of 2013Posted: January 23, 2014
Luray and I went on an epic vintage shopping trip at the end of December when I bought one of my best finds of 2013. From the outside it doesn’t look like much. A slightly battered old suitcase:
It was mostly hidden under a pile of stuff including an ugly fan. I’m sure lots of shoppers overlooked it just as I did the first time I was in the store. I thought it was a portable record player which would have been pretty cool. Nope! I nearly squealed when Luray opened it.
It was a vintage Gold Bond picnic suitcase that belonged to a Philadelphia couple.
Their address label is still intact with its later-than-1960 zipcode.
And it had forks and knives with Bakelite handles! So how old is this suitcase? 1940s 1950s? The colors seem earlier than the 1960s to me. I wish I could find more information about Gold Bond! If was truly “an investment” then it must have been pretty swanky in its day. Maybe it was a wedding present?
From the size of the loops that held the spoons I can tell they didn’t have matching Bakelite handles. Two ordinary spoons fit perfectly in each of the two slots.
Now I have the fun of outfitting the rest of the case. I have a plaid blanket, red plastic containers and an old thermos, but I’m not thrilled about the mix of yellow, burgundy, red and green. Too many colors. I’d like it to look a little more authentic somehow.
What would that look like? I know the plates can’t be very thick or four of them won’t fit in the straps. Should they be plastic? Enamelware? I have no idea. Makes me wish I knew someone with a library of vintage magazines and advertising!
What would you be looking for?