Fabulous Florida fun at Flukes!
Posted: August 6, 2014 Filed under: Favorite shops, Souvenirs | Tags: Cactus cloth, Flukes & Finds, vintage state souvenir apron
Fabulous vintage Florida textile fun, that is!
Here’s what I spied on the sidewalk outside Flukes & Finds & Friends this afternoon.
A vintage state souvenir apron . . . that had never been used. Somebody from New England visited the Sunshine State, brought home a colorful and useful apron, and stuck it away in a drawer for 60 years.
It’s even got the original tag.
“Cactus cloth” appears to have a thick cotton warp and a thin weft beaten firmly in a plain weave, making the fabric hard-wearing and sturdy. (If you don’t care about weaving, you can safely ignore all that.) And . . . hand printed! Wouldn’t you have loved to have seen that process?
The vivid print depicts just a few of the fun things you can do on vacation in Florida.
What’s fun in Florida? Watching spring training, catching a tarpon, picking giant oranges, and playing golf while a hurricane-whipped palm tree falls on you. I would like to point out that the pin-striped batter’s uniform is marked “NY,” so . . . clearly a Yankee. Boo, Yankees!
Oh, and we can’t forget the beaches!
Apparently sun-bathing on Miami Beach melts your torso somehow. Or maybe it turns your hair red. Or both. I’ll have to try it sometime!
The Mouse Kingdom does not exist in the ’40s and ’50s.
Orlando’s on the map, but there’s nothing there. The major attraction in the area is Bok Singing Tower, in Lake Wales!
Yep, Florida sure is a nice place to visit.
I loved this apron, but didn’t buy it. I couldn’t bear to take the tag off and actually wash it. And I don’t really want to collect things that I can’t actually use.
So if you’re smitten and absolutely must have it, ring up the ladies at Flukes.
Tell ’em the Dish Sisters sent you!