Category Archives: vintage

Four vintage Smurfs and one vintage Carebear

Papa smurf, smurfette, carebear

A few weeks ago I held a small reunion of sorts in the backyard for close friends and family. Three of my long-time friends were in attendance. We all grew up on the same street thirty odd years ago and remain friends to this day. Continue reading

A tiger and one yawning mouse – childhood drawings from 1984

childhood drawings of Jessica Doyle from 1984 - one tiger and one yawning mouse

If you are an artist you’ve likely been drawing since you were very young in age. These are two of my ink drawings from 1984. I would have been 11 years old when I drew both of these on pretty pink and yellow papers with a blue Bic pen. Continue reading

An instant collection of vintage Canadian cigar boxes and a little Doyle family history

collection of vintage cigar boxes tucketts, benson hedges, rob burns, invincibles, pandora cigars

All these cigar boxes had belonged to my great uncle George Doyle and date from the 1920’s to the 1940’s. I come from a long line of collector’s, skilled tradespeople, homesteaders, artists, thinkers and tinkerers. While each of us currently collects things that mean something to us, many of the items we have are simply not something we need or want to keep but may be something you would enjoy owning.

With that said, My Dad and I recently began stocking the Doyle family vintage shop again, last week. We will continue to stock it with knicks knacks, collectables, paper ephemera, period advertisements, tins, houewares, supplies, Saint John NB historical items, WWII themed things and many more wonderful pieces of history!

I do all the online work, photographing, listing and packaging. While my Dad, cleans the items and together we date them. His living memory goes back 65 years, so this certainly is more advantageous than my 37 years. Together, we expect to have hundreds of listings added to the shop during the next few months. I’ll be blogging about select items here on the blog as I did in the past too. There is a vintage category.

This is my hobby folks, while art creation is my job. And if you have a hobby and haven’t been practicing that hobby for a while, then you are all to aware with what happens when you neglect your hobby for months or years…

So, today I’m happy to share with you a collection of five vintage cigar boxes.

Pictured Cigar Boxes

  1. Tucketts Marguerite Cigar Box
  2. Rare – Rob Burns – Invincibles – For Auld Lang Syne Cigar Box
  3. Pandora Cigars – Aged in Cedar, Patented – Panetela – Cigar Box
  4. Rob T. Burns – General Cigar Co. Limited – Invincibles Cigar Box
  5. Benson & Hedges – Number 7 Cigar Box

collection of vintage cigar boxes tucketts margueritte, benson hedges, rob burns, invincibles, pandora cigars

This collection of vintage cigar boxes can be purchased in the Doyle Family Vintage Shop, OLDisNEW.

What are your hobbies? Do you get cranky and become unfocused when you can’t or choose to not to practice your hobby and procrastinate instead? I hadn’t practiced my hobby since late 2009! It’s been far too long.

Joy to the World – a series of vintage Doyle family photos

A long long time ago, well 26 years ago in grade five I was chosen to play the part of Mary for the grade five production of the Nativity during the annual Bayview Elementary School Christmas public assembly. My mom snapped this photo just as I was sitting down in the Nativity chair. It certainly makes my bum look huge.

Every Christmas as a child my brother and I saved each cardboard roll from the inside of Christmas wrapping paper to play games with. In this photo we are playing tetherball using an ornament attached to string with Lady the collie watching us. It was cold outside remember and we needed something to do. And yes, those are Mickey Mouse and Dr. Suess books in the background.

Though it was extremely cold outside Stephen and I did play outside in the snow until our fingers were frost bitten every day. This is us in the backyard. We piled snow to build forts when there were no drifts to use. We slid down mountains over jumps knocking the wind out of us. And when Spring began to hit we built ice and snow damns along the side of the road in a tremendous effort to stop the flow of water from melting snow going down the street while cars and buses rushed by us. We were busy and had no fear.

Oh and I figure skated too.

😉

OLDisNEW Thursday – Antique Babbitt’s Cleanser Paper Coupons

These coupons were cut and saved by many people in the early 20th century including my Great Uncle George! There are various marks and cut edges surrounding each coupon from removing it from the original label.

Each coupon was cut from the paper wrapping surrounding a tin of Babbit’s Cleanser sometime in the early 1920’s. I came across a small stack of them recently hidden away inside a tin that I have since sold. There is both French and English text printed on the backside of the coupon. Use them in your art, your scrapbooking projects or to collect.

Each coupon measures 2 1/2 inches wide (7cm).

You can get your coupons on OLDisNEW.

OLDisNEW Thursday – Circa 1900 Folding Metal Corkscrew

Just a quickie antique corkscrew for this week’s OLDisNEW feature…

This corkscrew is solid metal and clicks into place when fully opened.

Opened Size – 4 1/2 inches /// 11,5cm
Closed Size – 2 3/4 inches /// 7cm

And this folding metal corkscrew made the front page of Etsy a few weeks ago! You can view alternative pics of it in the listing.

OLDisNEW antique circa 1900 folding metal corkscrew on the front page of Etsy

OLSisNEW Thursday – 1927-1932 Westclox Baby Ben De Luxe – Tick Tock

This manual wind up alarm clock was manufactured by the Western Clock Company between 1927-1932. It was manufactured in Petersborough, Canada and sadly very little is known about the Canadian Westclox factory.

Westclox Baby Ben De Luxe specs:

  • Height: 3 1/8 inches
  • Width (base): 3 1/16 inches
  • Dial minute track diameter: 2 1/16 inches
  • Weight: 12 ounces
  • Polished Nickel Finish

The front of the clock face has darkened considerably. Other than that it works good, ticks and the alarm does ring when set. It had belonged to my Great Uncle George who passed away in the mid-eighties.

And If you enjoy reading about clocks, I contributed to a clock with history to Little sister Checking the Time on the Star of the East blog. Go and read this blog. It fabulous. Back in October 2008 I was commissioned by Esther and Estella to do some design work for them to.

The Baby Ben clock is listed in the shop!

Tick Tock!