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Sold on eBay: Vintage US Air Force Tee Shirt from Minter Field, CA

Here’s an excellent vintage US Air Force tee shirt from the post World War 2 era. Looks to be in great shape too. $212 seemed like a lower selling price than I would have expected. Either way, it’s a great shirt. Here are the auction details:

Vintage US Air Force Military Training Tee T-Shirt Minter Field California

 

Seller: hopscotch2211 / Phoenix, AZ

Price: $212.50

Label: Still intact. Unable to read.

Condition: Looks to be in really great shape.

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Sold on eBay: Vintage B&L Ray Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses

Bausch & Lomb has been around a long, long time but it wasn’t until 1936 that they started the Ray Ban line of sunglasses for pilots. The classic aviator sunglasses are still the standard of cool. In 1956 Ray Ban broke from the metal eyewear and took advantage of the new plastic molding technology to produce the Wayfarer. The design was a radically new shape, “a mid-century classic to rival Eames chairs and Cadillac tail fins.” They were huge in the 1950’s and 60’s but the black hole of the 1970’s swallowed them up and the Wayfarer almost disappeared completely. A few endorsement deals later and Tom Cruise was Risky Businessesing his way into movie history. The 1980’s brought a revival to the brand and the Wayfarer was selling like hot cakes again.

This pair is an excellent example of the Ray Ban Wayfarer from the 1980’s. The condition is terrific and let’s be honest, these were made in the USA long before Ray Ban was sold off to Luxottica and set on fire in the pile of mediocrity. These have weight and are well made. This sale price isn’t terribly surprising either.

Here are the auction details:

Seller: omegaconstellations / Wales, UK
Price: $264.39
Label: Bousch & Lomb Ray Ban
Condition: Deadstock.

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Sold on eBay: More Amazing Harley Davidson Vintage Items from the 1950’s

These items needed to be featured. While also posting that amazing 1930’s Harley Davidson sweater, the eBay seller “hydra-glide” also posted some incredible vintage HD side items.  In addition to being really stellar pieces, these items are beautifully photographed and really set off their respective eBay listings.

The first is a 1950’s Baby Ben alarm clock in working condition. Here are the auction details:

Seller: hydra-glide / Woodbridge, IL

Price: $303.99

Condition: “Shows wear. Scratches, scuffs, glass face intact. Works.”

Vintage Harley Davidson Alarm Clock

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The next item is this amazing 1950’s Harley lighter. Here are the auction details:

Seller: hyda-glide / Woodbridge, IL

Price: $203.50

Condition:  “Shows wear. Light pitting and very minor surface rust here and there.”

Vintage Harley Davidson 1950's Lighter

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Which do you like better? …the unique Harley Davidson alarm clock or the colorful Harley Davidson lighter?  Leave your answer below.

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Sold on eBay: Vintage Harley Davidson Sweater from 1934 in Deadstock Condition

A really stellar vintage Harley Davidson Sweater sold on eBay this weekend. It’s condition was pristine – it looked as though it had never been worn. The seller “hydra-glide” put it up to the auction block along with several other vintage Harley Davidson items. No doubt this sweater had been well cared for. This was the “U-V Neck Sweater” from 1934 and was one of the first items from Harley Davidson to feature the new “Silver Wings” patch. The ad from the 1934 Accessories Catalog calls it “the best buy of the year!” These sweaters were first sold for $2.95 with the “special colors” going for $3.25. From the seller’s auction listing:

“Locating a wool sweater of ANY type from the 1930’s in this condition is rare in itself, the fact that it is an artifact from the Harley-Davidson Motor Company makes this sweater even more valuable. Add to that that this color combination was a “special order” from the factory featuring Harley Davidson’s famous black and orange colors, and you have an item that I don’t think you will find again, much less in better condition, perhaps ever. This is a stunning sweater and one of my “gems” from my collection.”

Here are the details of the auction:

RARE VINTAGE ANTIQUE 1930’S HARLEY DAVIDSON WOOL V NECK SWEATER ORIGINAL NICE!

Seller: hydra-glide / Woodbridge, IL
Price: $1,136.11
Label: Harley Davidson “The Mark of Quality” tag
Condition: Deadstock – looks unworn.
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Let’s Talk About These Amazing Pumpkin Carvings by Ray Villafane

It’s that time of year again. Like it or hate it, fall has arrived and it’s time to give that sad little pumpkin on your front porch some personality. Here are some inspiring ideas from sculpture artist Ray Villafane. I stumbled across this article looking for examples of pumpkin carving and I couldn’t believe some of the beautiful pieces this guy’s cranked out.  Check out this Indian….

 

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YES! That is a pumpkin! And it’s incredible.

 

“Born and raised in Long Island, Ray Villafane showed great interest in the arts at a very young age, with his parents as well as his classmates and teachers recognizing his natural artistic abilities. He graduated in 1991 from New York’s School of Visual arts and pursued a career in teaching arts for students grade K-12 in Bellaire, Michigan from 1993 to 2006. It was during this time that he slowly began carving pumpkins, initially as projects for his students. Eventually, the school projects were followed by custom carved requests from his students’ parents and finally he started offering his carvings to local hotels and restaurants.”

 

Here are some other examples of his work worth checking out:

 

Pumpkin Carving 1

Pumpkin Carving 3

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Pumpkin Carving 8

Pumpkin Carving 4

Pumpkin Carving 2

Pumpkin Carving 6

 

The article I discovered was first published last year by Zy Gonzales for the website You The Designer. You can check out the whole piece by clicking the link below.

Link: Amazing Pumpkin Carvings by Ray Villafane

 

While digging up some more information on Ray and his art, I found several YouTube videos including this one from The Wall Street Journal. My favorite line from the report is “people often mistake it for being difficult, but it really isn’t” ….really?

 

 

Keep up the good work, Ray.