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About 20 years ago I inherited an old life size anatomy chart when a share house broke up. Since then I have been drawn to all manner of vintage charts, maps and even the occasional anatomy model. I also have a thing for vintage school maps and have included some of my favourites in this collection. Some of the cooler things in this collection include the moulding made when I had an orthodontic implant made and an 'invisible man' anatomy model.
At first I was drawn to Diana pottery and it just happened that a lot of the stuff I came across was the dotty designs. That was it really, I started seeing spots and dots every time I op-shopped and the end result being a house full of spotty and dotty ceramics and china - oh well.
This collection also grew out of my love of the Diana Pottery and Australian Pottery of the 50s and 60s. Most of the bits and pieces I picked up or was drawn to were black'n'white spots. Then on a rainy long weekend in Daylesford many years ago I found a black and white 'stripe' salt and pepper shaker and that was all it took to expand out of dots and into black and white as another collecting stream.
I love globes and maps. They don't have to be functional maps, it might be a moneybox or vintage blackboard map.
When I was a kid I had a hand-me-down Barbie (from my cousin) with the most beautiful 1950s wardrobe. Velvet gowns, full length gloves and tiny high heels, but it was the pink and white stripe apron that I most coveted. My Aunty also had a draw full of the most exquisite aprons. I was allowed to look at them and sometimes we would take them out and iron them but never, NEVER EVER were they to be used. I now know they are called hostess aprons because God knows you don't want the visitors seeing you in your skanky house apron. You have to get changed into the show apron just before they arrive! Alas I don't need to discard any dirty aprons when guests arrive but sometimes as a treat I do wear my aprons around the house. Over the years my collection has expanded to include any apron from the 1940-70 that takes my fancy. Its always about the fabric and its form.
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