About Cindy

Pun intended. Cindy loves dreaming up witty quips and groan-worthy wordplay. In fact, you could say this girl just wants to have puns. As an avid fan of the written word and a librarian at heart, she also loves used bookstores, especially ones that harbor cats. Vintage clothing, cocktails, and ephemera are a few of her favorite things.

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Vintage View: Exploring a 1940’s High Schooler’s Home Ec Manual

"Why do you wear undergarments?" "Is your dress distinctive?" These are just a few of the topics covered in our latest retro find, a '40s home ec manual that's equal parts wisdom and dated humor. Read more »

For the Bibliophiles: Gorgeous Photos of Vintage Library Books

Earlier this month, we met with Megan Prelinger of the Prelinger Library to learn about the amazing career she carved out for herself. But, there was so much fantastic photo fodder around the space, we just couldn't stop snapping everything around us! It was even harder to decide which pics made it into our post, so we decided to share a few extra shots! Read more »

Just My Type: Timeless Typewriter Quotes & Ads

From the mid-1800s to the late-1980s, typewriters were the tools that ruled for professional and personal correspondence. Take a gander at some of these old ads for typewriters and quotes from some of their most notable users! Read more »

Best Job Ever: Renegade Librarian Megan Prelinger

Renegade librarian, cultural historian, collector of the uncommon, library builder – settling on a title for Megan Prelinger is tough. We visited Megan at her namesake library, San Francisco's Prelinger Library, to peek at its unusual artifacts and learn how Megan got her awesome job. Read more »

Color Us Inspired: Design Seeds’ Perfect Palettes

We're smitten for the vibrant palettes color consultant Jessica Colaluca creates on her site, Design Seeds. Browse, search, and stumble into new ways of mixing and combining ideas into all your creative endeavors! Read more »

Vintage View: What Shall I Wear?

We recently uncovered a true treasure on a field trip to the Prelinger Library, and we just had to share some of the wise advice - and gorgeous illustrations - contained within! Read more »

Yum, Rum! Classic Cocktails You’ll Love

Quench your thirst with a vintage-inspired summer spirit! We unearthed three colorful, little-known rum recipes from a stash of 1960s mixology books, with tasty results. So, get out your cocktail shakers and try these oldies but goodies. Read more »

Splash Mob: Vintage Pics of Cool Pools

Dive right into the summery settings of these vintage poolside photos. We're swooning over the colorful umbrellas, the brilliant blue skies and water, and, of course, the fabulous swimwear. We think everyone under the sun will enjoy these picks of pool parties of the past. Read more »
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Barbe-cute! Vintage Pics of Picnics & Cookouts

Cookout and picnic season is in full swing, so it's prime time to get your fill of dining al fresco. Are you a grill master or picnic pro? If so, take a look at some of these cookouts and picnics of the past to get inspired for the next one! Read more »

Imagine ‘Hat': Amazing Vintage Pics of Wacky Caps

Though they may have been worn just for fun, these vintage hat photos show that a little humor says an awful lot. Take a look at these atypical hats from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, and give some props to the charismatic ladies who modeled them with flair! Read more »