Saturday, February 12, 2011

Retro Saturday





In keeping with my pledge earlier this month to provide a 'splash of colour' to you all when we really need it, here is a collection of glasses. I've been picking these up for the past couple of years and just placing them on a glass shelf in the window in the kitchen.




They range from juice glasses to tumbler size.




I have found that some glasses made today are very heavy and clunky.




These are mostly 'light weight' and it leads me to believe that the more 'retro' ones (over twenty years old) were made lighter. Can't base this theory of mine on anything......just an observation waiting to be dis-proven.




The sun doesn't shine directly into this window during the winter months. But in the summer it gets the early morning sun and hits these colours. 





The sun is slowly moving its way in a more easterly direction and soon we will have a brighter and more colourful kitchen in the mornings.





These glasses are very reasonable in 'thrift shops'.....anywhere from 39 to 99 cents generally. So not a bad 'investment' in brightening up your day.



25 comments:

  1. and these are in my kitchen!!!!!love them!

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  2. How colourful and beautiful! My theory is that today's glasses are thicker because they need to withstand the force of the dishwasher cycle. Older glasses were all gently hand-washed, of course (I remember it well!)

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  3. Pretty! I love the little juice glasses! never see the little ones in the stores anymore, you know - with jelly in them. I can see where these make it bright in the kitchen! Very cool!

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  4. As good as flowers, almost. Jim, I want you to know that your Retro Saturday post is my blog treat of the week. I look forward to it all week long.--Inger

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  5. What a great collection ! I love how you have them displayed too!

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  6. I bet that looks fantastic when the sun comes through.

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  7. JIM. . . you are so creative. . .simply, old funky glasses, on your window shelf look great! I love the colours!!! A window full of sun shining thru then. . . like being at Notre Dame in Paris of a summer morning when the sun is pouring in thru the huge rose window. . .shimmering colors all over the nave of the church!

    I will grant that the ND rose window is filled with subtler colours. . .but the effect is akin to that. YOURs are bolder, brighter, creating an entirely different feeling. . is the better word here 'ambiance'? Not sure.

    I see things in your blog I'd like to try. . adding beauty and color to a long drab Winter. . .and yet the colors of Winter have their place with the lights n shadows.

    If you keep your heart open. . .beauty will find its way in. . . .and. . it doesn't "begin with K ". .. . hahhaa

    justinus

    p.s. a scritch to Sophie. . . .Hi sweetie!

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  8. Do you keep these strictly for display, or do you guys use them? They're so pretty!

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  9. What a great idea to brighten up your kitchen. I have a few swanky swigs and some similar juice glasses my son gave me -- they are all little masterpieces of art. :)

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  10. They're beautiful. But, yikes! You have to dust them all!

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  11. What a fun and novel way of displaying them bet they look fantastic with the light behind them -good excuse to keep adding to them -happy hunting !

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  12. oh my! that is spectacular! i love the way you arranged those beautiful glasses. you have a great eye! jill

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  13. I love these glasses! I have a real weakness for juice glasses and Gary usually has to talk me out of buying them when I see them at yard sales/antique markets. Your glasses are wonderful, Jim. I love the colors!!

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  14. What a lovely idea to display them in the sunlight, they look great.
    love
    Lyn
    xxx

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  15. You sure do take a beautiful picture. I have real trouble with close-up shots. Can you fly down here and give me some lessons? I'll have Fred make lunch for you!
    Your Friend, m.

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  16. What a fresh, charming and delightful idea to bring colourfull glasses to shine....MAGNIFICIENT, Jim!!!

    This is one of my faibles....; I do love glass; clear pure glass!

    Your artful display and splendid photography turn these glasses in fine art objects....just fantastic!!!

    Fabulous sparkling kitchen!!!!!

    ciao ciao elvira

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  17. Hey, here's a surprise - I like the glass with a horse on it!
    You home looks so nice with all the pretty details.

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  18. Hi bluenose! They are fabulous..xxx

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  19. Very cool way to get some great color in your house in the middle winter. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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  20. Those are so bright and cheery! You took lovely pictures of your collection.

    Thanks for sharing :)

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  21. Took my breath away. I literally gasped when I saw the first picture. I love each one and can't believe the condition they are in. I see some like these once in a while, but the colors are faded and scratched. You have a neat collection.

    Liz

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  22. This is a capitol idea, Jim! Mind if I steal it? Seeing that we live several hundred miles apart??? What a wonderful display idea -- and you've transformed a rather simple object into something spectacular. Fabulous!

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  23. What a beautiful collection!! They are all so so pretty and colorful! And I love how you have them display! I bet when the light shines, the room is filled with all sorts of colors :)

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  24. What a great collection. I have to tell you, some of those juice glasses look really familiar (from my childhood). ;-)

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