Sunday, June 27, 2010

Woodies Show

Went down to the beach to check out the Woodies on the Wharf show. I am not crazy about woodies, most are overdone and kind of silly, but I really like the unrestored originals like this 40 Chevy.

Smith from Gordan & Smith was there hand shaping a balsa and redwood board, cool.

I never knew they made a Santa Cruz license plate tag, this is the first I have seen, now I must have one. This was on a really nice unrestored 38 Pontiac.

My friend Lars and his unrestored 41 Ford.

My buddy Tim in his model A Jalopy.

I saw this guy wearing an original 50's chain stitched Fremont Drag Strip Jacket.
Freemont is close, would love to have that jacket.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

WWII U.S. Life Vest

I really want one of these.

Many had the collar removed after the war.


Monday, May 31, 2010


The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his soldiers and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills just got too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgement of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."
If you can read this, thank a teacher. If it's in English, thank a soldier.
Remember those today that paid the ultimate price, so you can live free.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Car Club Jacket

Picked this up at the local flea market this morning

patch is satin with silk screened logo. Lemoore is south west of Frenso, and has a Naval Air Base.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Sometimes You Get Lucky, and Sometimes You Buy Weird Stuff

Friday morning I go to the local Flea Market that used to be a drive in.

It is my favorite day, opens at 7am and is not too busy because all the buyers are at work. I stay up all night so instead of sleeping for a few hours, and trying to wake back up, I just stay up all night.

Pair of giant leather US Mail bags, just one strap, everything is marked all over the place US Mail $30.
Matt, I hope you are up to it, you will need to turn it inside out to resew the seam.

WWII Navy pack. $20.

Crazy pagoda hanging lamp. $10

Nice, large, older Mexican blanket, wool vegetable dyed. $10

WWII m43 jacket $5.

Lame denim vest, great patches $10
Large chain stitch back patch, small twill Indian

Brass thimbles $1 each tiny pin backs $3 both ( rings?)

Photo of 3 30s girls at beach in playsuits, sisters matching $.25

Local 76 gas auto wiindow decal $5.

Worlds Fair program with map $3.

Ceramic WAVEs hat container? $3.

Original composite Scandanavian troll figure $2.50

Fun day,


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Rings, AMA, Pins

Paratrooper and skull rings

dime sized souvenir pin

the NHRA 1 year pin has a nice hot rod on it.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Vintage DJ, Navy Ring, Toy Soldier

Just got a pair of these 60s Newhouse turntables will play all 4 speeds, have had the Newhouse 45 cases for a while. the built in speakers are loud enough for a house party, and they shut off when you plug in the cables to a mixer.

This is a large size sterling ring and it has an almost black grey patina.

This 30s German composite toy american soldier is hand painted, and reminds me of a story of a WWI Dickerman .

Sgt. John A Dickerman, 104th Inf. 26th Div. at the Battle of Apremont WWI

"On the morning of April 12 orders had been received for an advance by the 104th Infantry. Sergeant John A. Dickerman of the Headquarters Company was in charge of two Stokes mortars, the small trench artillery which did so much damage. These two mortars were placed in a screen just behind the second line trench. With Dickerman were Privates Alson, Knutson, Cole and Rowland, and Corporal Henry Mack. Dickerman had orders to lay down a barrage of three minutes, after which the artillery was to take it up and drop a barrage behind which two companies were to go over the top in the first wave. There was heavy fog that morning.

Dickerman laid down his barrage as ordered, but there was no sign from the artillery. In the fog the signal had not been seen. Then the Boches came over in an attack against the American lines, and Dickerman opened up with his mortars. They were the only protection between the Boche and the 104th first line.

The men worked madly, dropping round after round into the mortars, which took deadly toll in the attacking force. Then the Germans started a creeping barrage. The shells from the enemy guns exploded nearer and nearer to the little party working the mortars. Sergeant Dickerman and the men knew that it was only a question of time, as it was easy to locate them. Still, they held out. Suddenly a shell landed in the midst of the party. Alson, Knutson and Cole were killed, and Howland was wounded. Corporal Mack escaped. Dickerman lost his right eye and right foot, his left leg was torn and he had many other wounds. For this all of the party, living and dead, were given the Croix de Guerre."


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Early WWII Denim Barracks Bags

Coming ashore somewhere in the Pacific.


Vintage Local Fire Truck

Santa Cruz city's Studebaker Fire Truck, teens- early 20s


Friday, March 19, 2010

More Flea Market Finds

1958-62 British slot cars by Victory Industries red Austin Healey, Yellow MGA

Early cycle trophy topper

40s cycle club race programs. these have great Harley and Indian adds and all the riders names and times penciled in by a fan.

Early cast iron practice grenade


Hot Rod Swapmeet Scores

Little books.

Early wooden hot rod model kit, built

toy hot rod tether car

Salt flats style sun helmet

28-29 Model A 50s hot rod chopped windshield stanchions


50s Local Hot Rod Club Patch

1950s chain stitch on felt


60s Chopper Wheelie

60s 2 up crazy wheelie on a panhead chop, Check out the biker boots and the Ratfink style hat and plaid hunting jacket on the passenger.


Bad Ass Cub Scout

Studded and jeweled belt, and scarf worn cowboy style.


Orlin Smith

My great great great grandfather 1840s Vermont


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Rin Tanaka Inspiration Show LA

I was lucky to be in LA and I got to go to this show with my buddy Lloyd.

International Rockabilly sensation, Guitar Tech to the stars and my vintage partner for the weekend: Lloyd Tripp modeling Levis 569 pleated front jacket and backstage laminate.

Pauli and Amber from Liberty Motorwear

Nice looking 60s Triumph chop.

Original Harley racing sweaters.

Hot rod jackets

Barrel of HBT caps

Buddy Lee Army.

Nice adds

Western suits with chain stitch and sequins