Friday, June 17, 2011

How Hard Is It To Find A 1950's Eames Mid Century Magazine Rack?



Not hard to find them at all...

Hey, we all have this hardback Better Homes and Gardens decorating book, don't we? (Below in blue). It's a staple for every mid century home.



What's hard is finding a mid century magazine rack in a style you want.



All of these have a style where your magazines have to sit up on end.



And I don't know about your vintage magazines, but mine refuse to cooperate, and they slump over sideways.



Or you have to sort of curl them up so they will behave.



I bought one several months ago with two "shelves" in which the magazines lie flat...



And I finally found another!



This kind displays your vintage magazines, newspapers and books beautifully. They lay nice and flat. You see, I have a thing about function being as important as form. Bonus: the "atomic particle" ball feet. I have a thing for those, too.

Now I can put all those vintage newsworthy newspapers Mom saved from noteworthy events on display!


Happy Friday to all my blog friends! Still working on cleaning out closets and kitchen cabinets. So boring I wouldn't dare show photos or talk about it. Not much to say this time, but wanted to say hello to all my friends. A bit of a string of boring posts lately, my apologies!
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18 comments:

  1. The third picture orange magazine holder...
    I HAVE the plant stand to that!!! I was amazed when I saw your pic!! haha
    My Plant stand was my Great Grandma's, my Grandma gave it to me after her Mother passed. Grandma was gonna junk it!! And even being a little girl I said "NO I like it!!"

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  2. Yea! I LOVE the flat magazine rack!
    Susan

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  3. Ooo...that orange-ish one is cool!!

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  4. VC I googled "vintage magazine racks" on google. Maybe that one was a repro I saw? I think so, you might look into it.

    Neat when you see companion pieces of things we already own!

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  5. Well I know my plantstand was originally brass It is painted atm... But in the future I think I will remove the paint and try and get it back into original condition.. If I can.

    Maybe thats what happened with that orange magazine rack... lol a little orange paint and they are back in business! ;)

    P.S. I was a little wrong to begin with.. My Grandmother still has the leaf detailed one... The one I was given is a daisy detail.

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  6. OHHHH I just seen your comments on my post! SO IT IS A REPRO!
    I seriously thought someone just painted over a original because I had googled it like you said too and I seen 1 had sold on Etsy. I didn't know there was a stash of them floating around.

    Rather than buying one for $54 I would rather find a original at a yard sale or thrift for aroung $5.00 *heheheh* But you did remind me I purchased one month back only to store it somewhere until I had a perfect place for it. I will have to dig it out and get some pics. JEAZ I can't even member what exactly it looks like. =) haha

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  7. I have some sort of wire... Thing... How to describe it... Like a metal basket with a handle, but a flat wire base rather than a bowl deal. Anyway, it has the same scrolly leaves like this orange one does. So yeah, gotta be original ones out there!

    I'm a stickler for vintage too, besides, it's always cheaper to get vintage!

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  8. I never knew those flat kind existed. I have a black thingy that I thought was supposed to hold firewood..maybe I should use it for mags!

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  9. I think the single layer kind are for firewood, ZSM. I've seen the kind you are talking about. But heck, use it for whatever you want to!

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  10. Love the third one its the orange color and flowers etc really pretty but i agree the last one is more functional. I am pretty lucky with mine it is metal one and if it is full they all stay together flat ;-)) have a lovely weekend, dee x

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  11. I see the black kind all over, but like you also find they tend to droop and slop over at the side (oh, dear I didn't mean YOU droop and slop over, the magazines do!) Love the one where the magazines lie flat. And NO I do not have the decorating book. I have some bossy ol' Amy Vanderbilt ones - it seems the vintage search is never done.

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  12. I have a gorgeous wire magazine stand with leaves. It's brass but I painted it bronze with green patina paint and it looks great. Maybe I should have kept it as is? Do they really ask $54 for magazine racks? Mine was a "curbside" purchase. I had to rescue it from the trash, it was too cool!

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  13. Helen I have this wonderful Etiquette book I adore. I believe it was published in 1947... Conde` Naste? Oh gee I forget, but it's a wonderful read, about the days when people still used calling cards and how to seat people at formal dinners and all sorts of proper protocol. I think I like it even better then the decorating book everyone seems to have. :)


    De tout, I think you should do exactly as YOU like! I try to keep vintage as original as possible, but there are things I have changed or painted if I know they are not valuable regardless and the change will improve them.

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  14. Magazine racks are imperative for any home...mid century modern is just the icing on the cake!

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  15. I'm an absolute sucker for wire magazine racks. Those are fantastic ones.

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  16. Funny, I just bought a brass wire magazine rack at Goodwill yesterday! It's the 4th one down pictured. I wasn't sure how this goldie would look in my cottage-y type bedroom, but it looks great and it made me happy to have my mags next to my bed nice & neat instead of stacked on the floor.
    I would love to find the same kind we had in my childhood, a shiny gold brass also.

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  17. This is on my list of things to keep an eye out for at the local thrift! Love it!!!

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  18. I have the sixth one down. It's red and thats the original paint. I got it from goodwill they had a plant stand to match but I didnt get it becasue of condition issues.

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