Attack of the Vintage Toy Robots! Justin Pinchot on Japan’s Coolest Postwar Export
Everyone is always looking for the next big thing. In the 1960s, it was going into space. In the '40s and '50s, the frontier was technology, with a particular focus on "What's going to make our lives easier?" For the very first time, you had cars with automatic-transmissions, automatic washing machines, and perpetually cooling refrigerators.
I mean, we were coming out of an era when you scrubbe…
Signs, Tins, and Other Advertising Antiques
How did I get started collecting advertising antiques? My dad was a lecturer and tutor in graphics and art from the 1960s onwards, and was into vintage automobiles and advertising, like vintage signs, pumps, and globes. So I spent the large portion of my childhood going to auto swap meets and antiques fairs, I think it all started from there.
The first thing I collected was old bottles. In one …
The Disappearing Art of Porcelain Signs
I liked to collect things even as a child. Things that didn’t cost anything, like different colors of stones.
There was something about the advertising that I liked, so in the mid-1970s, I started to pick up porcelain signs. I got heavier and heavier into that, and by the 1980s, I had a fairly substantial collection.
As a result of collecting telephone signs, I would run into other advertisin…