Happy Easter From the Victorian Easter Chicks!

Move over Easter Bunny! You’re not the only game in town. During Victorian times Easter Chicks were very popular all over the world as these Victorian postcards attest to. These cards are highly collectible. Usually very pretty. Sometimes cute, sometimes funny, always charming.




We are closed on Easter Sunday so that our employees and all of our wonderful customers can enjoy their day with family and friends. Happy Easter from The Mercantile. And Happy Easter from the Easter Chicks!


Carol Fenn 3-2018

Easter Bunny Photos – Charming to Terrifying!

 
Easter bunny photos can be so sweet. Pretty girls, cute kids, chocolate treats, even Debbie Reynolds! But then we get to the dark side. For some reason, sitting on the lap of a big scary rabbit has never quite caught on with the children.  

Debbie Reynolds

Pretty girl, Easter bunny. Sweet. Not scary. Yet.

A little odd. But cute.

While waiting his turn, the Easter bunny was plotting against Superman

The Little Rascals. Petey the dog says, “where are my bunny ears?”

“Just don’t look him in the eye and maybe he’ll go away”

“Mom?” “Dad?”

Mmmm … two delicious little children …

“Now one more time. Why is it that you enjoy terrifying little children?”

Uh oh! They’re multiplying … like … like … um … Like rabbits!

Mommy!

Mom!! He’s wearing my bib!

Drunk on the same fermented juice?

He’s giving this one a head start

If the bunny threatens you, just give us a thumbs up …

Bunnies love shoulder meat. It’s so tender.

Little Donald’s face froze like that

Mom. Dad. You’re kiddin’ me right?

Watch those paws Mr. Bunny

She’s gonna be hard to catch in those roller blades …

Happy Easter one and all!

Carol Fenn 4-2017

Those Funny Valentines!

Not surprisingly, it was a Frenchman who committed the earliest surviving Valentine’s greeting to paper. While imprisoned in the Tower of London following the 1415 battle of Agincourt, the Duke of Orleans wrote to his wife:”Je suis desja d’amour tanné

Ma tres doulce Valentinée”

This translates roughly as, “I am already sick of love, my very gentle Valentine.” This remarkable letter survives in the manuscript collections of the British Library.
Now let’s move forward a few hundred years to circa 1960 and we enter the world of the funny, corny, inexpensive mid twentieth century Valentine. Now if you are, ahem, of a certain age, you remember these. Bought by your mother in a huge pack at the five and dime you gave one to every kid in your class.  



Surprisingly creepy cats




Enjoy this walk down memory lane if you remember these. If you’re too young to remember, I’m sure you’ll enjoy them too! And they’re also tons of fun to collect!  


Carol Fenn 2-2019

Shop at Midtown and Help Save The Dogs and Cats of Tucson

Did you know that by buying antiques and vintage items at Midtown Mercantile (4443 E Speedway, Tucson AZ) you can help support two local animal rescue organizations?  

Hope Animal Shelter maintains their booth on our main floor.  Since 2006, HOPE Animal Shelter has provided a no-kill, cage-free haven for abandoned dogs and cats while they await adoption. It offers a clean, loving environment that allows socialization and a smoother transition into a permanent home. HOPE ensures that their animals are well cared for both emotionally and physically during this trying time in their lives.

Some of the offerings in Hope Animal Shelter’s booth on the main floor


Dogs and cats at Hope

In the southeast corner of our north warehouse you’ll find TUCSON CARES booth filled with charming items from Kismet, the volunteer run vintage wares outlet for Tucson CARES. Tucson Cares (Companion Animal Rescue, Education and Support) is a grass-roots, 100% volunteer-driven animal welfare 501(c)3 that goes beyond rescue and adoption into other elements of the no-kill model, of which they are passionate advocates. They are whole-heartedly dedicated to ‘saving the savable’ and ‘treating the treatable’ animals of Pima County.

Cuteness resides in the Tucson Cares (Kismet) booth


We appreciate your help

So come on in. Buy some treasures for your home. And help save and bring comfort to Tucson’s needy cats and dogs.

Carol Fenn 10-2018

2019 Tucson Modernism Market at Midtown

Tucson Modernism Week is upon us! Here at Midtown the annual Gala will be on Friday, October 11 from 5 to 8 PM. The ten-day modernism market being hosted by Midtown Mercantile merchants goes on from Oct. 4 – Oct. 13. Midtown is a designated affiliate of the Tucson historical preservation foundation. The market will feature Mid Century Modern vendors from around the country offering a curated selection of fine vintage MCM furniture and decor. 

Of course, we believe that the 10 day Modernism Market is the highlight of Tucson Modernism Week, but there are a lot of other modernist things going on all over Tucson. Lectures, tours, etc.  The 2018 home tour was wonderful. Here are some photos. Enjoy the modernism!

 




See you at the market!

Carol Fenn 10-2019

Happy Birthday Tucson!

Today is Tucson’s birthday!! Happy Birthday to The Old Pueblo!

The history of Tucson, Arizona, begins thousands of years ago but officially dates back to August 20, 1775 when Hugo O’Conor establishes the Tucson Presidio. This year marks the official birthdate of the City of Tucson. Tucson becomes part of Mexico when it fights for independence in 1821. After the Gadsden Purchase in 1854, Tucson falls under the jurisdiction of the United States.

Arizona becomes an official territory in 1863. Between 1867 and 1877, Tucson holds the title of territorial capitol. In 1880, the Southern Pacific Railroad reaches Tucson. The population reaches 8,000.

Arizona became the 48th state in the Union in 1912. By 1950 Tucson’s population has reached 120,000 and by 1960 it nearly doubled to 220,000. 

Tucson becomes the 33rd largest U.S. city in 1990 as its population tops 400,000.

So happy birthday to our home. Raise a glass. Bake a cake. Gaze at the sunset. Whatever you do, enjoy this day, Tucson’s birthday!

Carol Fenn 8-2018

Celebrating Labor Day Art!

Labor Day – the perfect day to celebrate antique and vintage labor posters and other labor related art.

Some honor home front workers supporting the war effort. Many support and celebrate the union labor movement, which brought so many important rights to American workers.

Woman Labor – 1912


Some are 1930’s WPA posters – the Works Progress Administration which, thanks to Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, employed the unemployed and helped bring us out of the Great Depression.

The “Free Labor Will Win” poster represents fighting the Axis dictators in World War II (which had “unfree” labor) combined with President Roosevelt’s positive policies toward organized labor unions.

There are Women’s labor posters, anti child-labor posters, etc. I’ve also included a labor related US stamp and the movie poster from the great movie, Metropolis, about a shining Art Deco city which is powered by thousands of poor abused workers living underground.

Come on in to the Midtown Mercantile Mall at 4443 E. Speedway in Tucson, Arizona. We have many merchants who sell vintage art. There just might be some of these old labor posters in the mall right now. If you hang a few of these on your wall you will have a wonderful historic collection, and they are beautiful as well!

Carol Fenn 9-2017

Back To School – Back Then!

Back in the day, before the first day of school, (which used to be mid-September) your Mom or Dad would take you shopping for new clothes and new shoes.

Shopping at one of those newfangled “shopping malls.”

No self service shoes back then

We loved our lunch boxes

In those days, the clothes, no matter how much they cost, a lot or a little, were quality, finely made, and they lasted until you grew out of them. And this was probably the only time you got new clothes until the next year.
After you were done shopping for clothes you might get treated to a brand new lunch box. Which one should you get? Yogi Bear, Peanuts, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Popeye, Underdog, Huckleberry Hound, Mary Poppins, Hee Haw, Batman, Julia, The Flintstones, or what? There were so many! Why is it so hard to pick?

So many to choose from!

Last, grab a composition book, a pack of pencils and maybe a cool pencil box. That’s all you needed. Everything else was supplied by the school.  Oh, and hopefully your mom will save some paper grocery bags so that you can cover your textbooks with them.

We didn’t have to pay for books but we had to protect them

Today, kids go back to school in the middle of summer and parents receive the school’s annual list of classroom supplies that they must purchase and deliver. It can be three or four pages long and can include, several cleaning products and even a Costco-sized package of toilet paper. It might even include a huge bag of flour! This is in addition to the school supplies for your own child. Masks, a backpack, paper, pens, folders, notebooks, a calligraphy set, fifteen new apps for their tablets, a graphing calculator, a scalpel, an electron microscope and a centrifuge. And clothing? You’ll be buying clothes all year because today’s clothes only last thru maybe a half a dozen laundry cycles. Doesn’t sound like much fun does it? And not to mention the expense. Many parents cannot afford all of these items, hence the school supply drives that pop up this time of year.

And I’m certainly not a snob about how people dress but just check out the difference in the crossing guards then and now.

Then

Now

Hey, to beat those back to school blues come on in to The Mercantile at 4443 E. Speedway, Tucson AZ.  You might find one of those old lunch boxes to help bring back those “back in the day” memories.


Carol Fenn 8-2017

A Very Visual (and vintage) 4th of July!

The 4th of July! Barbecues. Fireworks! Colorful flags flying everywhere. And in the midst of all of this revelry it might be fun to go back in time and look at some of the ways this American holiday has been celebrated in the past. We love the past here at The Mercantile. After all, we are an antique mall! We love all this old stuff!


Postcards, black and white photos of movie stars, (is that Marilyn Monroe?), cast iron banks, etc. all very collectible and fun to revisit. And check out those 4th of July costumes! Fun and festive!




Happy 4th from The Midtown Mercantile Antique Mall!  Enjoy these photos and enjoy your holiday. And don’t forget the apple pie!


Carol Fenn 7-2018

Happy Father’s Day 2018!

Father’s Day is coming up. You have a few more days to find a special gift for your special dad! Come on in to The Midtown Mercantile Mall where we can fulfill Dad’s dreams!  

It’s Father’s Day from morning ’til night!

I thought this would be a fun time to share some mid twentieth century Father’s Day advertising and a few great old Father’s Day cards. It’s so much fun to go back and revisit these images.

Dogs love dad too!

Some might be quite questionable though. After all this was a time when folks were being told, through advertising, that smoking cigarettes was actually good for you! Yes, it’s true!


Yep, this is a real ad!

Anyway, enjoy these ads. Enjoy the cards. And we’ll see you at the mall. Heck, bring Dad in with you! It’s nice and cool in here … he’ll like it!


Carol Fenn 6-2018