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Feliz Cinco de Mayo ~ Collecting Vintage Bauer Pottery and the NEW Bauer Pottery Company

May 5th = Cinco de Mayo

There's plenty of info out there about this day and its importance to Mexico. [CdM History links.]

But for us gringos, it's the perfect excuse to drink tequila and cervesas with our tacos and guacam-ole!

If I were still living in Southern California, I'd pull out one of my vintage Mexico-themed tablecloths, and set  the table with my colorful vintage Bauer Pottery dishes, and have a PARTY!

I'll bet you thought I'd say FIESTA, and then show you pix of vintage Homer Laughlin "Fiesta" dishes... like this:

But I don't collect Fiesta. I used to collect Bauer Pottery, and still have a lot of my fun rainbow-colored collection displayed in my kitchen.

I am especially fond of my group of rare hand painted Bauer plates. Here's a fuzzy shot of a few:

Bauer was one of the great "CALIFORNIA POTTERY" companies and is highly collectible. For Bauer history check out these sites:
Photos of collections of vintage Bauer pottery:

Here's the gorgeous kitchen set from the TV show The New Normal, chock full of vibrant California pottery tiles and dishes. I'm sure many pieces are from the gorgeous line of NEW Bauer Pottery.

There is a great line of new Bauer Pottery , that looks like the original, but is clearly marked as new. They imprint "Bauer 2000" on the bottom of each piece.

You can get your damaged vintage Bauer pieces restored. They are set up with the right glazes and colors.

Oil Jar during repair (left) and after (right)

They are even reproducing the Bauer Russel Wright pieces.

Kentucky Derby Day the Vintage Way ~ Collecting Kentucky Derby Glasses, Hats, Toys, and Horse Racing History Books

The first Saturday in May is Kentucky Derby Day!

Racing Museum Hall of Fame

It's Derby Time! 

The famous horse race is always on the first Saturday in May, so this year it's on May 2, 2015. 

Here's just a tiny taste of Kentucky Derby history and lore.

Get all the details @ the Kentucky Derby Official Website.

There's more to it than just beautiful horses. There are beautiful hats, interesting traditions (including an official drink), and lots of memorabilia and collectibles.

For Derby history:
Check out the Kentucky Derby Museum website.
See the Kentucky Derby Museum's photo albums.

The Kentucky Derby Museum

For 2015, the museum will have vintage photos of celebrity attendees. The Stars of the Stands” exhibit focuses on how fame and celebrity transformed the Kentucky Derby into an iconic event.

Kentucky Derby Museum showed fun side of Derby in 2014's Horse Play Exhibit

 In 2014, the Kentucky Derby Museum had a wonderful vintage horse race toy exhibit.

Note: the toy exhibit was only for 2014 - "The museum has purchased a circa-1970’s, coin-operated, Kentucky Derby-themed carousel ride to become a permanent mainstay of the museum for this exhibit.

Media images can be found here courtesy of Kentucky Derby Museum: https://www.flickr.com/photos/77780824@N08/sets/72157642950705793/

Mint Julep 

The Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. Early Times Kentucky Whisky has been privileged and honored to be a part of that tradition. The Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail has been "The Official Mint Julep of the Kentucky Derby" for more than 18 years.
How to Make a mint julep.

Kentucky Derby Mint Julip Glasses
Click to enlarge the pic.

From 'A Taste of Kentucky': "While the concept of serving mint juleps was not new, the development of the Mint Julep Glass came later.

Many people think that Kentucky Derby Mint Julep glasses started in 1938, but although the confusion is understandable, they did not. What happened in 1938 is that instead of serving their mint juleps in paper cups, Churchill Downs served them in tall water glasses and people kept stealing them!

So the following year in 1939 Churchill Downs created a promotional piece — the birth of the Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Glass — that people could purchase and keep as a souvenir of their visit to the Kentucky Derby.

Over the years mint julep glasses have gone through many designs and styles."

It's a fun tradition for ladies to wear big-brimmed flower and ribbon trimmed hats at the Kentucky Derby.

Some designers specialize in over-the-top toppers. Read "Crowning Glory: The Art of Kentucky Derby Hats".

Siverson's special wire design within the brim of each of her hats allows for them to be easily reshaped once customers receive them. This "Gentle Breeze" hat showcases her characteristic "sexy swoop."
Believe it or not, this hat's relatively conservative.

Ladie's hats have been fanciful for decades (at least).  Here's an illustration from 1902 from the Edwardian Clothing fashion history blog


May Queen For A Day ~ May Day Maypole Dance Celebrations ~ Collecting Vintage Photo Postcards

Vintage Products for the Merry Month of May

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Isn't it appropriate that income tax month begins with April Fool's Day and ends with cries of MayDay!?

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

“As full of spirit as the month of May, and as gorgeous as the sun in Midsummer.”  ― William Shakespeare

The Pretty Month of May by Schumann

Happy May Day!

May 1st is another celebration-day for us to enjoy some pretty antique postcards and photographs.

Here's a lovely May Queen all decked out to celebrate this Rite of Spring. Isn't this hand tinted photo postcard gorgeous!

There are many rituals, generally including women and children. There are several traditions behind the day, and many people have written about it.

Here are just a few assorted links along with some vintage postcards and photos. Pretty images of May Queens and Maypole Dancers abound, from Victorian era cigar box labels...

Read about the MAYPOLE DANCE here.

Read about the crowning of the lovely MAY QUEEN.

1920's McCall's Magazine May Queen paper dolls by artist Barbara Hale.

Stereo-view Photographs and RPPCs (real photo postcards).

Check out this site -- this woman has the most amazing collection of May Day postcards-- all showing MAYPOLES!!

Here's the site of another gal who is having too much fun with the whole May Day scene!

Hope you enjoyed these pretty May Day images.

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