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Vintage Shaw Walker Aluminum/ Wood Mid Century Propeller Desk Chair

Vintage Shaw Walker Aluminum/ Wood Mid Century Propeller Desk Chair

They don't make chairs like this anymore! This Vintage Shaw Walker Aluminum/ Wood Mid Century Propeller Desk Chair is an amazing sturdy office, desk, or steno chair made by Shaw Walker. It includes an all aluminum base construction and was made circa 1940's, WWII. Shaw Walker made these chairs to be used aboard US ships (Worthpoint, 2016). The chair swivels 360 degrees, can adjust up or down for seat height, featuring an up and down backrest as well the backrest pivots for ergonomic seating. The neat fact about this swivel chair is it has an art deco propeller base with brown vinyl something you just don't see todayy.  This chair rides on steel casters with hard rubber tires. It's about 70 years old now and made to last another 70. This is a excellent rare early unit and built like a tank. The chair mesures at 19 inches to seat and 34 top of backrest. This is a great mid century modern vintage era example of an office chair for your home, office, or studio.

In 1899, two men from Muskegon, Michigan A.W. Shaw and L.C. Walker formed Shaw-Walker and opened shop originally in the Opera House block. They had a everlasting impact on industrial and office furniture in the 20th Century (Etsy, 2016). Throughout Shaw-Walker's history, amazing advances in office equipment occurred as a result of their persistence, engineering and ideas. The Shaw-Walker Company played an integral role in the introduction of labor and space-saving equipment into the business office (Watermarkcenter, 2016). The Shaw-Walker Company was sold to Westinghouse House Furniture Systems in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1989. The former Shaw Walker Furniture Factory is now the Watermark Center, a million square feet, mixed use development like lofts and apartments, in Muskegon, Michigan. This is a first-rate example of the quality office furniture Walker and Shaw produced.

You won't find these chairs at Office Depot or Amazon since they are no longer made. These chairs are sought after, collectable, and often overlooked. While you can find them online at auction houses, it's very cool to find one in such great condition on eBay and only listed for $258 US dollars. Shaw-Walker's well designed and sturdy furniture is only now beginning to get the recognition it deserves.

Resources:

1940s Shaw Walker Steno Desk Chair. (n.d.). Retrieved June 15, 2016, from http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/1940s-shaw-walker-steno-desk-chair-174087309

History of the Building. (n.d.). Retrieved June 15, 2016, from http://www.watermarkcenter.com/lofts/history/

Impressive Vintage Shaw Walker Office Chair circa 1950s Wood and Aluminum Industrial Furniture. (n.d.). Retrieved June 15, 2016, from https://www.etsy.com/listing/152624452/impressive-vintage-shaw-walker-office

 

Vintage Top-Loader Wardrobe Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk

Vintage Top-Loader Wardrobe Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk Superstar Universe, LLC Product Blog

Let's talk about one of the most overlooked items at garage sales and online sales. Louis Vuitton luggage and other leather goods! For example, This Vintage Monogram Top-Loader Wardrobe Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk, circa 1920's-1940's is a rare model! This particular Louis Vuitton Wardrobe Monogram Trunk has features like the lift top, enabling a top-loading capability. It includes monogram canvas, all brass hardware, and Iozine leather trim.

This particular trunk includes interior and exterior with all original latches, handles, drawers and hangers. The Interior has 11 very rare hangers, the trunk is all original and a very rare extra large size.  Dimensions: 44" length x 22" height x 22" depth and approximately 85 pounds. (LV Trunks, 2016.) The materials in this trunk are Wood, Canvas, Leather, and Brass. The interior features large drawer handles (instead of pulls) and hatbox webbing. Lastly, this trunk has rollers on the base, which is a very rare find on Louis Vuitton wardrobe models.

Louis Vuitton Malletier is his original name but he is now commonly referred to as Louis Vuitton, or LV for short (Wikipedia, 2016). Louis Vuitton is now a French fashion house in which the label's LV monogram appears on most of its products, ranging from luxury trunks and leather products to shoes, watches, accessories, sunglasses and books. Louis Vuitton is one of the world's leading international fashion houses; selling its products through standalone boutiques, lease departments in high-end department stores, and through the e-commerce section of its website. For six consecutive years (2006–2012), Louis Vuitton was named the world's most valuable luxury brand. Its 2012 his brand was valued at US $25.9 billion dollars. In 2013 LV was valued at US$28.4 billion dollars with revenue of US $9.4 billion. The company operates in 50 countries with more than 460 stores worldwide.

Louis Vuitton founded his label in 1854 on Rue Neuve des Capucines in Paris, France. He had observed that trunks of his time could be easily stacked and in 1858, Vuitton introduced his flat-bottom trunks with Trianon canvas, making them lightweight and airtight. Before he introduced his line of trunks, rounded-top trunks were used, generally to promote water run off, and thus could not be stacked. It was Vuitton's gray Trianon canvas flat trunk that solved this problem, creating ease of use for ship voyages. Many other luggage makers imitated LV's style but never exactly duplicated his design.

A stunning & rare piece for the serious collector. We think this is a great working piece! Use this piece for what it was meant for, grand travels over the world or set as the main conversation piece in your living room but please don't just use it as a coffee table! This is a top-of-the-line model. A great addition for the serious collector. This trunk retails in the US for $22,999.99 on eBay and approximately $24,000 elsewhere. You will no longer find trunks like this just anywhere and lucky to find one in such great condition on eBay. If you are interested in the Louis Vuitton line of fashion check out Amazon's Louis Vuitton's line of shoulder bags and purses!

Resources:

Louis Vuitton. (n.d.). Retrieved June 13, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Vuitton

Vintage & antique trunks are our speciality. (n.d.). Retrieved June 13, 2016, from http://www.lvtrunks.com/shop/rare-louis-vuitton-monogram-canvas-top-loader-wardrobe-trunk-in-excellent-condition-circa-1940s#.V154ezVwvbw

Vintage Louis Vuitton Top-Loader Wardrobe, Circa 1940's | World's Best. (n.d.). Retrieved June 13, 2016, from https://www.worldsbest.com/home/1461637201/vintage-louis-vuitton-top-loader-wardrobe-circa-1940s

Ferris Bueller's Day Off 30th Anniversary

Ferris Bueller's Day Off Wikimedia Movie Poster
Ferris Bueller's Day Off Wikimedia Movie Poster Quote Pics Life Moves Pretty Fast If You Don't Stop and Look Around Once, You Could Miss It

Ferris Bueller's Day Off was one of the best wrriten movies of its time! Today June 11, 2016 is the movie's 30th anniversary. We here at Superstar Universe, LLC have seen this movie 100 times at least and could replay it almost word for word for you but will not ruin the spoilers if you have not seen it. Maybe that is an exaggeration but we have see it quite a few times and just love this movie! The lead character Ferris Bueller played by (Mathew Broderick) plays a smash job as senior skipper with sister Jeannie played by (Jennifer Grey) from (Dirty Dancing) who along with principal Ed Rooney play by (Jeffery Jones) try to catch him while his parents are at work (Wikipedia, 2016).

Economics Teacher: Bueller?... Bueller?... Bueller? (IMDB, 2016) Instead, high-schooler Ferris Bueller (Mathew Broderick), his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara), and his best bud Cameron (Alan Ruck) are off on the spontaneous romp through Chicago known as Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The movie produced in 1986, directed and written by John Hughes, is PG-13 and runs about an hour and 43 minutes. If you are looking for a great laugh for the evening, you have found it in this great comedic movie! The film was written on a budget of $5.8 million but at the box office took in $70,136,369 (Wikipedia, 2016)!! This made the move a phenomenal hit in the public's eyes and subsequently became the 10th-highest-grossing film that year. This movie produces marketable merchandise still today like Tee-shirts, Hot Wheels, and you can even get the Ferris Bueller costume!

Amazon.com shows this movie online through streaming or you can order a copy of the DVD and have it shipped to your home. The price ranges from $3.50 to about $12.49 depending which version you order. The multiformat DVD copy is the most expensive while renting a HD copy of the movie for $3.99 is the least expensive. Ferris Bueller's Day Off can be found on eBay for about $5.00 depending who you buy from. Being that today is the movie's 30th anniversary the movie is flying off the shelves on eBay and Amazon! Get your copy now while you can!

Resources:

 

Ferris Bueller's Day Off. (n.d.). Retrieved June 11, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferris_Bueller's_Day_Off.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off Life Moves Pretty Fast [Graphic Design Quote found in Quote Pic]. (n.d.). Retrieved June 11, 2016, from http://quotespics.com/wp-content/quote-images/life-moves-pretty-fast.jpg

Ferris Bueller's Day Off Quotes. (n.d.). Retrieved June 11, 2016, from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091042/

1962 French France Vedettes du Cinema Magazine Marilyn Monroe Cover Vintage Old

1962 French France Vedettes du Cinema Magazine Marilyn Monroe Cover Vintage Old

MARILYN MONROE rare fantastic vintage 1962 tribute photo book magazine Vedettes du Cinema released shortly after her untimely death in 1962. (WorthPoint, 2016.) Published by Jean - Jacques Pauvert in Paris, France (AbeBooks, 2016), with a soft cover binding. This book or magazine is Dedicated to Marilyn with 44 pages including both covers is a very rare collector's item. We found it on eBay looking for Marilyin Monroe Coffee table books. Vedettes du Cinema also did a tribute to Brigitte Bardot the same year. The book is printed in black and white and mostly written in the French language.

Marilyn Monroe was a wonderful talented actress and model in the early 1900s, she lived from 1926 to 1962. The cause of her death is still unknown today as to whether she committed suicide or if she was murdered. Her real name was Norma Jean. She was discovered in 1946 by Bruno Bernard on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood California (Marilyn Monroe, 2016). From the point forward her face was a screen hit and very marketable. Her photos made magazines and books fly off the shelves even still today for Marilyn Monroe collectors. She acted in movies like The Seven Year Itch and Some Like it Hot. Both movies earned 46 million dollars (Wikipedia, 2016). In her life Marilyn was one of the great talents of her time, a humanitarian, an intellectual a style icon and an artist. Her art and her beauty still draw attention no matter the decade!

Today the book/magazine in question can be found on eBay for $89.99. AbeBooks.fr who we are not affiliated with, sells the book for $46.61. Unfortunately this book is not available on Amazon. If you are familiar with Amazon and are looking for a great Marilyn Monroe coffee table book try My Story a Hardcover published in May, 1974 by Marilyn Monroe herself.

 

Resources:

 

Vendettes Du Cinema, Marilyn Monroe. (n.d.). Retrieved June 09, 2016, from http://www.abebooks.fr/Vedettes-Cinema-Marilyn-Monroe-Castelnau-Jean/1329013361/bd

Marilyn Timeline See All. (n.d.). Retrieved June 09, 2016, from http://marilynmonroe.com/about/see-all/

(n.d.). Retrieved June 10, 2016, from http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/1962-french-france-vedettes-du-cinema-488815568

Some Like It Hot. (n.d.). Retrieved June 9, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Some_Like_It_Hot

The Seven Year Itch. (n.d.). Retrieved June 09, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seven_Year_Itch#Box_office

 

Disney Dinosaur's Baby Sinclair Hasbro 1991 Pull String Talking Plush Doll

Disney Dinosaur's Baby Sinclair Hasbro 1991 Pull String Talking Plush Doll Superstar Universe, LLC  Product Blog

Baby Sinclair got his start on the hit sitcom "Dinosaurs" by the Muppets creator Jim Henson in the 1980s (Muppet.Wikia, 2016) which then aired in 1991. The ABC television series Dinosaurs aired from 1991 to 1994 and was produced by Michael Jacobs Productions and Jim Henson Productions in association with Walt Disney Television (Etsy, 2016). The character performed by Kevin Clash with hit sayings like "Not the momma!" toward the the character's father Earl, Brother Robbie, and sister Charlene. Baby is sarcastic and a wisecrack (Wikipedia, 2016). His favorite thing to do is to hit his father Earl on the head with a frying pan while he loves and adores his mother Fran. As the youngest and cutest member of the family, the doll is a Mighty Megalosaurus that catches your heart and laughter.  The entire show were created as muppets. Baby Sinclair was a hand puppet and the smallest member of the show's core regular cast, with the eyes operated by John Kennedy and the arms by Terri Hardin  (replaced by Julianne Buescher for the final season).

Baby Sinclair was the most heavily marketed character out of the show. This Out of Production Rare very collectable Toy Plush Baby Sinclair talks with six sayings including his famous saying "Not the Mama", and five more "I'm Hungry, Feed my mouth", "Hello Fat Boy", "I'm Gonna Bite you now","Gotta Love Me" and "I'm the Baby". Materials used for this wonderful toy include, Polyester fabric, graphic design cardboard box, Plastic, and electronic voice box inside the toy with pull string. The Pull-String doll if purchased brand new comes in Original Box. The doll itself is produced by Hasbro and The Walt Disney Company. Pul the string on the back and you can hear Baby Sinclair say his hit hilarious quotes!

You can buy this great collector doll on Amazon and Ebay for a price difference of about $30. The doll sells brand new on Amazon for $349.95 but you can find it there used too for $69.79. On Ebay the same doll can sell for $99.99. Amazon also sells the Muppet series Dinosaurs for you to reminisce or if you have never seen it before you can watch it for the very first time! You can watch the digital version online or have a DVD copy shipped to your home!

 


Resources:


Baby Sinclair. (n.d.). Retrieved June 08, 2016, from http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Baby_Sinclair

(n.d.). Retrieved June 08, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaurs_(TV_series)#Main_characters

Vintage Disney DINOSAURS BABY SINCLAIR Talking Plush Toy Pull String Henson Hasbro. (n.d.). Retrieved June 08, 2016, from https://www.etsy.com/listing/192354981/vintage-disney-dinosaurs-baby-sinclair

 

 

 

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