The International Art Ware Corporation was too long a name and therefore most people know it by its shorter version, INARCO. This company, which is known for its lady head vases, was established in Cleveland, Ohio in the early 60s but was later sold to NAPCO and moved to Jacksonville, Florida. The company’s founder was Irwin Garber and it is believed that his wife served as a model for many of the head vases that the company createdMore . . . > > >
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I don’t watch a lot of TV because I am always trying to be productive and work; besides there are not a lot of good shows on TV anymore. TV has become a cornucopia of silly and sometimes stupid reality shows that do not inspire me; unless of course they have anything to do with antiques and collectibles, such as Cash and Cari. One show, that is not a reality show, which has caught my attention, is Mad Men. I started with episode one via Netflix and I am now into the fourth season of six.
If you have not watched this show, it is set in the early 1960’s and it is about an advertising agency in New York, starring Jon Hamm as Creative Director Don Draper. The storylines are sometimes dramatic and sometimes funny and involve way too much smoking and drinking; some of their office parties are downright outlandish. What has caught my attention about this show, more so than the storyline, is the Mid Century Modern furnishings, décor and accessories which bring back memories of my early childhood.
The characters in this show sit on Eames style office chairs and sip liquor from Dorothy Thorpe roly poly glasses. They stub out countless cigarettes in Murano Art Glass ashtrays. Throughout the show there are scenes with multi-line black desk phones as well as retro rotary dial telephones in a variety of colors. Mid Century Modern TVs adorn living rooms along with vintage Bauhaus couches and chairs. Employees speak into vintage dictation machine and secretaries type on old IBM Selectric typewriters. And apparently, I am not the only one that feels that nostalgic when watching the show.
It seems that many auction houses and antiques and collectibles shops have seen a recent upswing in the sale of Mid Century Modern antiques and collectibles. This includes everything from the blond bedroom furniture of day to vintage Trifari rhinestone necklaces; silver plated liquor cocktail shakers, abstract expressionist ceramic sculptures as well as vintage clock radios. Additionally, the antique car market has seen a growing interest in 1960s automobiles. Which is no surprise, considering that in one season Don Draper drives a beautiful red Cadillac Coupe De Ville with a white convertible top.