Category Archives: Souvenirs & Roadside Junk

MAYFLOWER DOWNYFLAKE DONUTS OPTIMISTS CREED COFFEE MUG

mayflower downyflake donuts mug

This fun vintage Mayflower Downyflake Donuts coffee mug has the original logo with the Optimists' Creed: As you ramble on thru life brother whatever be your goals, keep your eye upon the doughnut and not upon the hole. Mayflower, which first opened in New York City in 1931, originated the now common spelling of "donut" during World War II. We have also heard that this logo was a painted wall mural inside the Downyflake Donut Shop in Melbourne, Australia. It was manufactured by the Sterling China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio in the same high quality as all Sterling vintage restaurantware. It measures 5.5 inches tall. We sold this mug at auction and bidders went do-nuts over it. We aren’t really sure if they were Mayflower / Downyflake donut advertising collectors, or just folks who love donuts and that adorable quote. In any case, this particular post continues to be popular on atomicspacejunk.com two years after the original cup sold! These mugs are pretty rare, but check below for other Mayflower Donuts collectibles…one of these great mugs may just show up, too! read more

Vintage War Patches

WWII RCAF Gander Field patch

RCAF VINTAGE CANADIAN WWII GANDER FIELD EMBLEM PATCH

This authentic World War II Royal Canadian Air Force patch for Gander Field has a great logo of a goose in a leather flying helmet. Gander Field was an airstrip in Newfoundland, used by Canadian Forces during World War II. The Gander International Airport is still in operation today. Though the patch has plenty of authentic war grease, the emblem and wonderful embroidered details on the wool felt patch are still intact and in very good condition. Patch measures approximately 5 inches in diameter. It is up for auction now and is receiving much interest already. read more

PIET HEIN SUPER EGG

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Original 1966 Piet Hein Super Egg...

The original Danish Modern novelty, the Super Egg is the invention of Danish designer-scientist-author-poet-inventor-artist Piet Hein (a busy man!), who designed an object based on the mathematical equation of the super-ellipse. Through mathematics, he was able to create an oblong object, free of any flat surfaces, that will stand perfectly on end, no matter how big, small or heavy the object (or how many are stacked on one another). Made in 1966, this is the original Piet Hein Super Egg, direct from "The Super-Egg World Center". The Super Egg is a small 1.25 inch super-ellipse made of polished coated brass and is very heavy for its size. It has a pretty little red leather storage pouch that fits it perfectly when not in use. The Piet Hein Super Egg includes all of the original paperwork and information booklet, which is easily as fascinating and entertaining as playing with the Super Egg. Information includes the origin and mathematical equations of the Super Egg, suggested uses, historic facts, physics demonstrations and magic tricks, one of Hein's "grooks" and a glossy booklet with beautiful black & white photos...its like the Modernist version of the Pet Rock! It became a popular US import upon its "hatching", and Hein's fascination led him to create all sorts of practical items like salt & pepper shakers, paperweights, tables, cups and other decorative home decor based on the super-ellipse shape. This was a very rare item that does not show up for sale often. It received an opening bid within a day and is now sold. read more

FRENCH LINE CGT RARE ART DECO ETCHED GLASS ASHTRAY

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This beautiful and rare CGT French Line ocean liner vintage ashtray is made of glass with a nice stylized etched image in the center. The Art Deco era ashtray has a simple and stylish look, and it is quite heavy and impressive. It was definitely used and has some chips along the bottom rim (a couple of spots are flaws/bubbles in the glass from the manufacturing process). We always joked that the damage happened during a bad storm at sea, and you are welcome to use the same story...who knows, it might be true. The ashtray measures 5 inches in diameter and sits 1 inch tall. The photos don't show the design very well; it is actually crisper and clearer in person. It looks just like classic etched glass with no fading or loss of detail. read more

Lafayette Motor Inn Atlantic City Vintage Souvenir His & Her Mugs

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This swell pair of His & Her vintage souvenir coffee mugs are from the historic LaFayette Motor Inn of Atlantic City, New Jersey. They are heavy-duty commercial-grade restaurantware mugs from Hall China of Ohio, who manufactured these classic footed mugs for a variety of businesses. The mugs are in excellent condition, showing virtually no wear whatsoever. The only flaw is a very small amount of fading beginning on the gold "His" and "Hers" lettering. They stand 6 inches tall. read more

SOUTHERN RAILWAY CONDUCTOR’S LIFE IN A RAILROAD STRONG BOX

vintage southern railway collection

An absolutely unique and one-of-a-kind collection of antique railroad memorabilia, this is a 1940’s Southern Railway train conductor's life in a box.

This is a truly amazing collection of vintage Southern Railway train memorabilia, and it’s not your average “collection”.

Instead, it is the actual working strong box filled with items items and ephemera the original Southern Railway employee used on the railroad. The collection includes an original railroad toolbox, a rare and authentic Southern Railway engineer hat, and loads of paper and books stamped with the Southern name. The large box is an original Southern Railway steel toolbox with removable tray and measures 20 inches x 10 inches x 12.5 inches. It has its original red paint and is hand-personalized with the conductor's initials. The Southern Railway toolbox contains dozens of pieces of rare documents, booklets, manuals, etc., as well as personal effects, pencils, carbon paper, and other items used by the conductor while on the railroad. Items include a hardbound Southern Railway book of operating rules, three work time books (only one has one page filled out, the rest are blank), an amazing cloth-backed hardcover bound Ohio Railway map from 1914, a ticket agent / baggage agent booklet of rules and regulations, an unused hardcover shipping car ledger, three large fold-out time tables (2 are duplicate from 1947, the other from 1961), two types of unused Southern Railway letterhead envelopes, one for business (4 pieces) and one for baggage agents (12 pieces), three shipping ledger pads for U.S. mail bags and baby chicks, Atlanta Terminal timetables for December 1947 and January 1948, three switch lists (they are unused on the front, but have scrawled mathematical calculations written on the backs), a conductor's wheel report, way bills for empty cars (some used and some unused), two Time Return for Engineers & Conductors books (one is empty with only the stubs intact, the other is unused), a Southern Railway Shipping salesman notebook with the slogan "We Want Your Freight!" (a few pages missing but mostly intact), overtime explanation sheets, and, probably the most important items in this collection…the conductor / owner's stamped metal name tag and two official conductor seniority lists from 1945 and 1947. These documents list the original owner and user of this collection. The document from 1945 lists the owner, Alton John Floyd, as trainmen. The document from 1947 lists Mr. Floyd as train conductor. read more

NORTHWEST AIRLINES VINTAGE FIRE KING COFFEE MUG

vintage northwest airlines mug

THIS VINTAGE NORTHWEST AIRLINES FIRE KING COFFEE MUG WAS MADE BY ANCHOR HOCKING AND FEATURES THE CLASSIC NORTHWEST COMPASS LOGO WITH A STRIKING ORANGE TO YELLOW GRADIENT FINISH. MADE OF ATOMIC BLAST-PROOF FIRE KING MILK GLASS, IT HAS STOOD THE TEST OF TIME AND WILL FOR MANY, MANY YEARS TO COME. THE MUG MEASURES 3.5 INCHES TALL AND THE BASE IS FULLY MARKED WITH THE HOCKING AND FIRE KING LOGOS. IT SHOWS SIGNS OF MINOR WEAR, A FEW SCRATCHES AND SMALL PAINT CHIPS, BUT STILL IN VERY GOOD CONDITION WITH NO FADING AND NO CHIPS OR CRACKS IN THE GLASS.
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DUNKIN DONUTS COFFEE MUGS

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PAIR OF REALLY COOL (OR HOT?) VINTAGE DUNKIN DONUTS RESTAURANT COFFEE MUGS WERE BUILT TO WITHSTAND THE TEST OF TIME AND ABUSE AND HAVE HELD UP AMAZINGLY UNDER MODERATE USE. THE CLASSIC DUNKIN' DONUTS LOGO APPEARS ON EACH SIDE IN COFFEE-BROWN TONES AND THEY ARE STILL IN EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH NO FADING. THEY ARE VERY HEAVY FOR THEIR COMPACT SIZE, WITH THICK WALLS AND EXTRA-HARD GLAZE THAT WILL MAKE THESE LAST FOR YEARS TO COME. THEY MEASURE 3 INCHES TALL AND WERE MANUFACTURED BY REGO RESTAURANT WARE. THEY HAVE NO CHIPS, CRACKS, SCRATCHES, CRAZING OR FADING. read more