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{FAVOURITE FIND} 1930’s BAD ASS COOL DUDES PREP SCHOOL GROUP PHOTO!!!

These boys clearly know what’s up!

We love photos like these that go to prove the notion of ‘cool’ is absolutely timeless!!! We might argue that these guys bring ‘cool’ to a level that we barely even reach these daze. . .

We’re all consumed by our social media accounts, and the latest trend – meanwhile, these boys understand true camaraderie, having fun, looking good, and not taking life so seriously!

It’s fun also to imagine the in’s and out’s of these boys life outside the frame. They are, indeed, a very eclectic bunch, and who even knows what this photo was taken for?

We believe its some kind of class photo from a prep school, and judging from the wear on the photo, and their clothes – taken sometime in the 1930s. The handsome devil in the striped sweater vest in the centre of the group is obviously the ring leader. Love his buddies chilling on the stone orbs flanking the stairs.

Its photos like these that make you wish you could dive right into these photos and experience the moment – lucky for us, we have a singular moment captured forever with the magic of sunlight and silver.

We picture this framed for your home or workplace, or simply as some true style inspiration . . .

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Until next time,

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E.O.F. Presents +KNIGHTS OF THE SANDCASTLE+

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There once was a mysterious band of knights who roamed and raved their days and nights along the banks of the cool dark waters. Young and wild, they howled at the moon like the wolves, and on the clear days when the sun seemed to sparkle like diamonds on their faces, they stood sullen like statues of antiquity before cawing and cooing outrageously to their peers. 

They sat watching the crowd waves roar; the boardwalk full of walking visitors, strange and new from far away places, that would all turn away in disdain from the boys of summer, sensing somehow their mighty position above it all . . . 

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They weren’t there for the sights and sounds, instead vying for an order of things far from the distressing quarrels of everyday society. 

Simple positions shared amongst them all. One assigned to watch, another to distribute, another to discover, and the rest to play by the rules. No one over stepped a turn at the bottle, for each one knew that their last could be any day.  Neville, one of the leaders, would say, ‘Never shy from your true colours’ and these they would display with unbroken pride. 

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Your honour was earned by the friendships you garnered and gathered. 

Some say they had magic on their sides; magic powers taken from the ages, used to ensure their place along the sand dunes. Others say they made friends easily, but were actually ghosts playing games on the common folk. 

Only one place in the world for them. A sacred fellowship that haunts us all to this day . . . 

I like to imagine seeing them there every time I go back to the seaside. Guarding their little corner of the Earth, and protecting the small sliver of paradise they managed to claim as their own. 

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Sometimes I can hear them sing their favourite tune; a memory that wavers from faded dream to brilliant exuberance.

 It was a familiar one made their own by one of their musically gifted initiates – 

 

“Going down to Stoney End.

 I never wanted to go down to Stoney End. 

Momma let me start all over! 

Cradle me Momma!

Cradle me Again . . . “

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The Knights of the Sandcastle need your help reviving their unique spirit that has been suppressed by the ages.

With their help, you too can be free. We have lots of wicked vintage apparel in the {SHOP} today so make sure you take a look, and invite a friend while you’re at it!

Our {SHOP} on ETSY is stocked full of goodies, so take a peak before they’re gone. . .

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Voyage of Discovery: Living “Barefoot in Paradise”

Known as the most beautiful restaurant on the beach at Wakiki, The Queen’s Surf was a highly popular restaurant and nightclub in Hawaii throughout the 1950s and 60s, gaining popularity as the yearnings for the mythologies of paradise became more and more prevalent in popular culture!

Tourists from all over flocked to The Queen’s Surf for the music, a tropical drink, amazing traditional Hawaiian food unlike anything served on the mainland, and most of all, the “Hula Cop” who entertained nightly at the famous Barefoot Bar.

The “Hula Cop” was none other than Sterling Mossman, a native Hawaiian who was famous for his wild double life; by day he acted as a Detective for the Honolulu Police Department, and by night would make the transformation to ultra suave and charming impresario and ambassador of Hawaiian culture at the Barefoot Bar.

The Mossmans have always had a special place in Hawaiian culture as a family dedicated to bringing their island’s traditions to the public forefront. In the 1920s, the Mossman family had owned and operated the “Lalani Hawaiian Village”; the first of its kind, an outdoor venue that displayed and sold traditional Hawaiian gifts and objects to tourists – it was closed with the outbreak of WWII.

The Queen’s Surf was a one-of-a-kind experience that is still remembered today for its Hollywood calibre entertainment (with Sterling Mossman doing much of the entertaining himself), and their fantastic full course traditional Luaus; held on the beach, they would definitely give tourists something to remember their trip by. A true taste and feel for life on the islands…

This visceral and enchanting experience, both luxurious and primitive, was something new, right on the brink alongside books, films, and TV Shows set against Hawaii’s lush landscape.

Excited to encapsulate on the growing curiosity and interest towards all things Hawaiian, Sterling Mossman was approached by friend and businessman Clarence Hara who seeked out Mossman to use the “Barefoot”  in the design of a new label of clothing dedicated to the Hawaiian life and style!

Decorating the walls of the Barefoot Bar were “Barefoot” symbols on signs, as well as wallpaper decorating the space. These “Barefoot” symbols became the signature for a new label inspired by Mossman, called “Barefoot in Paradise”…

“Barefoot in Paradise” was a brand known for it’s unique prints, high quality fabric, and attention to detail. It was everything you would expect from the brand that represented the “Hula Cop” – fun, fresh, dynamic, stylish, and most of all, tasteful.

In fact, Sterling Mossman (and his Barefoot Gang) would only continue to rise in popularity as novels like John Michener’s “Hawaii” became huge hits, and TV shows like the 1959 series Hawaiian Eye (based loosely on Sterling himself)  took the airwaves by storm!

Mossman would later appear in an episode of the series, as well as being featured in the pilot of Hawaii-Five O in 1968, in a set modeled after his famous bar.

Sadly, on December 31,  1969 the Queen’s Surf closed its doors, and in 1971, the historic building was demolished leaving only the memories of luaus past and legends of Hollywood glory. Over 700 people showed up for the chance to sit in the bar for one last time, and the chance to rub shoulders with a star.

Go Barefoot, as the brand is called today, still exists sans the actual “Barefoot” logo that had given birth to the brand. In the 1970s “Barefoot” sold their logo to the iconic surf brand Hang Ten, and carried on with producing Hawaiian shirts – but something was different. Somehow, it was just not the same.

Today, there are those who still reminisce about the good ole days at the Queen’s Surf. Perhaps you have your own stories. We’d love to hear them if you do. For more information, TikiCentral has been a great resource in learning more about these legends and contains tons of information on other pop culture tidbits regarding Tiki and Polynesian culture!

At the Eye of we are proud to include an amazing piece from the genesis of the “Barefoot in Paradise” brand. This rare shirt is an early example of the brand’s commitment to quality and material, as well as their daring approach to graphics and design.

The shirt features a menagerie of motifs dedicated to the concept of voyage and discovery; no doubt an ode to the many voyagers who made their way to the islands of Hawaii, turning it into the bright and culturally diverse haven it is today.

A piece of history that explains history in a fun and exciting way! You definitely do not see that very often.

All this history makes me thirsty for a Zombie, though!

Hope we capitalized on a few interesting points…

Part of the fun with vintage clothes is the stories behind them, so we are more than pleased to give you the upper hand when it comes to finding something {amazing}!

 

Thanks a lot for reading! Hope we got you smelling those fresh cut pineapples and cool ocean breeze for the rest of the day! If you have any questions or stories, email the.eye.of.faith@gmail.com

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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THE JUNCTION FLEA {January Edition} : We Came, We Saw, We CONQUERED!

January Junction Flea 2013

Veni, Vidi, Vici. That’s what Julius Caesar would say if he helped us out this Sunday at The Junction Flea!

Fortunately/Unfortunately he wasn’t there to lend a helping hand, but so many other people were, making the day an immense success! So many words of encouragement and support,  and so many beautiful and stylish people. It was like dying and going to vintage heaven, a little . . .

The E.O.F. Rules definitely came in handy, and helped get us through the day like magic.

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We look forward to setting up {SHOP} again at the next Junction Flea in February, where we can be bring even more goodies and treasures to fondle and fawn over.

Good to know we are appreciated!

And if you weren’t able to make it to the event, here’s some pictures to enlighten and entice:

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The Table Full of Treasure at The Junction Flea {1/1/13}

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The Pieces de Resistance - 1950s RAY JEWELERS Bowling Shirt

A View From Afar at The Junction Flea {1/1/13}

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So keep your {Eye}s peeled for next month,

We will be out and about, and you just might see

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{STYLE WISE} – 1940s Metropolitan Treasure Hunters

On four summer days in August of 1949, treasure hunters from across the globe gathered for the auction of the estate of Robert Ripley, famous cartoonist and collector of rare oddities.

With over 80 million readers of his famous Believe it or Not! series, it was rumored Robert Ripley received more mail than the President of the United States of America.So when the chance to rummage through the eclectic collection of this eccentric media tycoon in a public auction came, the treasure seekers all made their way to New York City!

Many treasures were up for grabs, some mundane, but others wildly fascinating and strange. Only someone with a real {EYE} could truly appreciate some of these remarkably unusual treasures – medieval torture devices, caskets, knives, and shrunken heads!

Most of the pieces were purchased by John Arthur, an entrepreneur from New York City, who then opened the first permanent Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! Odditorium in San Fransisco, California.

This, however, did not stop the other wildly fascinating visitors who sought a chance to own something remarkable and rare from the collection. Each day was just as full as the last, and lucky for us, photographer Ralph Morse shot the auction’s comings and goings for LIFE Magazine.

We are delighted to share some of these previously unpublished photographs of the ties, smoke, and dapper gals and gents who turned up for a chance to win! Most of all, it goes to show a great suit or a fine pair of sunglasses are vital tools for any auction scenario. Scenarios in general, really.

Today, Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! is the fastest growing museum chain world-wide with destinations popping up all over the globe. The latest addition to the Ripley enterprise is going to be a 130,000 sq.ft. aquarium, featuring a 1, 500, 000 gallon tank of water-  making it one of North America’s largest, right here in Toronto!

The site will feature and breed endangered and rare exotic water life from around the Globe, and is set to open in 2013. {Visit the website for more details!}

Enjoy the vintage musings!

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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Right On, Cool Vintage Plate Reuse (Whaatt?! Whatever…)

Right On, Cool Vintage Plate Reuse on display through Etsy from Austin Modern.

Taking grandma’s plates takes a certain ‘no guts no glory’ type of edge…so wrong it, we’d rather leave it up to the pros. Check out the handsome quality – all done on unique antique plates. I think the pictures speak for themselves…good to see creative juxtaposition of the past and present.

Reinventing the past is a bold statement, and artists like Shary Boyle and Chris Antemann truly embrace some of the boldness and inventiveness artists have been taking in reinventing the crafts of yesteryear.  These wonderful works use historical techniques to create remarkable reinventions that are setting bold new directions for the craft.

The past holds many treasures, and often times they just keep on giving! Check out Austin Modern for a hand crafted piece of time that never siezes to stop!

Thoughts?

-The Eye x

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