Author Archives: anakronismo

Girl with traffic light | 1960s photo by R. Bolles

On a recent trip to New York I bought a couple of fabulous original 1960s photo prints at the Chelsea flea market. This one photo is signed with the name of the photographer: R. Bolles. This must have been Robert … Continue reading

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Arrarex Caravel | “macchine da caffè”

A few months after having bought a stylish but rugged ‘Microcimbali’, I bumped into a very elegant vintage espresso machine, built by Arrarex from Milan in the 1960s, at a Florence antiques market. The machine is in close to mint … Continue reading

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La Cimbali ‘Microcimbali’ | “macchina da caffè”

Vintage espresso machines are amongst my all-time favourite industrial design objects. One of the most beautiful machines is the La Faema E61, especially the model with two groups, from 1961. Since this is a rather large, professional machine for bars, … Continue reading

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The mystery of the Auto-Union model racing cars

Recently I aquired a collection of vintage, identical model racing cars, in five different color combinations. The models were retrieved by a friend over twenty years ago from a house in Frankfurt in Germany. The cars are all unused, packed together in numbers … Continue reading

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Marelli | “ventilatore”

For many years I have had a weak spot for vintage fans. Fifteen years ago I brought a large black 1940s streamlined American desktop fan back from a visit to Israel – carrying it aboard the plane as hand luggage. I … Continue reading

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Jieldé | “luminaire industriel”

Like many people I have a soft spot for the industrial lamps, which have been produced by Jieldé from Lyon in France since the 1950s – and have since become a design classic. Its designer, the French mechanic Jean-Louis Domecq, … Continue reading

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Zig-Zag | “tire bouchon”

Some 10 years ago in France my fascination for vintage mechanical objects immediately attracted me to the classic Zig-Zag corkscrew. I  first noticed them on antiques market and jumble sales, and some specialized stores and market sellers also seemed to stock … Continue reading

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