Big thanks to Andrew Graham once more for spotting this very distinctive 1960s Metamec Sunray wall clock, with a very low price only adding to the appeal.
If you have a passion for midcentury and modernist architecture and design, you might want to subscribe to the forthcoming Modernist Magazine, although the content is very much focused on the north of England.
The magazine is the work of the Manchester Modernist Society, which organises events around the north of England, focusing on its 20th century art, design and architecture. The magazine follows a similar path, with general articles covering Oscar Niemeyer's Brazil, Esperanto, logos past and original mods, to more specific regional pieces on Liverpool, Manchester and Blackburn's heritage, to name just a few things.
With a foreword by Jonathan Meades, the magazine launches in late June with a launch party in Manchester. But you can pre-order or subscribe now at the website.
It seems a little early to be thinking about 2011 but I guess busy people may already looking for a calendar to plan the coming year. For those people, the Cavallini London desk calendar is a calendar with a distinctive retro look.
The calendar features nostalgic views of the capital, taken from the Cavallini archives. The images look like they date from the 1940s, '50s and early '60s and include views taken from old guidebooks and postcards, the ubiquitous 'Keep Calm and Carry On', as well as an image of the Queen looking several decades younger. For a peek at the contents, click over the page where the back of the calendar is illustrated.
The calendar costs £10.95.
Buy it from the Bloomsbury Store
It's pretty hard to escape the rash of football inspired products at the moment. Here's an original piece of artwork that looks back to the 1966 World Cup, made by Wall Envy.
Wall Envy are the people behind the vintage French wall art we featured a while back. It uses the same idea: the words in this case being the names of the players in the 66 England World Cup squad. Like the other piece of artwork, the names are also illustrated onto a page from an old dictionary. However, in this piece – to help you recall that long forgotten taste of victory – the dictionary used is German.
The piece costs £13.
Buy it from Folksy
Of course you can buy an England 1966 shirt, a Brazil 1970 (above), a Holland 1974, an Argentina 1986 or an Italia 1982 track top. Indeed, you can pick up every ‘big name’ team from just about every eras. But you can also pick up some of the more niche shirts of past and current World Cup participants too – like the USA 1950 shirt, also pictured above.
Or to be really niche, check out a 1960s Japan football shirt over the page, as well as the shirt worn by Australia in their first World Cup in 1975. Most prices are around the £34.99 mark, but start at £19.99. Check out the full range at the site.
A real talking point, as well as useful thing should you fancy an impromptu kickabout – the Slazenger 1966 World Cup special edition match ball.
You may or may not know that Slazenger produced the ball used in England’s ’66 World Cup triumph and this is a replica of that very same ball. No boffins worked on this particular piece of kit, this is a genuine hand stitched leather ball made up of 25 panels. But it is said to be a little lighter than the original (currently housed in the National Football Museum, wherever that happens to be this week).
Limited edition as you might expect, it sells for £19.66.