Feeling 1958

On Easter weekend we went to Omaha to visit friends and we had such a great time just chilling, roaming, laughing and staring in amazement at how big and charming our boys have gotten (if I do say so myself.)

Janna Jesse

Janna and Jesse at 11Worth (on Leavenworth) for breakfast

Dylan Skyfari

Dylan on the Skyfari next to me at the Henry Doorly Zoo

While in Omaha we did some thrifting and got to enjoy Janna and Dwight’s morning ritual of heading to the sun porch, putting an LP on the record player and sipping coffee while watching the birds on the bird feeder outside. Yep, slow, simple pleasures that add up to a lot of contentment are high on their list. They embrace life at a more rational speed–33⅓ versus 78, shall we say–and it was great for us to be a part of it for a weekend.

Fast forward a mere 2 days and Jeremy and I have turned their record player experience into a ritual of our own.

Craiglist, date night and an astonishingly few bucks later, we are the proud owners of this beautiful piece purchased in 1958 for $324–equivalent to nearly $2700 nowadays–and a small stack of LPs. It has a record player on the left, and a short wave radio on the right. The sound is truly incredible. The people selling the player also had a ton of virtually unplayed records. Last night before bed we enjoyed Mozart and Swing.



Original proof of purchase


The little light for the turntable is an especially nice touch


Love the fact that it has all of those international cities on it and that "Vaticano" is one of them.


French, Italian, classical, swing, 50s...there's already some great stuff in our short stack of records.

Now we have the focal point we need for our May redesign of the four season porch that used to be my office.

PinterestI’ve been pinning ideas to my Pinboard, here, and yesterday I went to the Cottage House and found four vintage glasses with blue unicorns on them, just to get us started. Years ago, my parents gave us an ice bucket that has a retro feel in the same light blue, so that will finally have a cool setting.

unicorn glasses

A set of vintage glasses featuring blue unicorns, found at the Cottage House

So begins the fun. We’re envisioning summer nights with screened windows, a hardwood floor and music on the hifi. Wanna come over?

We’re feeling very 1958 and we have Janna and Dwight to thank for it.

Love you, friends.

Vintage Blaupunkt Rio Radio/Stereo
Artist: Blaupunkt
Title: Blaupunkt Rio
Date: 1950’s – 1960’s
Medium: radio and stereo components in wood cabinet with material covering
Dimensions: 31.5 x 37.5 x 16 inches
Edition: Jese-Tonmöbel Fabrik Nr. 41631
Description: Jese-Tonmöbel
Blaupunkt is the Rolls Royce of stereos. Even after 50 years, this Mid Century Modern console record player unit sounds better than anything you can buy today. You won’t see another piece as stylish as this. The speakers sound just as they would have over 60 years ago. This is a true gem. 

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2 Responses to Feeling 1958

  1. Janna Nysewander April 13, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    LOVE this, Rachel! And what a great weekend it was! I have to say, though, I’m a little jealous of your beautiful find, and it makes me long for a beauty of our own again. Ours is a little more circa 1978 high school AV room, but at least it works.

    We’re glad our 33 life is being spread. This is livin’!

  2. Claudia Kaul April 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    What a delightful story!

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