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June 10, 2010

Gravel Art and Milk Men – Huh???

By Sara In AZ


OK, so I have 2 different things for y’all this week. The first one involves Milk Men! You must be wondering why on earth I would be getting into the subject of Milk Men – other than the fact that they were pretty popular in the 50s, and, well, they are kinda retro. And, the answer is………because of Mad Men. Mike was flipping channels the other night and he came across this Mad Men parody called ‘Milk Men’ from this show called ‘Atom TV’. Well, I am totally Mad Men obsessed and I just had to share this one with y’all. Please click on the link HERE to check out the clip. You will really get a kick out of it – Barbara are you still out there, you will love this! Let me know what y’all think!

And, then there is the Gravel Art. I have actually seen this called Pebble Art and Rock Art too. I once saw an original box where it even called it Mosaic Art. Anyway, lately I have been finding some of it at the local thrift stores – so, of course, it had to come home with me. The first one is a Peacock picture, this one is actually pretty elaborate. It must have taken a loooong time for someone to do all of the work on this one. Ruth actually had come across a set of this one, and another bird, on one of her antiquing trips she featured recently. Click HERE for a link to that.

The next 2, well,  I was not sure what they were at first until Mike informed me that they were Chess pieces. Duh, Sara! Then I felt like a real idiot, but I guess that shows you how much I play Chess! I thought they were cool anyway. These are a lot smaller than the Peacock picture, at approx. 1 foot square.

The next set of 3 are my super-duper FAVES! They are totally retro atomic looking! I just love them. They measure approx. 9 inches wide by 2 feet long.

The blue and the pink ones are so perfectly done, it is amazing. The green one looks like someone could have been rushing it a bit! I can just picture a Mom and her kid doing this as a project, and the kid hating every minute of it. “Mom, can I go play now?” 🙂  I have been trying to find some gravel to fill in the sparse areas on the green one, but it is not easy to find gravel to match this old stuff. I looked at fish tank gravel but it was not fine enough and I can’t use glass because it is shiny and this gravel is totally matte. Anyone have any ideas?

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6 Responses to Gravel Art and Milk Men – Huh???

  1. Alex Reply

    June 10, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Those are great! I say you sit back and just enjoy the green one rather than fix it. Think of how many times it was probably moved around and shoved in an attic, yet it still survived. I hit the jackpot last weekend at one of our thrift stores. An old hospital had closed down and cleaned out its storage area. There were fantastic tea cups and hospital trays made out of Melmac (sp?) and stamped Made in the USA.

  2. Barbara Reply

    June 10, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I am still here! I love the Milk Men…and am very jealous of your gravel art!!

  3. RetroRuth Reply

    June 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Sara!!! I loved that last set. Totally awesome. Have you tried painting some gravel to match? Find some gravel outside or in an old kit or whatever and then just mix paint colors until you get the right shade. It might take a bit, but I bet it would work!

  4. Sara in AZ Reply

    June 10, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Alex – I hear ya’, sometimes I am a perfectionist! Sounds like an awesome find on the Melamac.

    Barbara – Glad to see you are still roaming around these parts. We will find you some gravel art one of these days!

    Ruth – I know, the last set is pretty rad isn’t it. Good idea on trying to paint some to match. I will give it a try if I can’t find what I want – or I may just leave it like Alex said! 🙂

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