Sunday, January 8, 2017

Gold Tone Vintage Figural Pencil Sharpeners


Made in Japan, these die-cast vintage figural pencil sharpeners are commonly known as “Gold Tones” because of their color.  Some, however, are finished in silver or a light copper colored as you can see below. In addition to their color, another characteristic is the 2 (or 4 if you count front and back) notches in the base. Here are many photos of the gold-tone buildings, monuments and statues (Thanks to Steve S. for contributing some photos) Do you know of others not pictured here? 

 Alamo fort & Iwo Jima Memorial  


Davy David Crockett, Alamo statue & Vulcan Statue, Birmingham


Christ of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs &  Unisphere, ‘65 New York World’s Fair    


Hearst Castle, San Simeon, Ca. & Peace Memorial, Gettysburg


John Hancock Tower Building, Boston & Boys Town statue, Nebraska


Madison Square Garden, NYC & Iwo Jima, Arlington, Va.


Missouri State Capitol & Prudential Building, Boston 

Monticello, Charlottesville, Va. &  U.S. Captiol, Washington


Nebraska State Capitol & Japan Pagoda


New York City skyline & Toronto skyline 


Niagara Falls Observation Tower & Lighthouse, Biloxi, Mississippi


Oil derricks in Oklahoma & Texas


Port Arthur Castle, Australia & Pennsylvania Capitol, Harrisburg


Sears (now Willis) Tower, Chicago & Oil derrick


Seattle Space Needle & Reunion Tower, Dallas.


Historic Homestead Sheperd of the Hills, Mo. & Missouri State Capitol


Sydney Tower & Tokyo Tower & Washington Monument

The Hermitage, Nashville &  War Memorial, Canberra, Australia


USS Arizona Memorial & Sydney Opera House Australia


Golden Gate Bridge, California & Sydney Harbour bridge


World Trade Center, NYC & Toronto skyline 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Architect Eero Saarinen Video on PBS

Eero Saarinen is featured in a new documentary about his work on PBS.  Architect of famous modernist structures including The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Dulles Airport Terminal in Virginia, The TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport in New York, and the General Motors Technical Center in Detroit. Paul Goldberger, who was a member of the SBCS, was interviewed with some of his souvenir building collection behind him (see photo below). Watch the PBS episode of American Masters — "Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future.”

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Disney Theme Park Souvenir Buildings

It might be hard to believe, but over the years, Disney theme parks have produced a number of souvenirs for visitors to take home. And some of those were souvenir buildings. One of the best, in my opinion, is the large metal 3D replica of the Cinderella Castle, which were produced and awarded to Disney Cast Members (employees) for a certain length of service.


I’ve seen at least 3 different versions of the Cinderella Castle awards with flat backs.  Bases are sometimes different and one castle seems to be from Disneyland in California and the other from Disney World in Florida.
There is also a metal set of salt and pepper shakers of the Cinderella Castle.
A nicely made pewter replica of Spaceship Earth Geosphere at Disney’s Epcot Center sports a Mickey Mouse figure atop and a metal replica of the MGM studios water tower which features mouse ears.
Another larger Spaceship with the Monorail is a child’s play set.
Two ceramic coin banks – one is a replica of the Hotel Disneyland and the other is the Emporium on Main Street USA.
Resin replica of Space Mountain, an indoor outer space-themed roller coaster in the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World. 
A resin replica of the Walt Disney Feature Animation Studio building
Two different replicas, one resin and one pewter, of a temple ride from the Indiana Jones movie at Disneyland. 
This last one is a building at a Disney theme park, but is related: The Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by architect Frank Gehry in downtown Los Angeles, Califorina.

Can you think of other Walt Disney related souvenir buildings?  I collect 3D metal souvenir building replica of architecture from around the world. If you have any to sell or trade, contact me via my email address in the “complete profile” link at the top right of this blog.




Sunday, December 18, 2016

Omsk Fire Tower Russian Souvenir Building


This souvenir building represents the Pozharnaya Kalancha, or Fire Tower, in Omsk, Russia. (in Russian: Омская пожарная каланча) The metal replica is on a large base and is flanked by metal trees. Thank you to fellow collector, Brad S., for identifying this replica. The souvenir has the word, ‘OMCKb ‘ on the base meaning Omsk in English. A label on the bottom of the replica is pictured below and reads in part,  "Souvenir Fire Kalancha (tower)  Price 24,80 rub (about 39 cents in today’s exchange rate) Omsk, USSR.”  Built in 1915, the real tower is one of the oldest buildings in Omsk, the tower is now a monument and registered landmark located at Internatsionalnaya Street, 41. When built, it was the highest building in the city standing 32 meters. From atop of the fire tower, firemen watched over the city because most of the buildings were made from wood at that time. The city of Omsk, established in In 1716, is one of the largest cities in Russia and the capital of the Omsk region.  In 1890, with the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway, the town began to grow quickly and received the official status of the capital of Western Siberia and Steppe (present Kazakhstan). In 1910, the Siberian Exposition of Agriculture and Industry was held in Omsk. After the exposition, Omsk received a nickname “Siberian Chicago.”

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