Category Archives: Nostalgia

Aloysius, The Brideshead Bear


Aloysius with Ben Whishaw in the film adaptation of Brideshead Revisted
Aloysius the bear with Anthony Andrews as Lord Sebastian Flyte, and Jeremy Irons as Charles Ryder, in the acclaimed television adaptation of the novel (1981)
Aloysius is Lord Sebastian Flyte's teddy bear in Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited (1945).
Similar model Teddy Bear, Ideal Novelty and Toy Co c.1910 (V&A Museum of childhood)
Aloysius, and in particular his representation in the acclaimed television adaptation of the novel (1981), is credited with having triggered the late-twentieth-century teddy bear renaissance. He was depicted by a teddy bear named Delicatessen, who was owned by the actor Peter Bull.
Delicatessen aka Aloysius in the Brideshead Revisited TV series
The inspiration for Aloysius was Archibald Ormsby-Gore, the beloved teddy bear of John Betjeman, Evelyn Waugh's friend at Oxford.
The original Archibald Ormsby-Gore (left)
The original Archibald Ormsby-Gore (left), better known as Archie, was John Betjeman's teddy-bear, and the inspiration for Aloysius, in Brideshead. He was his lifelong companion together with an elephant known as Jumbo(right) .
Betjeman at Oxford
John Betjeman brought his bear with him when he went up to university at Oxford in the 1920s, and as a result Archie became the model for Aloysius, Sebastian Flyte's bear in Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited.

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The bear that sits above my bed
A doleful bear he is to see;
From out his drooping pear-shaped head
His woollen eyes look into me.
He has no mouth, but seems to say:
'They'll burn you on the Judgement Day.'

Those woollen eyes, the things they've seen
Those flannel ears, the things they've heard -
Among horse-chestnut fans of green,
The fluting of an April bird,
And quarrelling downstairs until
Doors slammed at Thirty One West Hill.

The dreaded evening keyhole scratch
Announcing some return below
The nursery landing's lifted latch,
The punishment to undergo
Still I could smooth those half-moon ears
And wet that forehead with my tears.

Whatever rush to catch a train,
Whatever joy there was to share
Of sounding sea-board, rainbowed rain,
Or seaweed-scented Cornish air,
Sharing the laughs, you still were there,
You ugly, unrepentant bear.

When nine, I hid you in a loft
And dared not let you share my bed;
More aged now he is to see,
His woollen eyes have thinner thread,
But still he seems to say to me,
In double-doom notes, like a knell:
'You're half a century nearer Hell.'

Self-pity shrouds me in a mist,
And drowns me in my self-esteem.
The freckled faces I have kissed
Float by me in a guilty dream.
The only constant, sitting there,
Patient and hairless, is a bear.

And if an analyst one day
Of school of Adler, Jung or Freud
Should take this aged bear away,
Then, oh my God, the dreadful void!
its draughty darkness could but be
Eternity, Eternity.

John Betjeman
Note: Archibald Ormsby-Gore, better known as Archie, was John Betjeman'teddy-bear.

Together with an elephant known as Jumbo, he was a lifelong companion.

Betjeman brought his bear with him when he went up to university at Oxford in the 1920s, and as a result Archie became the model for Aloysius, Sebastian Flyte's bear in Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited.

In the 1940s, Betjeman also wrote an illustrated a story for his children, entitled 'Archie and the Strict Baptists', in which the bear's sojourns at the family's successive homes in Uffington and Farnborough are fictionalised. Archie is here described as a member of the Strict Baptist denomination, riding a hedgehog to chapel, and enjoying amateur archaeology, digging up molehills, "which, he considered, were the graves of baby Druids".

Archie and Jumbo were in Betjeman's arms when he died in 1984.

Nostalgia: A nice hot cup of Tea

Campbell's Tea
I have recently rediscovered Campbell's Tea. Campbell’s Perfect Tea’ has been a part of life in Ireland since 1797. In the late 1700s, George Campbell established a Grocery Business in Dublin and sold a blend of tea they were proud enough to put their name on, calling it “Campbell’s Perfect Tea” and sold in it's distinctive yellow tin. It brews to a rich satisfying flavor from the loose tealeaf - no tea bags here - for a traditionally favored strong cup of Irish tea. I like to brew in a brown betty teapot and pour through a classic tea strainer into the cup.
In the US Buy Campbells Perfect Tea on Amazon

Wallace and Gromit take their tea from a brown betty teapot and a classic Cornish stripe mug
The classic Brown Betty Teapot

For brewing the perfect cup of tea you are missing out unless you use a traditional brown betty teapot. The red clay it is made from and the round shape, which swirls the tea leaves around when the water is poured in, are appreciated by traditional tea drinkers for it's unique qualities in tea brewing.
A Brown Betty teapot and Cornish stripe mug are featured in the much loved Wallace and Gromit animations and lend a nostalgic appeal. As a gift for the tea lover a gift set made up of a fine tea blend a Brown Betty and some Cornish stripe mugs are sure to be appreciated.
Where to buy: http://stores.ebay.com/edwardschina Edwards China ebay store sell the teapot and mugs currently.
IF you are in Ireland you can buy Campbell's Tea at Dunnes Stores or from Amazon in USA https://www.amazon.com/Campbells-Perfect-Gram-17-6-Ounce/dp/B000WIW24M

Holiday Collectibles: Add to your collection of Downton Abbey pieces from Dept 56

The holiday season is a great time for displaying Department 56 village collectibles and Downton Abbey fans who missed out on the now retired Downton Abbey pieces from Dept 56 can still find them for sale on the secondary market. The pieces are carefully designed as we can see from the Video clip below.

Seen on eBay:
Dept 56 Downton Abbey Village Series The Downton Legacy Continues 2 Figurines NE
Dept 56 Downton Abbey Village Series The Downton Legacy Continues 2 Figurines NE
Dept 56 Downton Abbey Dowager Countess  Young Friend 4044802 New No Box
Dept 56 Downton Abbey Dowager Countess Young Friend 4044802 New No Box
Brand New Dept 56 Downton Abbey Series Dowager Countess and Young Friend
Brand New Dept 56 Downton Abbey Series Dowager Countess and Young Friend
Department 56 Collectible 4044801 Downton Abbey The Crawley House
Department 56 Collectible 4044801 Downton Abbey The Crawley House
Dept 56 Downton Abbey A Lady  Gentleman Friend BRAND NEW Free Shipping
Dept 56 Downton Abbey A Lady Gentleman Friend BRAND NEW Free Shipping
Dept 56 Downton Abbey Dowager Countess  Young Friend 4044802
Dept 56 Downton Abbey Dowager Countess Young Friend 4044802
Department 56 Downton Abbey Series the Dower Light House 64 New
Department 56 Downton Abbey Series the Dower Light House 64 New
Department 56 Downton Abbey Series Lord Granthams Limousine Figurine 4043910
Department 56 Downton Abbey Series Lord Granthams Limousine Figurine 4043910
Department 56 Downton Abbey The Downton Legacy Continues set of 2 4036514
Department 56 Downton Abbey The Downton Legacy Continues set of 2 4036514
Brand New Dept 56 Downton Abbey Series Lady Crawley and Gentleman Friend
Brand New Dept 56 Downton Abbey Series Lady Crawley and Gentleman Friend
Department 56 Downton Abbey Series Crawley Light House 669
Department 56 Downton Abbey Series Crawley Light House 669
Dept 56 Downton Abbey Series The Dower House 4043909 New Free Shipping
Dept 56 Downton Abbey Series The Dower House 4043909 New Free Shipping

Downton Abbey: The Empire Typewriter

The Empire Typewriter as seen on Downton Abbey

The Empire typewriter patented in 1892 was seen on an early episode of Downton Abbey. The Empire typewriter was first manufactured by Williams Mfg. Co. , Montreal, Canada and Plattsburgh U.S. In 1924 production moved to British Typewriters Ltd. West Bromwich,Staffordshire, England

A similar one was seen on eBay http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-VINTAGE-EMPIRE-TYPEWRITER-PATENT-1892-shop-display-advertising-office-/151888060585
Reference:   http://www.typewritermuseum.org/collection/index.php3?machine=empire&cat=kf

Audrey Hepburn’s ‘Blue Denmark’ Sugar Bowl

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Audrey Hepburn in the Kitchen - A 'Blue Denmark' Sugar Bowl on the table Photo: Circa 1953, "Actress Audrey Hepburn at home preparing and serving coffee and cake." From photos by Earl Theisen for Look magazine.

In the 1935 photo above Circa 1953, "Actress Audrey Hepburn at home preparing and serving coffee and cake." From photos by Earl Theisen for Look magazine, there is a "Blue Denmark" pattern pottery sugar bowl on the table in her kitchen. The pattern is called ' Blue Denmark' and it is likely in the blue and white color because there are also a couple of Willow pattern cups and saucers which would match the blue nicely. The currently known pattern ‘Blue Denmark’ originates in Copenhagen, Denmark and dates to the 19th Century but the pattern is reputed to have been brought to Europe from the China or Japan in the 18th Century.  Pieces in this pattern were made by Royal Copenhagen . The pattern was also used by Staffordshire potteries, Furnivals in England and by Franciscan Pottery in USA among others.

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Franciscan Blue Denmark Sugar Bowl - lid missing - seen on eBay

You can serve the sugar in a bowl like Audrey's, there is a vintage Franciscan Denmark sugar bowl on ebay HERE

Wilshire Brown Derby Restaurant Coffee Shop

A 1954 Menu from the BROWN DERBY COFFEE SHOP in Los Angeles, now long closed, has turned up on eBay. For collectors and those interested in the bygone days when movie stars frequented the famous Brown Derby restaurants this is a gem. bdcoffee
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See more scans of Brown Derby Menus from lapl.org:


Restaurant Cuisine City Menu Cover
The Brown Derby American Hollywood
Brown Derby American Hollywood
The Brown Derby American Los Angeles
The Brown Derby American Hollywood
The Brown Derby American Hollywood
The Brown Derby American Hollywood
The Brown Derby American Hollywood
The Brown Derby American Hollywood
The Brown Derby American Hollywood
The Brown Derby American Los Angeles
The Brown Derby American Los Angeles
The Brown Derby American Los Angeles
The Brown Derby American Pasadena
The Brown Derby American Pasadena
The Brown Derby American Pasadena
The Brown Derby American Pasadena
The Brown Derby American Pasadena
The Brown Derby Car Cafe American Los Angeles
The Brown Derby Coffee Shop American Los Angeles
Brown Derby, The American Hollywood

 

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"Arrival at the Inn" E. Melvin Bolstad

Looking back to a simpler time for inspiration and decor ideas. Favorite eras include 1920's Gatsby Era, Lost Generation-France, Depression Era, Mid-Century, 1950's I love Lucy era, Art Deco and Art Nouveau

The picture featured here is a vintage E. Melvin Bolstad print from the 1950's - an example of one of the pair of Bolstad prints that was seen over the mantel piece in the living room of the "I Love Lucy" show from about series two.
More details on my other blog at:
http://www.bakingadgets.com/category/e-melvin-bolstad