Sunday, March 6, 2011

Giveaway!!! Atomic Age Goodies!

Congratulations to Kirsten, winner of last week's Vintage Paper ephemera Giveaway!!!!


In American Plastic: A Cultural History, Jeffrey L. Meikle describes a 1942 ad in which General Electric predicts the postwar future of a seven-year-old girl: “Wearing plastic shoes instead of glass slippers, enjoying the labor of electric servants, and flying a plane ‘as readily as you would drive a car,’ she would inhabit a ‘fairyland’ made possi-ble by ‘new materials like plastics, new developments like television, new sciences like electronics.’

Well, I 'dunno' about you, but I have worn plastic shoes, and deeply regretted it. 
Still waiting on the electronic servants...
and there is no way I want to see some drivers in a flying plane (you know who you are). Lol.

All that being said--Atomic Age stuff is so cool!  
I have started to fall in love with lucite (as you read last week),
with funky shapes, and all sorts of 'snowflake' patterns.  

I really think what got me so interested was a pair of lamps that I picked up for the shop.
These were recently purchased by my friend 'Spookworks' on Etsy (her shop is cool, visit it!).

The color and shape of those lamps made me take a second look at Atomic Age design, and I realized just how optimistic it was.  It was actually made during an era where the phrase 'nuclear optimism' was commonly used!

We all need optimism, maybe not nuclear--but a hope for the future, a belief that tomorrow can be better than the pitfalls of today...that's never a bad thing. 

This week on Tuesday, we are featuring a terrific Etsy Seller, 51VC who has a passion for all things vintage and atomic--and to boot she is one optimistic lady!

To celebrate we are giving away some really cool Atomic Age goodies.  
Many thanks to 51VC for helping out with this week's giveaway!

This week's Prize:
Mint Condition Regal Percolator in Sought-After Orange

And a Mod Square Salt and Pepper set in the Same Color Family 

Seriously, How cool are THESE?!

Here's how to get 'em in your kitchen:

Comment to win! 
Extra Entries for commenting on Tuesday's Interview! 
New Followers of this blog get an extra entry!
And this week--I am giving extra entries if you sign up to follow BeteabonShop on Twitter.


  1. Wicked cool kitchen goodies!
    I love atomic era designs. Their views of the future were so far off and fantastical (though I am happy about this as my body is NOT cut out to wear a form fitted silver jumpsuit!).

  2. I am a new follower of your fun and fab blog!

  3. Heyyyy, nice lamps!!! LOL!
    Yep, the atomic age was pretty idealistic- the war was over, the economy prospered, and couples nested down to have families. I would love to have been able to experience that blissfully optimistic (if not somewhat ignorant-ooh healthy gamma rays!) time.

  4. Those are awesome! I'd love to be entered. :)

    anticonformity_chick (at) yahoo (dot) com

  5. I am the one who should thank you Beteabon!

    I am so excited to see your blog tomorrow. You are such a deeply wonderful and caring person :)

    And your taste is spot on! NOTHING beats all the odd, clean, streamlined, and tasty flavors of the 50's.

    That is so would be so neat to camp with:)

    Im a new follower

  8. You have an impeccable eye. And your Gus story brought a tear to my eye. I too have had those experiences. Those heartbreaks make us more compassionate human beings. Thanks for this blog.

  9. I use a Corning Ware percolator for my coffee... it was my great-grandma's. The atomic stuff always reminds me of two things, the opening of bewitched... all the sparkly stars and the formica walls in the bathroom at the church I attended as a little girl. It had those sparkly star/snowflake designs that were popular with that era.

    carriecabral75 at hotmail dot com

  10. Would like this for a friend that collects retro items.

  11. I bet it would make the coffee taste better! Or help transport us to that Mad Men time!

  12. A thoughtful interview...thanks!
    Must admit, I am a recent convert to loving the eames era look, but now I am hooked. Great lines on the percolator and can't beat the color. Orange is the color of creativity!

  13. How cool! I LOVE the orange, and actually need one of these so if I won I'd be doubly thrilled. :)

    ladyufshalott at yahoo dot com

  14. Commented on Tuesday's interview! :) What a great conversation!

  15. Oh my gosh! These are so amazing! The orange color is perfect for my retro style kitchen. Thanks so much for holding this giveaway!!!


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  16. Greetings:
    What a wonderful designed
    Husband always wanted a
    REAL percolator.
    The color is fab.
    Thanks, for the visit
    to your unique site.

  17. Percolator, I love you! Thanks for the chance to win!

    karen (dot) erkert (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. Super retro and cool. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

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  20. I'm a newbie!

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    New Followers of this blog get an extra entry!

  21. This is so cool! I am a new follower of your blog! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  22. I "liked" you on FB under: debpaint16

  23. I would love to win.
    wwrkster at gmail dot com

  24. I love the design of these!