Thursday, August 8, 2019

Mary's Antiques, Gifts & Beads in Huntsville

While in Huntsville recently to visit my mother Carolyn Shores Wright, Dianne and I decided to make a pilgrimage to Mary's Antiques, Gifts & Beads near downtown on Pratt Avenue. This trip was our second one to the shop, and probably won't be the last. Since Dianne makes jewelry, she was mostly interested in the beads available. Me? I like to wander through all the other stuff crammed into what was once a fairly large two-story home. 

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OK, who's eaten Wheaties from that box and Premium Saltines from that tin container? 

Just enough room here to squeeze in a crucifix. 

One of the cool lady mannequins lurks in the upper right of this photo.

Naturally Coca Cola material has its own display area. One of my uncles once worked for a Coca Cola distributor, and his home was filled with such items up to and including dispensing machines. 

The store has lots of Christmas goodies scattered around. Many cobalt blue bottles, vases, etc, also...

What would a place like this be without pink flamingos? 

Here you can see some of the jewelry that hangs all over the store. Up front as you come in are bins of beads and such for jewelry making. 

Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara are locked in permanent embrace on the wall in the upper left.

As you might expect, the shop has narrow pathways throughout.

That box in the bottom middle contains black and white film stills mostly from 1970's releases. 

I spent a good bit of time examining several boxes of old postcards on shelves above these baby shoes. In among the postcards were some old photographs most with no individual identification and even some old photos AS postcards. Ah the humanity, the whole shop filled with detritus from other lives...

The Luzianne company started in Louisiana in 1902; the brand continues today on coffees, teas and other products. Betty White appeared in TV commercials for the brand in the 1950's, and Burl Ives did so for the tea in the 1970's and 1980's. 

I don't know how long Luzianne used this image; some more examples are here

Canada Dry Water?

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