Where to buy concrete breeze blocks in New York, New England and the Northeast? Because of my big story, I got an email and called back and voila: Dagostino Building Blocks of Schenectady, New York — just northwest of Albany — sells at least six designs of breeze blocks! Great news for breeze block hunters on the East Coast, where there are only a few suppliers!
Yes: This fourth-generation family-owned, 97-year-old company sold breeze blocks back in the day, and they still make and sell breeze blocks today. The blocks are not on their website (yet), so yes: You are right now looking at images from their 1960s catalog — the one they still use — and right now, this is the only place you can see them online. Some days here at Retro Renovation are just more exciting than others, what can I say! Let’s take a look at all the breeze block beauteousness >>Heck yeah there is more →
Oh, the miracle of 21st Century digital printing: It is allowing companies in many decorative industries to bring us an expanding variety of small-run, or even printed-to-order, wallpapers, laminates, and more. Latest example: Bradbury and Bradbury Art wallpapers has just introduced 48 new designs of reproduction vintage wallpapers from the 1940s, with designs suitable for kitchens, bathrooms, living areas, and bedrooms too. The wallpapers from this era are super delightful, and Bradbury has chosen their selection well. Let’s take a look at some of my favorites >>Heck yeah there is more →
Murphy Cabranette Kitchens — introduced in 1926 — made by the Murphy Bed Door Company. So far in all my research, this year — 1926 — is the earliest date validated for steel kitchen cabinets. This is a qualified statement, however, as there are other important old names yet to wrestle to the ground.
In any case: 1926! That’s early! These are important cabinets in steel kitchen cabinet history! Thanks to reader Jim for the tip that led me to this Murphy Cabranette Kitchens catalog, now in my personal collection. Let’s take a look >>Heck yeah there is more →