Travel Time

By Karen Parr-Moody


When it comes to summertime, vacations are top of mind, which is why GasLamp and GasLamp Too are full of décor options that travel in that direction.


"I do love anything vintage-travel related," says Shawna Sheahan, who operates the GasLamp Too booth Sugar Millie. "I am very drawn to maps, globes and any kind of travel books. 


Shawna Sheahan's booth at GasLamp Too is currently whimsical homage to vacation destinations. Among the items are vintage state plates, postcards, a globe and a U.S. map puzzle (photo, right).


One of the more unusual items at Sugar Millie is the charming state bird quilt with 48 states and Washington D.C., which was created circa 1912 to 1958 (photo, left; $325, Booth T-186). The quilt not only features beautiful linework depicting each bird, it has a red, white and blue background. The stars add to the patriotic theme.


Bags such as the vinyl Pan American World Airways carry-on in the photo, right, were handed to passengers of first class before their international airline flights in the '60s and '70s (photo, below; $68, Booth B-2012).


Never mind that such travelers probably had well-worn Louis Vuitton suitcases already in their possession: That graphic carry-on bag featuring the Pan Am name was a status symbol as much as that of the French house of Vuitton. Pan Am was the chicest way to go during the golden age of air travel. Even today, this kicky bag, with bag is a vintage lover’s dream. And it’s functional too, with a spacious interior.


The postcard protected in a pink frame, left, features a number of tourist spots from Rock City Gardens on Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga ($85, B-313). Included in the vista are Lover’s Leap, High Falls Observation Point, Sky Bridge and Stone. Lover's Leap, a popular spot for wedding proposals, is 1,700 feet above sea level and is graced by a 100-foot waterfall that cascades down the mountain, which one can see in this delightful postcard.

In the photo, right, is a vintage embroidered picture of the ships of Crowninshield Wharf in Old Salem, Massachusetts ($22; Booth B-2012). From the Bucilla company, it is embroidered in crewel wool on linen in mostly earthy colors. This seaport in Massachusetts was named after the Crowninshield family, one of the wealthiest early families of Salem.


From vintage globes to framed postcards, a few travel-themed items in a room convey a romantic wanderlust that is irresistible. So whether one is taking off for Club Med with a kitschy TAA flight bag or simply decorating a kitchen with state plates, vintage vacation items are totally chic. And they can be gotten on a quick trip to GasLamp and GasLamp Too, no passport necessary.


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