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Friday, January 16, 2015

Frankoma ashtrays and snack stands

A reader emailed me yesterday asking about his Frankoma smoking stand. He had seen a photo on a very early post from 2010...when I had only been blogging for a little over a month, in fact...that showed the stand to have a magazine rack, which his does not have, making him wonder if his was on a "married" stand.

I was fascinated by his question, and in searching for an answer, I found them with and without magazine racks, so apparently they were sold both ways.

Frankoma smoking stand in prairie green - Debra Taylor

Frankoma smoking stand/magazine rack

Over the past few years, I've found that some people love Frankoma pottery, while others find it a little too traditional. Generally, though, no one can resist the charm of the stand. It's classic mid-century. Take a look at some other examples I ran across.

This one is called the Serva-Tray with magazine rack. It was the 1955 Ceramic Award Winner in the Hess Bros. National Contest for Versatility in Design and Use. Frankoma produced it from 1955 through 1964. I wouldn't mind having one of these by my favorite chair.

Serva-Tray in prairie green

Serva-Tray in desert gold

Serva-Tray in turquoise - Bead Booty

Serving trays on stands - Bead Booty

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Dialing it back a few notches

Video may have killed the radio star, but Instagram is taking a toll on bloggers.

Since September 6, 2010, I have posted daily about modernist design...with the exception of a brief hiatus when my house was being built. Coming up with something new every day may be a snap for the big-time blogs that employ a staff of writers, but at Mid2Mod, it's just me, and posting daily can be quite time-consuming, especially if research is involved.

It's been a great run, with almost 1600 posts, over 700 followers, and more than 4 million page hits. At the height of this blog's viewing history, 5,000-10,000 page views were being logged each day. However, the popularity of Instagram has reduced those views by half, so I've decided to cut back my posts to a couple a week. If something really inspires me, I'll post more.

I hope you'll stick around as a regular reader. I'm not leaving. I'm just opting for a more relaxed pace.
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