I keep saying that, don’t I?
Fact is, there was a lot of cool stuff going on in the 1950s. Turns out, many of the finest people I know were born in the 1950s.
I had lunch with one of them yesterday. Cynthia and I strode through the streets of greater downtown Phoebus (Hampton, Virginia) peeking in windows and visiting shops and pretending to be flatlander tourists.
Personally, I am highly allergic to shopping of any kind, but I must say, our adventure was great fun and most memorable.
One of our stops was Cody’s Lighting and Repair on E. Mellen Street. Inside, there were hundreds of vintage lighting fixtures spanning the whole of the 20th Century, but my heart stopped when I gazed upon a coppertone hanging light behind the old-fashioned glass counters.
Several months ago, I did a little work on my kitchen and bath, returning them to the 1950s. Even since then, my dining room (situated between the kitchen and bath) has been feeling a deep sense of shame with its anachronistic post-1970s light fixture. I could hardly bear to walk through the dining room for the lugubrious moans wafting from its walls.
It was troubling.
I knew – as soon as I gazed upon that coppertone light fixture at Cody’s – that my dining room could now re-join its merry 1950s compatriots.
I couldn’t whip out that VISA card fast enough.
For the rest of my visit with Cynthia, I was having a little trouble concentrating because I kept thinking about The World’s Most Beautiful Mid-Century Modern Coppertone Hanging Light Fixture. It was a happy distraction.
Whilst driving home from Hampton with the new (old) fixture in my back seat, I called my buddy Milton and asked him if he was busy.
Poor Milton has come to recognize that this is a very dangerous question when asked by moi, and one needs to be cautious with their response.
“What do you have in mind?” he gingerly asked.
“I’m going to surprise Wayne with a new light fixture I just bought!”
Milton started laughing, and not only did he agree to help with the install, but he went to my house at once and started unhooking the old fixture to make way for the new.
Less than 30 minutes later, The World’s Most Beautiful Mid-Century Modern Coppertone Hanging Light Fixture was suspended from my dining room ceiling.
The dining room emitted an audible sigh of relief.
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