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Beauty After Age

Rewind: Patina

Spend some time on the web or amongst cool guys with well-groomed facial hair and you’ll hear plenty of talk about patina, a seemingly mythical quality that rarely rears its head outside of tumblr feeds. Really though, patina is just how goods are affected by time; the better the item was made, the better it…

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Mad for mid-century

Time for Mad Men: 5 Watches of the Era

it’s not just the incredible storytelling that’s so appealing about Mad Men. It’s the style and setting narratives that relive a fabled American decade. Tailored suits and bespoke dresses. Cigarettes. Colors. The Rolling Stones and Beatles. More cigarettes. And the subtle dress watch. We round up 5 stunning watches from the American mid-century in celebration of the season 6 premiere.

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Digging for gold

Hunting eBay: Menswear

For the third Hunting eBay I’ve turned the survey to menswear. It’s worth noting my submission into the vast world of fashion comes with a note of diffidence — style is highly subjective, and there’s no shortage of highly tuned eyes on the vast array of good things out there for a man. So instead,…

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Digging for gold

Hunting eBay: Home Audio & Hi-Fi

For our second Hunting eBay post I’ve focused in on hi-fi. A personal soft-spot, my eBay watch list is often teeming with everything from iconic vintage audio listings to mystic hi-fi relics. There isn’t as much glory or panache in an excellent piece from the ’70s as there is an equally aged watch, but the…

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Digging for Gold

Hunting eBay: Motoring & More

To this humble writer, eBay remains one of the last bastions of great finds. Sure, there’s a trove of new listings that hit eBay every minute, but for me, the hunt remains nearly as fun as the buy. Recently the good folks at eBay asked if I could throw in with their eBayFinders initiative to…

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Audio Technical

Patina: Sony PCM-D1

Let’s get it out of the way. The Sony PCM-D1 is expensive and discontinued. So why are we writing about it? Allow us to explain in this edition of Patina.

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Land Lover

Patina: Polaroid Land Camera 210

Looking at old Polaroids evokes a certain feeling. Childhood galavanting and family road trips come to mind. In the modern era of megapixels and digital cameras though, Polaroids still take awe-inspiring photos (look what’s inspired Instagram filters). Browse through Craigslist, eBay, your local thrift shop, or KEH.com and you’ll find lots of older Polaroid Land…

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The poor man's rangefinder

Patina: Yashica Electro 35 GSN

While the Yashica name is rarely whispered outside die-hard enthusiast groups, the name (and brand) holds an important part of photo history. Take for example the Yashica Electro 35 GSN fixed lens rangefinder camera. If you’re lusting after a Leica rangefinder or getting hot and bothered about some of Fujifilm’s latest digital options, like this…

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High Karate

Patina: 1967 Shelby/Toyota 2000GT

It’s not often you see a car this rare and iconic go up on the auction block, especially considering its Japanese origin. The first of its kind, this 1967 Shelby/Toyota 2000GT was brought to life by none other than Mr. Carroll Shelby, himself, for the 1968 C-Production SCCA racing circuit. This was also significant, as…

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Moveableing Type

Patina: Olympia Werke Typewriter (Photo Essay)

Yes, that’s actual type scanned from the Olympia. More photos and type text after the jump.

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Let sleeping cats lie

Patina: 1969 Jaguar E-Type

Every car guy’s dream is to find a dusty vintage classic in a barn somewhere. And it does happen. The 1969 Maserati we featured here a few weeks ago was actually found, covered in an inch of bird guano, in a barn on the eastern end of Long Island. Well, today we’re featuring another “barn…

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Italy's Muscle Car

Patina: 1969 Maserati Ghibli SS (Photo Essay)

Maserati is a legendary carmaker resurrected. After decades of false starts and forgettable collaborations (the 1980s Chrysler TC comes to mind), the Italian marque that made its name in racing between the World Wars is now firmly back in the hearts and minds of motoring fans. Despite the company’s seductive new releases, there is one…

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The boots that America built

Patina: Red Wing 877 Boots

England may have its Doc Martens and Australia has its Blundstones, but America’s boot is the Red Wing 877. Worn by countless workers, farmers, hunters and hipsters since its introduction in 1953, the 877 is revered for its comfort, durability and timeless styling. Still made in Red Wing, Minnesota with little changed for 60 years,…

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Here's to the Forgotten Roadster

Patina: 1956 Austin Healey 100-Four (Photo Essay)

When you think of the classic British sports cars of the 1950s and ‘60s, MG, Jaguar, Aston Martin and Triumph tend to come to mind first. But arguably the most beautiful of the genre was the series of roadsters made by Austin Healey during the company’s short run, with their long sweeping haunches, short rear…

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Everything You Need and Nothing You Don’t

Patina: 1960’s Lotus Elan

Lotus has always built cars that are meant to be driven hard and not coddled. Small and lightweight, with surprisingly modest engines, the guiding principle of company founder, Colin Chapman, was to remove extraneous bits and bobs to tip the power to weight ratio in favor of the former. This principle was most evident in…

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Worn and Well Worn

Patina: 1966 Rolex Submariner (ref. 5513)

Author’s Note: It’s no secret we’re all about surfacing the latest and greatest, newest and shiniest gear. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have a healthy respect for careworn, well-made gear from the past. Because in the end, good quality stuff should last a while, perform for years, and become careworn itself. In this era…