Barsony Ceramics was an Australian company in production from the 1950’s to 2005. They boomed in popularity from the 1950s to mid ’70s. The company was founded by couple George and Jean Barsony. George was a sculptor from Hungary who arrived in Australia in 1949. Shortly after his arrival, he met his English wife Jean who had also recently arrived in Australia, and worked in a Sydney pottery. Together they started their company that produced ceramic items including ashtrays, figurines, wall plaques and lamps recognisable by their signature matte black finishes. Barsony Ceramics were best-known and most loved for their black lady lamps. With such increased popularity, Barsony were in production for a period for 24-hours a day. No joke!
Barsony lamps can be found mostly on eBay or Etsy. However you could be lucky enough to stumble upon one at a garage sale, vintage shop or market! Through my research, I’ve seen they can range in price from $150 to $1200, depending on the rarity. With some shopping around, you can hopefully purchase one at a good price.
An interesting feature of the Barsony lamp is that the shade is made of plastic ribbons. The shades are the first to deteriorate due to their plastic material, so to find one in mint condition is a fantastic find! The shades can be very expensive to purchase and range in price from $50 to $250.
I love the unique look of the Barsony lamp. They are such a stand out piece that can be blended with any decor style!
I have just managed to purchase my first Barsony lamp which I purchased through eBay! I am very excited for it to arrive….
The diner was decorated extra special for Halloween and it had a special mix of 1950s Halloween music. The whole atmosphere was so enjoyable!! Each table also had spiderweb tablecloths.
Above: the Diner’s decorations
To compliment the Diner’s decorations, the staff members were dressed fantastically spooky in their Halloween costumes! They all looked so excellent!! Anyone who attended the restaurant over the weekend and was dressed up for Halloween, were given a discount on their meals. You were even welcome to go there to trick or treat.
Above: Friends with a diner worker
They also had spooky meal specials to indulge in over the weekend. They were handing out ‘blood red’ cordial syringes, chocolate ‘eye balls,’ and drinks that bubbled like a ‘witches brew’.
The whole night was a really enjoyable experience!
On Halloween night I went to the Drive-In’s for a special screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Women in the 50s had many roles. They may work outside of the home and inside the home. They were housewives, mothers, beauticians, hostess, handy man, a decorator, a vet, undergo doctor or dental duties, psychiatry help, financial help & decisions, cleaning, washing and ironing, cooking, taxi driver, support for her parents and numerous other duties. And that is just for her family. The happiness and welfare of the whole family rests mainly on her shoulders!
But today those jobs do remain the same. We are underpaid still and have the same numerous duties, however our partners may help a lot more. But with study, work, exercise and family, our lives are still so busy and our duties are never ending.
The idea behind my blog is to help you with retro and craft ideas & tips. How to still love the 50s, 60s and 70s while living in this modern busy world.
I love retro clothes, music, hair, furniture and all things retro! My husband has always told me that I was born in the wrong era but I believe my modern way of thinking would have been frowned upon in the 50s. I would have been classed as a ‘rebel’. I love my family, my career, studying and the options that are available in my life.
Let’s hope that all my future tips and ideas can spark ideas to help you celebrate your retro lifestyle too!!