This vintage 1960s space age tie tack was given to my dad after he worked on one of the Apollo programs. It was sitting on his desk at work one day with a note. How cool is that?🚀 This is a special kind of corporate gift. The 1960s did things in style.
1960s vintage tie tacks and more
This vintage 1960s space age tie tack is like a museum piece in our family. My sons have worn it on their ties once or twice, but we are all nervous about losing it. It was overlooked for years and then recently rediscovered. My sons used to ask my dad if he fought in the Cold War. He would laugh and say, “Kind of.” I love that Cold War era items are now vintage.
My dad did receive some other “mission” related corporate gifts at work: desk clocks with his name and the name of the project laser-etched into it, strange key chains depicting the latest computing device, and–very Mad Men— a set of Baccarat crystal tumblers and decanter with my dad’s initials etched in. My oldest son clamored to put his dibs on that set. Do corporations do anything like this anymore? I’d like to know.
Visit Eleventeen Jewelry for more vintage 1960s jewelry
Be sure to visit Eleventeen Jewelry on Instagram and in the blog to catch a glimpse of vintage jewelry and trinkets from the turn of the century up to the 1990s. During all of my time on Zoom, I decided to reuse and recylce some of the vintage necklaces and earrings and wore them on screen. I did get a few comments–especially from the younger generation. More to come on this. We have a lot to dig through.
Other highlights from the collection include a vintage cowboy hat tie tack, a beautiful opal ring that had belonged to my grandma (her birthstone), and an early 1970s agate style pendant that I’m sure was worn many a time with a black ribbed turtleneck.
Never again will I buy jewelry
Ok, I say this now, but I think I mean this: I will never buy jewelry again. Well, maybe unless its from a vintage shop. I have so much vintage jewelry from the 1900s that I certainly should be able to find something to go with just about anything and to go just about anywhere.
None of this jewelry is worth much, so I should be able to wear it without worry. I did brake one necklace that had a bunch of gold seashells on it. I wore this to school every day all spring since I could not go anywhere for Spring Break. It was to remind me, and my students, of the sea. It brought good cheer to my kindergarten and first grade students who commented on it every day. They especially loved the gold sand dollars. Reuse and recycle vintage jewelry–that’s my motto.