A taste of yesteryear for your home...

Pottstown, Pennsylvania · 873 Sales


A taste of yesteryear for your home...

Pottstown, Pennsylvania 873 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   Nostalgia: n. a longing for the past, a yearning for yesterday, or a fondness for possessions and activities associated with days of long ago


Nostalgia: n. a longing for the past, a yearning for yesterday, or a fondness for possessions and activities associated with days of long ago

Linda Hartranft

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Linda Hartranft


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gardnernd on Feb 9, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

A beautiful set of cobalt glass plates. They matched the photo exactly. Due to the great packaging care they arrived in perfect condition.

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RosaLee Cullen on Sep 17, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely beautiful Vintage Refrigerator Dish. Expertly packed and shipped. Arrived quickly. Thank You for being a GREAT Provider!

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I have a wistful longing for an earlier, simpler time...

Growing up in the 1950s saw me experiencing two very different worlds...the old one that was quietly disappearing from the landscape of American life (that was the one I enjoyed upon staying at the home of my grandparents), and the modern one that I lived most of my days with my thirty-something mother and father and younger brother.

MumMum and PapPap, as I called them, didn't have a telephone as we did at our house. Fortunately, they lived across the road and a just few houses up, so they were near enough that, if the idea of a shopping trip was in the offing, either my mum or my grandmother could step out on her porch and call the other's name--in as loud a voice as she could muster. I'm sure my mum wished her parents would get a phone--though I never heard her say it. They never did though. I guess they saw no need for one.

And then there was cutting the grass. My modern Daddy had the new-fangled invention for doing that--the power mower. It sure made a lot of noise, and we kids were warned to stay away from it, lest we get hurt. My Pap, on the other hand, cut his large yard with a push-mower--where the only power being exerted was his own. He sweat a lot, but never complained. Sometimes he even let me get in on the fun of mowing by allowing me to get in under his arms between him and the mower and "helping" him push--my little hands in between his two big ones on each side. Helping Pap was great fun!

And the laundry! I noticed early on that MumMum's stack of folded towels was much shorter than those at home, and the towels were stiff and kind of scratchy. At our house, my mother had an electric drier which made her towels come out all soft and fluffy, but they also took up lots more space in the linen closet. My MumMum hung every bit of her wash on the numerous clotheslines that criss-crossed the fartherest end of their back yard. How I loved being at her house on washday, playing in and running through all the sheets and towels blowing in the breeze, fragranced so sweetly by MumMum's Ivory Snow and sunshine!

The distinctions of those two worlds were not lost on me. Even the homes of grandparents--or other older friends and relatives--smelled differently than those of their adult children. Not in a bad way, mind you, just different. And their TV's! If they even had one--they were old-fashioned, with really small screens (and ALWAYS black and white, even after the younger folks had color). And yet, they seemed to always have really HUGE radios--the kind that was actually a piece of furniture and took up one whole corner of the living room. That was a puzzle, indeed, which I pondered, while often helping MumMum dust all it's little knooks and crannies, and occasionally, all the dozens of fascinating items on her knick-knack shelf.

"A bittersweet longing for things and people and situations of the past"...yes, that aptly describes how I feel about my childhood home and the home of my grandparents. Many a time I have wished I could take my own four children (now grown) on a trip somehow, to visit my life back then. There is an indescribable simplicity and sweetness to it that I wish so much I could pass on to them!

It's funny, now, that the things of everyday life so common in both parts of my world in those days are actually grouped together and known by one and all as "vintage". Is it any wonder these things evoke in me a cherished memory? I am instantly carried back, if only for a moment, to those long-ago days where I got to sleep over at my grandparents' house, and helped my PapPap cut the grass, and dust my MumMum's many shelves of knick-knacks.

Here at NostalgicHome, I hope that, as you browse, you will find some memories stirred of your own, no matter what your age, whether you lived through these times I've described yourself, or whether you heard about them from someone close to you.

I hope you enjoy your visit. You just stay as long as you like, and browse to your heart's content. We don't lock the doors here...there's no need to. It was a simpler, sweeter, more innocent time. I hope you find that to be true...and enjoy your visit so much you will be back....
I wish you happy memories, Linda

Born in Southwestern Pennsylvania, during The Great Appalachian Snowstorm of November 1950***, Linda (Bowen) Hartranft, grew up outside of a small town south of Pittsburgh. She enjoys reading, writing, drawing, and Bible study. Her husband, Neal, born in 1948, was also child of the 1950s, but grew up in Chester County, on the other side of the state from his future wife, Linda. He is proficient on both piano and organ and, in June of 2016, will have been servicing Allen organs for 50 years! He is also the composer of some very beautiful gospel music. The Hartranfts have been married for 40 years and have four grown children. They still reside in the old farmhouse in Chester County, where one room is set aside for NostalgicHome.


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  • Linda Hartranft


  • Neal Hartranft

    Packer, Shipper

    Born in 1948, Neal also was a child of the 1950s. He is proficient on both piano and organ, and in June of 2016, will have been servicing Allen organs for 50 years! He is also the composer and lyricist for some beautiful gospel music.

  • Laurie Hartranft

    Designer, Assistant

    Eldest daughter, Laurie, designs the banners for NostalgicHome, is the go-to person for trouble-shooting any problem that may come up, and is the owner of her own Etsy shop, DearMacyVintage, which houses more than 2500 vintage photographs & ephemera.

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Last updated on July 6, 2014
Welcome to my NostalgicHome! I grew up in the 1950s and 60s and ever since, have loved anything that speaks to me of those old, simpler times. Here you will find a little of everything that takes me back to those days. How happy I am to share some of my finds with you!

Do remember that vintage items were used, and hopefully loved, prior to finding their way to my shop. Gentle wear, patina, even a bit of rust, is looked upon here as evidence of it's history and such, as part of it's charm. However, be assured that holes, cracks, chips, tears, missing pieces, etc. will be carefully noted in the
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Books, media, and paper goods ship via Media Mail unless otherwise noted or requested.

Extra shipping options, such as tracking is now included in USPS Priority Mail. First class mail charges an extra $1.25 for tracking, so if you have a small or lightweight item, and want tracking, I will need you to let me know. Insurance on any item, of course, is charged extra by USPS, and I must pass that charge on to you. If you want insurance, please let me know before checking out, and I will add the cost to the shipping on your item(s).

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Be assured that the utmost care will be given to your item. My husband does packaging, and does an incredible job! We have sold on eBay and Amazon for many years. Check out some of our feedback where our great packaging is mentioned:

***"Best packaging seen in past 2 years..."
***"Item exactly as described! Excellent packaging and shipping!"
***"EBay should put packing rating--I will give 6 stars!"
***"Packaged carefully & arrived sooner than I expected!"
***"...securely & neatly packaged, & promptly sent out!"
***"You should be commended on your wrapping process..."
***"Thank you for the secure packaging! I wish we could give a score for great vs. poor packaging...I'd give you the highest score possible!"

**We pack with previously-used packing materials to reduce waste, if possible.
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