The '50s were long gone before Michael Griffin and Tony Loeffler were even born. Only its artifacts remained.
But somehow all that pink and turquoise and chrome touched a chord. Mr. Loeffler says, "We just acquired an appreciation for it."
When collecting got out of hand, -- "You can only collect so many tables and pots and things," he says -- they opened Jeepers on Broadway in Fells Point.
If you've got a hankering for chrome dinettes, sunburst clocks, pastel beverage sets or giant ashtrays, this is the place.
Currently their most prized offering is a 9-foot, kidney-shaped sofa in white vinyl with red piping. They also have Mexican movie posters, ceramic panthers, T-shirts, figurines and lamps including one in the shape of a lollipop tree.
You can get a restored gasoline pump with a Texaco sign on top that lights up, or a salt-and-pepper set made in the shape of toast in a toaster.
"It was just a really fun design period," Mr. Loeffler says. "The '50s was a period of real mass marketing. Everyone was coming out the Depression and out of a war, and it offered them all kinds of things that were functional but looked fun."
Jeepers is located at 602 S. Broadway. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays and sometimes on Tuesdays by chance. The telephone number is (410) 558-0835.