If you're into '50s artifacts, Jeepers is the store for you


January 19, 1992|By LINDA LOWE MORRIS

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.

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