Over the years, the set designers reused and
reupholstered Mary's furnishings, as would have been done in
real life. The chair shown served TMTMS from first episode
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Shopping 119 North Weatherly
Some of Mary Richards’ favourite things can be yours, if you know
where to look. Here’s a guide to buying the items that can give
your life that TMTMS touch.
The Ben Shahn poster seen in the first season is available through
on Ben Shahn and look in the selections shown for the
title January 18th to February 12th.
The Toulouse-Lautrec poster seen in later seasons is another Allposters
selection. Search on Toulouse-Lautrec and look in the
selections shown for the title Jane Avril.
Pressed-oak dining chairs like Mary had are fashionable again.
Currently, many furniture stores carry them from a wide selection
of manufacturers in all price ranges. To get the look inexpensively,
you can get very good versions from Big Lots.
Baker’s racks are another easy find; check with nearly any
furniture store. They also turn up in thrift stores regularly,
but used ones are often rusted. A little spray paint will fix
Pier One is the place to get a wicker chest like the one Mary
used as a coffee table, but different versions are offered from
time to time. If you don’t find one similar to Mary’s right
away, be patient and keep going back.
Armoires cost a fortune new, but companies specializing in hotel
salvage sales often have them at reasonable prices. As a bonus,
armoires made for the hotel business usually are fitted with sliding,
swivelling shelves for TV sets.
The little space-age lamp beside the wicker chair seen in front
of the window in early seasons is known as a Laurel lamp. These
lamps are no longer made, but they turn up on eBay. Search on Laurel
lamp. Be prepared to pay big bucks for one in good condition;
they’re highly sought-after by collectors of 1960s modernism.
Mary’s Samsonite luggage can also be found on eBay. If your find
arrives in scruffy condition, a trip to your local luggage shop
will work miracles. Samsonite still supplies parts for its 1960s1970s
luggage, so no problem there.
The hourglass-shaped glass coffeemaker Mary uses in some episodes
is called a Chemex pot. These are still available in better
kitchenware shops, and on eBay.
Mary’s cute little Sony portable TV turns up on eBay all the time.
Search on Sony BW and you’ll find one within weeks.
Hold out for one in working condition; repairs on vintage electronics
That powder-blue phone Mary had is something else that eBay can
help you own. The search terms to use are blue phone
and blue telephone.
Metlox Potteries made the pumpkin-shaped cookie jar, and even
though the company is out of business, the cookie jar is another
item easily located online by searching eBay for Metlox pumpkin.
Antique fairs and malls sometimes have salvaged architectural
lettering, so you can find your own initial to hang on your wall.
To this day, TMTMS makes "M" the most sought-after
letter, so be prepared to pay well for a nice one resembling the
one on the show.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show web site, www.mtmshow.com.
Allen and Brown: Love Is All Around: the Making
of the Mary Tyler Moore Show. New York: Delta Division of Dell
The Internet Movie Database, www.imdb.com.
Bryars: The Real Mary Tyler Moore. New
York: Pinnacle Books 1976.
About the author
Sandy McLendon is a freelance writer whose career includes a real-life
reminder of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. For six years, he
was a cooking teacher like Sue Ann Nivens; he can sling Veal Prince
Orloff with the best of them. Magazines in which his work has appeared
include Modernism and Old House Interiors. He lives