Sunday, January 19, 2014

Hearts and Flowers

Valentines Day always comes when it's most needed. In the grey dark days of winter you get a chance to decorate and send cards with flowers and lace and pretty red and pink designs. The images and designs are always welcome and can help tide you over till the flowers start to bud.

At least that's the way it seems to me. Having a Valentine Tea or giving sweet gifts while the outdoors is all kinds of grey seems a perfect balance. Of course it depends on what part of the country you live in. Either way, Valentines Day is coming. I love vintage valentines. They are just so much sweeter, elaborate and have such nice sentiments.

I recently listed some new valentines on the site. You can give them as they are, scan them and create a new piece or use them to decorate for Valentines Day.

I love this idea from the blog Town and Country Living. She gathered the fallen bare branches and created a Valentine Tree with copies of vintage Valentine Postcards. So lovely.

I hope you'll stop by the Cedar Chest Shop and see the Valentine Selection.  And check out the Half Off section, too!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 13, Hello 14!

Just getting this New Years post in at the last minute. I wanted to share some New Years-ish ephemera with you from my collection, I say New Years-ish, because this particular postcard you see below is not totally New Years related, but it feels like New Years to me. Especially since attached to it is a printed calender for the year 1977. Also, the Inn reminds me of Holiday Inn.  This Lovett's Inn still exisit. Maybe you will go there if you're in New Hampshire.

Vintage Postcard of Lovett's Inn - The Cedar Chest blog

Just in case you're not familiar with the film Holiday Inn (and from what I've heard, the chain of motels did take there name from the film) here are some images from the film.

The other piece of ephemera is this Happy New years card from 1876! Looks like it was from some business. 1876 was the year the first telephone call was made. It was only 11 years after Lincoln was shot.

Antique New years Card - The Cedar Chest blog

The last thing I want to share is this snapshot of some kind of party. I'm gonna pretend it's a new years party.  I mean what is going on here?

Crazy Party Snapshot - The Cedar Chest blog

The lady in white seems a bit traumatized by this party. 

close up of crazy party snapshot - The Cedar Chest blog

Well, hey I am already hearing fireworks.  
Get you kicks, pals! Mine involve some lady comedy and hard cider.  Happy New Year!!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Lawrence Welk Christmas

Things have been busy for me the last part of the year and I haven't been able to post here as much as I would like to. Hopefully I can at least get this one Christmas post in. I wanted to share this Lawrence Welk Christmas Card. In it is a punch out calender with a picture of Lawrence Welk on the back.

Lawrence Welk was a big thing at one time. He had a show on that ran from the 50's through 1980. He had a resort and a restaurant, maybe more than one. It was a big deal. I like watching the old shows, especially the color ones. The colors and sets are amazing and kooky sometimes. It's nice to image that such a sweet simple musical program was so popular. My grandparents would watch it a lot when I was a kid. At that time they were probably my age now. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Hello September

It's a tiny travesty that I haven't done a blog post on here since the beginning of June. The summer was much busier than I expected and now it's September and truthfully, I'm glad.

One of the reasons I've been busy is that I have a new job. When I was cleaning up my office today I found an old photo I got a few months ago. It seemed appropriate to post it now not just because of my new job but in honor of Labor Day. Having this extra day off gave me a chance to catch up on life a little bit more and I'm grateful for that.

I seem to collect images of people at work. Often offices. I like office party photos, too.  These one below is an 8x10 and it's great to take a good long look at.

It looks like this was a newspaper and I'm guessing the guy in the middle is the editor. He seems to be the only person expecting a photo to be taken. Some interesting expressions here.

I particularly like this vignette and wonder what was going on there.

Hope you had a great Labor Day. I posted a couple new things in the shop today. More to come!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Hello Summertime

A couple days ago I went out to Sauvie Island and got some of the very small and very sweet Hood Strawberries that are in season here in Portland for only a few weeks. Today I attempted to make a couple jars of Strawberry jam. In my typical cooking fashion I kind of screwed it up, but, really strawberries and a little sugar, how bad could it be? It'll be delicious.

So, in honor of the summer, strawberries and all I wanted to add some new postcards to The Cedar Chest Shop.  Hope you are enjoying the bounty of June.

A new listing in the shop. Such a great photo from 1907. Click on photo to see the listing.

A  wonderful summer picnic, a faded memory - a faded photograph

These young women are ready for Summer. Imagine the adventures they had.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Have a Good Time at the Rose Festival

It's already Rose Festival time here in Portland. Truthfully, I don't really partake in the Rose Festival as much as most people, but I like that it exists. I have always loved the local festivals they have in towns all over the U.S.

I do, of course, like to collect Vintage Rose Festival Postcards. The costumes and floats were so pretty back then. Even in black and white you can see that. Here are a few I wanted to share before Rose Festival time is over.
Antique 1911 Rose Festival Postcard - The Cedar Chest blog

The back of the postcard seen above
Floral Parade - Vintage Portland Postcard - The Cedar Chest blog

Vintage Portland rose Parade Children's Parade

Vintage 1941 Rose Festival Parade Real Photo Postcard -The Cedar Chest blog

Happy Rose Festival from the Summer Capital of America! (Really?)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Rose City

Portland is also called The Rose City and every year there is a Rose Festival here that has many events and last from a month from May to June.

I have been collecting some old images of the rose Festival and will post some as it gets closer to that time, but today I wanted to post this awesome photo with these two women surrounded by roses. I love the way they are looking at each other and someone literally made a frame of roses for people to pose behind. I don't know if this took place during the Rose Festival, but it's a good guess.

I also just put this pretty tinted postcard of the girl picking roses in the Etsy shop today, so the two of them inspired me to do a little collage with them. Behind the title are some young Rose Festival participants in the early 1900's.

Vintage Portland Oregon City of Roses Postcards and Photos - The Cedar Chest Blog

Portland is in ridiculous bloom right now, Flowers, trees, everything is blooming and the streets look like illustrations with all the green leaves and bright colors. Enjoy the blooms in your town!