Saturday, January 30, 2010

Valentines Day Party

Here is another couple of pages from my much loved 1935 booklet Children's Party Book.

I thought I would post this now just in case you are planning a Valentine's Party and need some ideas.

I love all the hats. Seems like wearing hats like this makes something an instant party.



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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Great Find

I have not been to a true Estate Sale in a while. They are the most interesting, but also so sad. Walking through a person's house and browsing through their cabinets and closets is so strange, but also so fascinating. That is often where I find the best old ephemera stuff.

There was a neat story in The Oregonian yesterday about a local guy who bought a box of old photos and clippings for 4 dollars at an Estate Sale. Inside he found a unique and missing part of the history of The Oregon Zoo and it's most famous resident, Packy the elephant.

The box had belonged to a guy who worked for the paper and spent years covering the zoo and Packy. The Oregon Zoo was thrilled to have some documented history about a time that they had no saved documents for.

It's a neat story. You can read more about it here.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

January Days

Today has been sunny and about 55 degrees. It has been like this for a couple of weeks. Plants are starting to bloom. Little buds are sprouting from my hydrangea and a friend actually saw a daffodil the other day.

This is the earliest false spring I have ever heard of. I know there is more winter for Portland, but it sure doesn't seem interested in showing up.

Here are some photos I got recently of a very different January in this town. This was on 114th and Fremont in January of 1954. The woman in the photo is Ruth May.

Snow, Portland, Jan 1954

Snow in Portland, 1954

The address and name of the woman is on the back of the photos. I couldn't find the same exact house (as often happens the address numbers have been changed a bit), but I think this is the street view now.

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Thats some crazy snow. Although I am not looking for this kind of weather, a little more winter would be fine for me.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

time for something sweet

doreens pie shop

I would so love to stop by Doreen's Pie Shop right now. A nice piece of pie and some coffee sounds great. I tried to figure out where this pie shop was and the only address that matched was in Modesto, California.

I spent some time today posting some great vintage Valentines on The Cedar Chest Shop. Take a visit and check them out. They are full of sweetness.

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Jan. 1st

Jan 1st 1913

This lovely new year greeting was sent on Dec 16, 1913 to Miss Emma Street at 468 S 6th St in San Jose, California

Dear Emma,

We'll be in San Jose on Wed noon Dec 17th. Would love to have you meet me. I want to go and see my future home which will be 540 S 6th St. I don't think it's so far from your place.



(The links show you where Emma and Elsie lived).