Friday, December 30, 2011

a blithe new year to thee

Happy almost New Year to you!  I love the new year. I'm not sure why. I'm not really one of those people to think of my life in terms of that was a good year or that was a bad year. I just love the idea of a fresh start and a new clean calendar ahead of me. I really like the quiet grey days of January. They're like white space and after the crowded Fall and Christmas time, the simpleness of January seems wonderful.

Anyway, I hope that you have a fantastic New Years. Here is a postcard from my collection from New Years 1912.


1912 pc back

And here is one that is so pretty and non-traditional with a lovely little poem on it. There's no marking on the back, so unsure of the year, but I am guessing it is from around the same time.


Today is Friday and that means Postcard Friendship Friday, so you can head over to the blog The Best Hearts are Crunchy and see a list of other blogs participating in postcard  posts today - as well as a great run down on New Years Eve traditions in other cultures.   Happy 2012!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

having a good time

Christmas is almost here. I hope you all have some fun planned for the next few days, whether you celebrate Christmas or not. The rest of our small family has arrived in town and we shall now embark on the festivities. I have a pie in the oven and that is one of my last Christmas tasks.

Here is my final Christmas postcard for you. I am not a big collector of Santa Claus cards, but I like the uniqueness of this one and the sentiment. It was sent on Dec 24th, 1914 from Wattsburg, PA to Harborcreek, PA - a distance of about 18 miles.  See below for message on postcard

santa postcard from 1914

Dear Cousins,

Many thanks for my new mittens. I have a very bad cold 
so I don't feel very well. I hope Santa will bring you lots 
of nice things for Xmas.
Your cousin,

Happy Holidays to you all! Thank you for following this blog. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

greeting cards have all been sent....

Well, maybe yours haven't. There is totally still time. I just love The Carpenters song that that line comes from.

I've gotten some really nice Christmas Cards this year from friends. I got these two from a seller at the postcard club on Saturday. These seem to be from the WWII era. They're on the small side and so pretty.

I think it's neat how the person saved the unmarked stamp inside this Santa's Stable card.

Santa in the Stable Greeting card

inside santa's stable card

Snowman Christmas Card

inside Snowman card

Well, here it is the last week before Christmas. I did some baking today and am wrapping things up (ha! literally).  Hope things are all the preparations are going good for you.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

our finest collection

Christmas Greeting Cards

I like this postcard from 1958 advertising the assortment of Christmas cards this supplier has to offer. I could have sworn I had another one, but I can't find it. I really need to reorganize my postcards. Maybe in the new year.

Here is the message on the back of the postcard:

I scanned a bunch of vintage Christmas tags and made them available for you to download and print on your color printer at home. You can find them on the PonyBoy Press blog.

 I just used some today and they look pretty good. This is one of my favorites. Very White Christmas. I do love that movie, don't you?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

lacey christmas wishes

I like how this Christmas postcard from 1912 recreates the look of a lace doily. Very intricate and pretty.

This was sent from what looks like Nebraska to Portland Oregon on December 18, 1912.

Dear Cousins,
The pkg. for yourself and Ethel rec'd in fine condition, which Flora and I are very thankful, will give Lucy hers at Xmas time, I am not able to do any writing or I would write you a letter, but would be pleased to get one from you. I can only do certain things with my arm, will not be able to come my hair for some time yet.  With love to all, from your Aunt E Loomis

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I am seeing emails that say "last minute presents" and it's freaking me out. I just got started. The holiday season goes by so fast.

I did a little post on the PonyBoy Press blog about using copies of old family photos for Christmas tags. You an also use copies of your favorite Christmas postcards and cards. Here are a few I made just now.

Some new Christmas and New Years items added to the shop, including a beautiful handmade card from 1915.

Monday, December 5, 2011

small packages

I am always enchanted by little Christmas cards. Most of these are about 4" x 2.5".

Below is a very sweet small card from 1910. This is for sale in my Etsy shop. Just listed.

This is an actual Real Photo Postcard. It was done on a Brownie and is called a Brownie Souvenir. It's hard to tell here, but it is a little card. I love seeing the old Christmas trees. This is Edwin and Wayne's Christmas Tree from 1912.

Below are two more pretty small Christmas cards. Lots of Christmas cards added to the shop recently. New Years cards will be coming soon.  Please like us on facebook to see all the new listings.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

christmas gift subscriptions

Here's some Christmas gift inspiration from the past for you.

Magazines are still the best, if you ask me. I love the internet and kindles and all that, but I guess you can guess that above all I love paper. Maybe I'll give some magazine subscriptions this year. It's the gift you get all year long!

Below is a subscription card for giving the music magazine Downbeat from 1940. This magazine still exists and seems to be going strong. I love the illustrations and hand lettering on this.

record club for christmas gift

record club gift 1940

What you see below is the beautiful and intricate cover (opened up) from a gift subscription for card for a 5 year subscription to the Farm Journal of Philadelphia. Pretty good gift.

magazine subscription for christmas gift cover

The sentiment written here is great. "You will find it full of instruction and sunshine". Nice. Speed the Plow.
magazine subscription inside

Are you getting some shopping done yet? I've gotten a couple of things.

If you're looking for more Christmas inspiration, I've listed more Christmas postcards on the Etsy shop this week.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

making unique holiday cards with vintage post cards

If you come across a vintage postcard or greeting card you love, you can easily use it to make all your holiday cards this year.

A lot of the vintage postcards are so pretty and have such charming sayings on them. Many have unique rhyming greetings, which you don't really see much anymore.

Personal printers and scanners make it easy to reproduce high quality images at home (If you don't have a color printer at home, a copy shop can do them for you at little cost. Just make sure to fit as many onto a page as you can). You can use these to make holiday cards, or you could even just print directly on a super thick card stock and send out postcards.

If you wanna make cards, here are a couple suggestions.  I copied this vintage postcard onto two kinds of paper from my canon printer.

The top one is glossy photo paper and the one underneath is matte presentation paper. They both look really good and it was hard to tell the difference without touching them. The postcard on the glossy photo paper was a little sharper and had more contrast. It had a bit of a green cast to it. The matte photo paper had a bit of a blue cast to it.  I think how you are going to use them is what might determine which paper you use.

The glossy photo paper is thicker and better to use like you would a photograph. An easy way to make cards with these would be to use photo corners and just place the copies like a photo onto blanks cards or folded colored paper stock.

If you want to decorate the cards more, using the matte paper would probably be better. It is thinner and easier to paste down. You could make some gorgeous handmade Christmas, New Years or any greeting cards by using the copy of the vintage postcard and then decorating with glitter, ribbon, vintage items or whatever you can think up.  I am no pro at this, by any means, but I have done my cards like this in the past. I made one up today, just to give you an idea. I'm sure you can do much better.

You can use some colored paper to make the background have a little more depth if you want. After that is glued down I added some glitter.

If you want some better inspiration, take a look at the Little Pink Studio. She is always making something pretty and artful with vintage images.

I'd love to see what you make this year. Please let me know.  Happy Christmas Season!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

thanksgiving games

These poodles are getting ready for Thanksgiving. I think they must be making cranberry sauce.

poodles cooking

I hope your Thanksgiving tomorrow goes better than this lunch below and that the kids aren't fighting like cats and dogs.

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

cats and dogs at dinner

Friday, November 18, 2011

Truth in Postcards & PFF

tree postcard

This postcard is actually this size. And it is a postcard, even thought it looks more like a bookmark. I've come across a couple other postcards this size before. The actual size is 2 1/8" x 6".

This one is from 1908, sent to Scotts Mills, Oregon (current population 355 residents -this has doubled since 1916!) from Roseburg, Oregon.

The greeting says:

I am back in the old place again, have been for little over a month. Have you and Eldon decided to stay where you are or go elsewhere?

I am disgusted with all in general,


I love it when I read messages like this. Ones that make you laugh and that you can totally relate to.

back of tree postcard

I am posting this today to participate in Postcard Friendship Friday, hosted by The Best Hearts are Crunchy. Go to her site and you can see a list of other postcard blogs you can visit today.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

happy birthday mom and dad

Today I'm going to post images of people I actually know. This is a scan of an old slide from when my mother and father were dating, around 1959. Don't you love that Pendleton outfit she has on? I used to wear the jacket in High School, but it was always a little small for me.

November is the month that both my parents were born in. Today is my mom's birthday and my father would have celebrated his last Saturday, the 12th. They haven't been married for over 30 years, but sometimes it's neat to see pictures of your parents when they were together and in love. Plus, they are just cool pictures.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Old Hollywood

I love old movies and am very fond of certain stars from the 20's to the 50's.  I have in the past come across a number of postcards of celebrities with images of their houses. These must have been sold in tourist shops and on corners along with the maps to the stars homes.  Linen postcards from the 40's and 50's are what I've come across the most. Here are two I've collected.

I just posted a really Old Hollywood postcard booklet in the Etsy shop that shows homes of the stars the Hollywood studios. The stars in this booklet are Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and Clara Bow! I have never seen one this old before. It's in great condition, too.

Also, I have never heard the phrase "Screenland" before.

Above is a picture of Clara Bow's house from the booklet. Could this by the house now? According to Wikipedia she lived at this address in 1930 (from the 1930 census).

By 1927 Clara Bow was Paramount's biggest star. The movie "It" gave her her nickname "The It Girl". I was just looking at some videos of her and this one from the film "It" is great. Not just for her, but dig those crazy carnival rides.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

office christmas party

Office Christmas party
I wish there was more information on the back of this photo, but it's blank. Looks like an office Christmas party from around 1955.  The women seem less amused then the men. Maybe they're less drunk.

I recently added some great new finds to The Cedar Chest shop. Please stop  by.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

fondue cook-in

foundue cover

I just found this old fondue booklet in a box of things I was planning on getting rid of a long time ago, but I think I'll keep it. I actually have a fondue pot now and it's just too charming.  I love the first page with the illustrations by Rebecca Crutchfield and the introduction:

fondue folks

  foundue instructions 

 I especially love this bit: 

foundue excerpt

 It sold for $1.00 in 1968. If you want a copy there seem to be quite a few onAmazon.

fondue inside cover

Some of the recipes: Beef Fondue, Fish Fondue, Swiss Fondue #1 and #2, Gruyere Fondue, Seafood Cheese Fondue and recipes for lots of sauces for the fondues, which I don't quite understand. 

There are lots of tips and suggestions to for your "fondue cook-in" 

This is why I get so little done on the weekends. I start to clean something out and get derailed with scanning and blogging. But, really, how can I not?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Postcard and Antique Paper Show this weekend

Just wanted you all to know about a Postcard, Stamp and Antique Paper Show this weekend in Portland. This is a big one!  Admission is $5.00, but you can get a dollar off if you print this up and bring it.

The website is pretty minimal, but all you need to know is on this card. Have fun!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I am your friend

I am quite taken by the sentiment on the back of the portrait of this studious and very sincere seeming young man. On the back of this portrait it says:
With kind remembrance 
I am your Friend 
Henry Johnson

studious guy

I love that he just states it. Just in case the recipient isn't sure he is letting it be known and making the commitment. I think that's lovely and I think we should do that more.  Maybe we could start posting on facebook walls and just say "I am your Friend" (friend capitalized as he did) to friends we really feel committed to. I am totally serious about this. I am not making fun of it, in case you can't tell.

I just listed old Henry here and also the beautiful wistful portrait below on my Etsy shop.  Her signature on the back is hard to see (partly damaged) but she also tells the recipient they are an old friend.

wistful lady