All posts tagged: Vintage ephemera

Ephemera from my Portland trip

  While I was in Portland Oregon a couple of weeks ago, we visited a fabulous upcycle shop in downtown Portland called ‘Scrap‘. It is a huge space full of all kinds of creative materials from crayons and brushes to photos and National Geographic magazines via fabric and paper.  Tubs of stamps, barrels of pens and boxes of vintage ephemera. I of course found some vintage National Geographic mags and some ephemera from the 1900’s. The graphics on the matchbox tops are so good and the peacock looks like he is a bit cross about something! Always looking for the vintage papers! Happy Monday x

Books and vintage ephemera from my UK trip.

While on a recent trip home to Lincoln in the UK, I marked the calendar to visit an antique market in Castle Square and I wasn’t disappointed.  It was a small but interesting gathering of stalls from local vendors and antique dealers.  Among the wares on sale I spotted a vintage gladstone bag which my teenage goth self would have given her right arm for, I wanted one of those things so badly!  Thirty years on, I left it for someone else. This typewriter was pretty sweet and I thought a bargain at twenty pounds but it would not have fit in my carry on, so even though it worked, it also was left for another owner. As cruised the stalls in search of photos and ephemera which would fit into my bag, I found these cigarette cards wrapped in a crabby old elastic band at the bottom of a box of treasures. These old travel souvenir photo sets were in the same box and I soon had a pile forming!The 1972 London street map …

Weekend Finds

My favourite antique shop here in St Louis opens each month from the 1st to the 7th only.  This month we made a trip this weekend and they didn’t disappoint. I found a ledger which is smaller than the ones I usually see, the size is what drew me to it initially and when I saw that it was almost all filled in with ledger type stuff from the 1920’s I was sold. It contains information about mail deliveries, egg accounts and Jessie’s music expenses from 1928! I bought this fabulous chunk of vintage paper to paint on and put into art journals, but I am not sure I can.  The more I look through it, the more interesting it is!  For now, this is safe in my collection of old books. I also found a People’s Cyclopedia from 1890 without its cover but so interesting.  It is the D-L volume and full of 1890’s information and illustrations.  It still has the wonderful marbled cover pages and the inside of the bindings is revealed as …

Vintage Papers and where to find them

Estate sales are really the very best place to find vintage papers.  I don’t mean just old books or postcards which are often at thrift stores, Goodwill and yard sales and are a wonderful find in themselves. What I am really looking for are unusual papers, forms and hand written books and ledgers.  An estate sale where they are trying to sell everything and literally anything is where I have good luck finding papers to art journal with and include in sketchbooks. Of course there is eBay and Etsy and I must admit that I found this fantastic ‘Tourist Ledger’ on Etsy and an album full of photos from the 20’s and 30’s at Goodwill online. Having said that, I don’t find a paper treasure trove at every sale I visit.  I go to about two sales a month, I use the ‘Find Estate Sales’ app on my phone and there are always photos of each sale so you can assess whether there may be a good chance that there is stuff you will want …