Monday, August 30, 2010

A Musician, Perhaps?


To me, he looks like a magician, though I'm not sure what his title really is. Who do you think he looks like?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Vintage Beauty Postcard





^ I bought this from another collector in Toronto and I really love the front image. The back has some very messy writing on it, but I thought I would scan and post it for you anyway in case anyone can use it.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Vintage Herbs - Acanthus




^ I found this in an old cyclopedia from the early 1900's. Acanthus, also called bear's breeches, and is the basis for the architectural style by the same name.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Prom, Perhaps?


^This lovely young lady looks like she's either about to go on a "date", or going to some sort of party, like a prom (did they even have Proms in the 20's? lol)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Mischief Makers

^ To me, these three boys look like they're about to get up to some serious mischief. I rather like how casual they all look. Reminds me of something straight out of Oliver Twist or Dickens in general - what do you think?

Friday, August 20, 2010

Vintage Fairy Tale Illustration


Another illustration from Perrault's fairy tales :)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A couple of vintage siblings or lovers


I'm not sure by the stance as to whether these are siblings or brothers, but don't you just love her hair? Long and down, not something you often see in these old pictures - usually the hair is up on top of the head.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Vintage Halloween

^ original untouched


^ fixed up in Photoshop

I know a lot of people are beginning to do vintage Halloween swaps and I wanted to share this with everyone - my very first vintage Halloween postcard. Because it was in such rough condition, I got this little beauty really cheap - I'm considering printing the fixed version and mounting it to display. 

I love that he broom is "backwards" compared to how most witches are depicted with brooms. It makes me excited to think that Fall/Autumn is just around the corner - my absolutely favourite time of year! So enjoy, and make some awesome crafts with this witchy beauty!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Old Paper


^ I scanned a blank page from "Charles O'Malley" and thought it might be useful to you guys - I've used old paper stock a lot for anything from making banners/squares, making collages - just about anything. I love the colour of old paper - it can make anything look antique!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Be my valentine

original front


original back

repaired front


repaired back

This lovely little cutie took me quite a while to repair. It's not perfect, but hopefully you can see the difference between the original and the work I've done on it - you could do so many lovely vintage crafts with this one!

Service Man


I bought this one at a yard sale last month - the man selling it had a whole army display of things he was selling and had just used the picture as a decoration. Apparently he hadn't planned on selling the picture, but I guess I seemed nice enough and he changed his mind - This is the only war/army related photo I have at the moment. This would be great for a Legion or officers party - have fun with it.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Merry....Christmas?

original

repaired

I know it's nowhere near Christmas and, is in fact the middle of a brutally hot summer - but I couldn't help myself with this one. It took me an hour or so to edit this one for you guys - does anyone out there love vintage Christmas cards? At the very least, use the flowers for a project - they're so pretty! As usual, I've given you both the original (top) and the repaired (bottom) Enjoy!

Violet Flowers


^The original



^ I took out the image of the flowers itself - lovely violet in colour - you could make a print of this and hang it in your kitchen or bathroom. What a cute little image!



I'm not feeling great today, but working with graphics for you guys always makes me feel a little bit better :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

A Writer, Perhaps?


I acquired this charming fellow at a garage sale last month - I wish the family had more, but they sold them just before I arrived (*cries*), but I managed to get this fellow. I think he looks almost distinguished - but then I noticed how his shirt is buttoned and it looks like it doesn't quite fit - so I'm not sure what to make of him.

Easter Postcard

^ The above is the original untouched, scanned image. The corner is gone and other corners are badly creased.

^ General repair to corners


^ Repair to corners as well as removal of lettering.


Please keep in mind that I'm learning as I go when it comes to editing pictures. I've never taken classes or gone to school for it - I just sort of try things out and if they work, I stick with it. I have an old copy of Photoshop 7 (Hey it was new when I got it!) that does what I need it to for the most part (aside from not being able to use newer brushes made in Elements)

This is a lovely Easter postcard I got yesterday at the ephemera show - I'm so happy to have some colour things to post for you guys!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Two Gents and News from the Ephemera Show


I'm not sure what to think about these two gents. The one on the left has the most peculiar ears and looks like he may be an elf trying to blend in with mortal society - the other looks a little gruff - like he's the friend who always gets you into trouble - we all have one of those - haha

Today I went to an ephemera show over in Thornhill - I made the mistake of taking my BIL and MIL with my hubby and I as I knew they would get bored easily (it's just not their thing). I ended up getting a wonderful new catalog all about horses and maintenance and I managed to find at least 45 interesting (colour!) postcards from the turn of the century. I'll be doing some major scanning tomorrow. Look forward in the weeks to come for some lovely new additions to the Attic! I've got a lot of repairs to do on the postcards, but as they come out, you'll be the first to know, I promise! 

I absolutely can't wait until October for the next ephemera show - I could sit there all day looking through lovely things. Do you know, I saw postcards selling for over a hundred dollars a piece?! I couldn't believe it - and of course a big part of me wished I had the money to nab them for myself and hang them up on the wall.

Much to my husbands soon-to-be dismay (See - I haven't told him yet!), I've decided to collect vintage Halloween postcards. I just adore them, but they are so expensive, so it will be slow going - but good collections always are, right? I managed to get a badly damaged one today for next to nothing and it's really given me a push in the right direction (or wrong, if you're to ask my husband! haha)

That's it for tonight - enjoy!

Gryphon Decal and some news


Used as a page break, this Gryphon ornament can be coloured, printed and used in a variety of different projects. I have the urge to print him out on plain white paper and then colour him in as though he were in some sort of fantasy colouring book.

In other news - I'm off to my first ephemera show today! I'm really excited - it's about an hour away from where I live and until about a month ago I didn't know such things existed - I'm really stoked to go - hopefully I'll find some lovely things to share with all of my wonderful Followers!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Victrola/Grammaphone


I like this image so much I use it as an avatar in the craft forums I frequent. I've always wanted a real one - I just love how they look. Of course the hubby would say "There's no room!" and I would say "I'll make room!" haha

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Unknown Woman


This is another from my stash of my families old photographs - unlike a good portion of them, though - she was not named on the back of the photo, so I'm not sure who she is. To me she looks rather smart with an interesting dress on. She has a very simple small town elegance to her. I could see her likeness being used in many places :)

Mad Scientist


I like this guy because you don't see a lot of old photoographs featuring scientists - you could make some really cool mad scientist projects with this :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

To help you find your way - Steampunk inspired






The above first two are compass' and the bottom is a batter volt meter - you could definitely use these lovelies in a steampunk inspired project. 

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Modern Women


I'm not entirely sure of the story behind this picture, but I really liked the women in the hats and *gasp* pants! And again - I'm related to one of these ladies, though I couldn't tell you which one :P

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Dell and Jenny Vintage Photograph


All I know is that his name is Dell and her name is Jenny - this is another one from my own family tree and my stash of family photographs. I especially love Dell because he looks so delightfully nerdy - he's got a lot of character to him - and somehow, I'm related :)

Red Haired Cutie



This lovely lady is actually my great aunt Bernice when she was a girl - the red hair runs in the family!
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