Thursday, December 31, 2009
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I would love to find antique game boards at a flea market or garage sale but the next best thing is having this book to look through. Excellent color reproductions.
I remember so many games under the Christmas tree when I was a child: Life, Sorry, Go to the Head of the Class, Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, Booby Trap, Thimble City...Here are some game card and board images I found through a Google image search. They're not very old or especially beautiful, but nostalgic nonetheless.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
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Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I found this paper doll card at a Hallmark store this week, and there's a lot packed into it: a decorative envelope, a paper doll, and a tree to decorate with stickers.
Add to all that the quirky appeal of a holiday bunny with a mouse for a friend...who says a bunny is just for Easter?
I love this envelope.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
A very artful expression from H.J. Seiler Company, apparently a catering company in Boston at that time (1920s). The formality of a business relationship in the tone, but a switch to something more: "Sincere greetings" between friends. Good business sense.
Vivid blues and reds still pop some 80 years later. And the Christmas stagecoach rides into view once more.
Monday, December 21, 2009
A fascinating card that offers a window onto how words and expressions change through the years. We often think of "sympathy" as a word that expresses grief and compassion for someone's loss, but here it's used in a totally different way. And yet true to its essential meaning, no? With a red ribbon, no less. This was signed on the back "Chester + Carrie, from Aunt Lillie." Printer's mark: Originality, Bromfield Publishers, Boston.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
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Friday, December 18, 2009
Cover art by Kathy Lawrence. Pure enchantment.
Kathy Lawrence, as many of you know, is the daughter of Queen Holden. See table of contents for articles by her and others (click image for readable size). Back page is an excellent Anna May Wong paper doll by Karen Reilly. You can subscribe here.
Charlotte and Charles Hadley chose well with this card: books, a fireplace, holly on the mantle, and a window seat with cushions looking out on a gentle snowfall...
This is actually a postcard that went through the mail, as you can see from the postmark smudge in the upper left. Many of the cards sent out to the Thorpes are thick and shaped like trade cards, not greeting cards that open. I wonder if people mostly visited and delivered the cards in person...
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Chester and Carrie Thorpe received this greeting from Lillian and Fred one Christmas in the late 1920s. The Thorpes lived on Locust Avenue in Lexington, Mass., and Chester kept a prodigious scrapbook c. 1925-27. I was lucky enough to find one of the books a few years ago in a N.J. antique store. Last year I posted a few cards from the Chester scrapbook, but there are many more.
Is there a more nostalgic holiday than Christmas? This card and many others reflect not life in the 1920s, but an earlier era. Here is a stagecoach, and people dressed in the attire of the mid-19th century, in front of a house evocative of the English countryside. Perhaps this all comes from Dickens and A Christmas Carol, so much a part of our holiday tradition.
I wonder what the Thorpes' reaction was to this card from Laura Woods. For one thing, the color is out of sync with the image, so it's not very pretty. For another, the message is a bit cranky: Ma is fussing, Pa is cussing, and I'm the one who has to send the cards out. Good grief! The paper peeking out at the bottom is part of the deteriorated scrapbook page. I didn't soak the cards off, the way the experts do -- I would've been too nervous for that. Chester Thorpe used rubber cement, and that held on pretty good even with the paper going brittle and brown. I simply lifted off what I could without doing too much damage.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
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Monday, December 14, 2009
Graphics Collectibles is selling original art from the Merrill archives. The 20 page catalog is $5. And I wouldn't have known about this but for Today's Inspiration, a blog devoted to illustrators of the 40s and 50s, that I've been following recently. Apparently Jean Woodcock acquired the Merrill archive a while ago, and wrote an article for Illustration Magazine about it (Issue #22, not the most recent one--I'm really playing catch up here!). Jean is, of course, the author of Paper Dolls of Famous Faces.