Saturday, March 27, 2010

Vintage Easter

I am joining Joan at her site Anything Goes Here for a Vintage Easter Party.  I will also add this to 2nd Time Around Tuesday at A picture is Worth a 1,000 Words.  Please click on the link and see what vintagey goodness everyone is sharing.  I have collected my vintage paper about 20 years ago.  Never did I realize how popular it was going to be today.  My husband says I have a knack for this trend stuff.  I'll let you be the judge, here are my Easter vintage postcards I collected a while ago. 
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In this postcard the colors are amazing.  
 The leaf and violet lifts up to say something underneath.  I try not to handle them too much so I'm not sure what it said .   The top has "Greetings" written in glitter and that is a real bow on the left, and the white trim is die-cut like lace.
Who doesn't love an old vintage bunny.  Looks like a few of his eggs hatched.
When I was in my 20's I embellished the next two cards with lace.  Yes, it was a no-no!  
They looked like they belonged to a setI just loved the black trim around them.
 Again, here is what not to do to your vintage paper.  The date on all of these ranges from 1910-1915.
This one isn't in very good shape but I love the little girl.

Now I have been promising Joan I would show her my prized paper find.   Again, with all the popularity of scrapbooking today did you ever wonder if any one did it say, over 100 years ago?  Well they did and this is what scrapbooking looked like in 1883.

Okay, there is always a great story to go with a find such as this.  Of course, I have one.  I was at an estate auction with a friend and they were going to bid on the contents of the attic.  Yes, if ever you see that listed in an auction go up to the attic and look around.  It will surprise you.  This one surprised us a lot.  Originally all that was to look to be of much value was some Saturday Evening Post magazines, valuable for those who collect their cover art.  Some Life magazines were up there to.  Major dusty up there not sure what else we were going to get into, but being the adventurous type I was all for bidding on it.  The contents of the attic went for $35.  I got this 1883 scrap book and a lot of the vintage Valentines I showed you at Joan's Vintage Valentine party.  You can see those here. 
So, here is some of the scrap book.  I won't put every page on here it would be a really long post.  But, I will try to show you the highlights.
This is the inside cover of the scrapbook.  This was given to a girl; Alma Blair, for Christmas 1883.  Those are her initials her middle name was with an M.  Victorian children, not having TV, or video games, were very into to collecting, trade cards from dry goods stores, pictures, from magazines, and calling cards.  They then organized and glued their collections  into these scrapbooks.
Here is some trade cards from a dry goods store.  You can click on any image and it will enlarge.
Detail of a little die-cut image in the corner of the scrapbook page.  The book is full of these.  has a nice article about these scrapbooks and it describes perfectly the collecting habit of the Victorians and their scrapbooks.  

Don't you love the children's faces?
This page has calling cards on it.  Evidently in polite Victorian society if you were to come to call on a friend you left your card.  Even if they were there.  It was a memento  from their visit. The owner of the scrapbook's calling card is in the top right.

More trade cards.

I love this.  We all know how girls love shoes right.  I guess that craze has been around awhile.  And, the scantily clad young lady in the top right would have been something in those days- showing her ankles.
 Fashion was important to women then also.
This one is neat.  A couple in love from seven, seventeen, and till seventy.


Baby Moses in the bottom picture with angels all around.

 This little girl is writing a letter to Santa.

 Love the cats, trade cards I think.

 These images with oversized heads are very neat also.

 There were also state and country collecting cards.  As true to the Victorian times, Alma arranged her scrapbook with like objects together.  It is a wonder to me this still exists.  Such a treasure from a  life lived so long ago. 
Please go over to Joan's Easter party and see what other vintage treasures bloggers have to share.


Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

I have only been to a couple of those auctions where you could buy a whole room. I once bought the contents on a room in an old 1880's barn. I thought my husband was going to kill me. But I, like you, love my OLD stuff.

I LOVE the scrapbook. I am so glad I got to see it. Just think how long ago 1883 is now!

The printing and color quality was at its zenith then! And now the colors are still bright and beautiful.

Thank you so much for sharing it with me and all the other party readers.

And thanks for joining me for the Vintage Easter blog hop. xo Joan@anythinggoeshere AKA your hostess

shirley said...

I love, love, love your scrapbook collection. What a wonderful find! I wish today was like Yester-year as the paper scraps were so awesome. Thank goodness paper was saved so we can drool over it today! I have only come across two scrapbooks to date and one that was really worth buying was not being sold as it was staying in the family. Oh how I wanted that so bad! Enjoy yours! Happy Easter Greetings!

Elaine said...

Oh my goodness, I just love looking at the Scrapbook pages.....what an incredible find!

Happy Easter,
Elaine :)

Jane said...

That scrapbook was an amazing find! I have seen a couple similar ones at antique stores but the price was no where near what you paid!!! Thanks for sharing all of the pages. It was a wonderful treat to see how ladies scrapbooked in 1883.

Mona Moore said...

What a fabulous scrapbook. Thanks for sharing.


Donna said...

I love the vintage religious postcards! Thanks for sharing! Donna

Tardevil said...

They're all pretty, but the top one of Jesus is gorgeous!

Debbie said...

Sounds like you got a great deal on the attic contents! I really like the violet card

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

That scrapbook is really nice and full of great German diecuts. Thanks for shareing your collection. Julian

Judi said...

Wow, what an amazing scrapbook! Lucky you, it's a real treasure and I enjoyed looking/drooling over all of the graphics! Happy Easter ~ Judi

~~Carol~~ said...

Victorian kids sure knew how to have good, clean fun! What an absolute goldmine that scrapbook is. The graphics are just amazing, and it's obvious that it's been taken well care of. I was out antiquing yesterday, and I saw two scrapbooks sold together for $39. It was very tempting, because both books were full of postcards and trading cards. I'll probably regret not buying them! Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous collection!
Happy Easter!

Marilyn said...

Violets are my flower! Love that card--can't wait until my violets are up and blooming. Thanks for sharing. ♥♫

Debbie said...

You got a great deal on the attic contents. And you have some stunning Easter cards, I especially like the one with violets

Dragonfly Treasure said...

What a lovely collection!
Happy Easter!

Sherrie said...

Thank you so much for sharing the scrapbook. When you think about the person and their time when they put it together, it really is amazing.

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

What a treasure(s)!! Thank you so much for going to all the trouble of sharing the lovelies, especially those inside the vintage "scrapbook"!! I truly enjoyed browsing through these images.

Suzie Button said...

Oh, WOW! How wonderful was that attic box?!! I live in Dallas, TX and I just don't come across ANY estate auctions like that! Maybe I'm not where you need to be to find them, I am home too much working! Oh, that book is a treasure trove! Lucky You! Happy Easter Hop! Suzie

Nook Cranny Gifts said...

Oh my gosh.................!!!!!
what a grand find. Your found scrapbook is so fantastic. For the money you paid that is quite the find.
thanks for sharing
happy spring

Monica@The White Bench said...

Hello Sherry,
WOW! What an amazing find!! I loved having a look, it's incredible how those precious scraps of paper made it safe and sound to your caring hands!
Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog too.
Happy Easter,

Me! said...

Oh, Wow! What a find! There is nothing else to say. Just, Wow!

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

I wanted you to know that I featured your post in my Favorites recap of the Vintage Easter Blog Hop. xo Joan@anythinggoeshere