Friday, May 31, 2013

Lists lists and more lists, I got to start writing things down Organization is my goal.

Today I went through my clutter, well actually bins of stuff.  I found my clip board, notepads, scraps of paper etc and a few pens.  So I put a tablet in each room, the clipboard by my recliner with an attached pencil.  I seem to be able to write grocery lists so maybe it will work for all my other activities.  I know you are suppose to put away every item in its proper place after you use it.  It is time for bed and hopefully I will write a list in the morning.

But wait there is a big Lions club Flea Market at the Fairgrounds.  Hmm just more clutter, but maybe I will find something good like postcards.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Cat Postcard by Rotograph Co New York and my cute kitty

Please don't scold! 1906 postcard
This postcard was printed by the Rotograph Co N.Y.
There is a website that I just discovered about Rotograph postcards.  Here is the link.

And here is my kitten.

What is he saying?  He needs a name.  Any suggestions?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Dating a Real Photo Postcard and other tidbits.

You can date this RPPC (real photo postcard) by studying the stamp box.  This will not work if the postcard has been mailed and the stamp box is covered.  This particular postcard is an AZO postcard produced by Eastman Kodak.  They had many styles of stamp boxes.  The triangles, diamonds indicate years of printing.  4 Triangles pointing up (corners) helps you date the card which is from 1904 to 1918.

This postcard also uses the mask system where a template is placed on top of the photo.  I am not sure how they got the fuzzy edges.
The Post Office did require a few rules as to the printing of these personal family postcards.  You had to have the words Post Card printed on message side, no specific rule on style of lettering or size so you do see some interesting letters.  Also required were the words Correspondence Here and Address Here.

Fashion helps indicate the date of a postcard.  I have observed in this postcard 3 ladies dressed quite nicely but the man appears to be wearing an apron.  That could call for many conclusions.  Maybe it is a family outing and the brother is doing the cooking.

I got this information from Real Photo Postcards KwikGuide by Gary W. Clark

Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day

Hoping your day is special with parades, BBQ's, family gatherings.  Thank you to our men and women who have served the United States in all branches of the service.  This goes for  those serving today here at home and overseas.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Vintage Buttons on computer generated cards

Just a pastime hobby, sewing vintage buttons onto tags, cards any shape I can come up with.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Card Making using old Photographs

Making a copy of an old photograph is great for craft projects, card making and scrapbooking.  Scan photos from old RPPC postcards.
This postcard of a family photo would make a great card.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Our kittens are so cute, but not as mischievous as the Mainzer Postcard Cats

Mother cat is a calico cat too but her name is Spotty.  The kitten in this photo is called  Callie.

He has the cutest black and white face.  No name yet.  Any suggestions?
I shared this postcard before but I just love all the action.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Dog Grooming, Shopping and enjoying the goodies at home.

Yesterday was Gardening Day, today was Shopping Day.  First my husband and I  dropped off Joey at PetSmart for his bath.  How can I shop first without stopping at the Credit Union, on to Costco for a few items, then to Target for pet supplies.  Then shopping for me...3 magazines from Barnes and Nobles, Somerset Life, Mary Jane's Farm and ShopSmart.  Right across the street was Hobby Lobby where I found the sale table and bought a small blank scrapbook and some blank cards and envelopes ready to decorate.

While we were eating at Sonic I got the call that Joey was ready.  Joey needed a walk so he got his exercise after I went to Starbucks and at last to an antique mall.  There were some boxes of postcards but nothing good to sell on eBay.  The best part about shopping is relaxing at home going through your bag of goodies.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Gardening Day

 Need to get outside today.  It is a good idea to take a break from all things electronic.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Improved Perforated Bellodonna Plaster - Trade Card Advertisement

This is a trade card for Improved Perforated Bellodonna Plaster.  It is the cures for many illnesses.  The front of the card has a charming illustration of 3 children, 2 girls and a boy.  Love the girls bonnets, aprons and Mary Jane style of shoes.

  Mitchell was born in 1837 and is the PIONEER OF PLASTER

Made at Novelty Plaster Works in Lowell, Mass at 25 cents and sold at drug stores everywhere.  The bust of the man is of Mitchell and photo was done in 1864.  I would guess this trade card is from 1870 to 1890.
Back of the trade card.t
Front of the card

Friday, May 17, 2013

Mustached man on Cabinet Card plus other stuff

Show and Tell Friday, Love his slicked down parted hair and big mustache.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Happy Home Needle Book - with needles and threader

Perfect for travel, pop into your purse, place in Glove Compartment, store in your RV

This vintage Sewing Item is available for purchase on eBay. Click here

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Coca Cola No Drip Dry Protector Sleeve

These paper sleeves were attached to Coca Cola Vending machines in the 1930's.  They were slipped over a bottle of Coke to keep your hands dry.  No drips, no wet bottle.  They protected your hands from get cold and wet.

On eBay Click Here

Friday, May 10, 2013

I suddenly like golf!

With all the golf tournaments on television I have found them quite exciting.  I now am Golf

Monday, May 6, 2013

National Postcard Week May 5 to May 11

If you go to Twitter and type in National Postcard Week you will find links to wonderful web pages..blogs etc.  Maybe I will make a postcard for the occasion the next few days.  So it is......

NATIONAL POSTCARD WEEK !  Send a postcard to a friend.

One of my favorite Kewpie postcards

Sunday, May 5, 2013

RPPC Postcard Lady of the 1930's or 1940's AZO stamp box

Postcards were popular with families.  They had photos taken and turned into postcards.  Usually the people are not identified and you do not have a clue who the person is.  The cabinet cards shared on previous posts show fashionable ladies.  This lady probably lives on a farm and works hard.  Why the picture is so small I don't know.  If it is a real photo postcard you can date them by the stamp box.

This stamp box reads AZO with squares in the corner and the words PLACE STAMP HERE.  On a chart this indicates the lady lived between 1924 and 1949 when these types of cards were printed. This link can useful dating photo postcards

Best used for unmailed postcard as a stamp would cover up the box. Sorry picture is hard to read.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Unique Photo sizes and Frames - Carre Card (cabinet card era)

The Carre Card -  A type of Cabinet Card measuring 3 inches by 3 inches used in a DIAMOND formation.  The woman photographed here is Margaret Eggleton Shaw.

 It also states on the back that it is a Carre Card and taken at the Rembrandt Gallery, 86 Bank St. Waterbury Connecticut.

I could not find Margaret's name online or any information about the Rembrandt Gallery.  I did read that there is a Banks Street Historic District in Waterbury Conn.  There are 4 attached commercial buildings still standing that were built in the late 1800's but the address is 207 - 231 Banks Street while the Rembrandt Gallery was at 86 Banks Street.
In the 1890's women piled their hair into buns, maybe one is hidden under her hat.  Balloon type sleeves were also popular.  
(I recommend 19th century Card Photos Kwik Guide by Gary W. Clark.)  You can learn a lot about cabinet cards and other type photographs.

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