Sunday, December 25, 2016

Ugly Sweater Cookie. Merry Christmas

It is pretty ugly.  This was a pre made cookie in  kit from Traders Joe.  All I had to do was frost it (in kit) and add sprinkles.  Then I ate it. MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

An early Christmas Present part of a Facebook Group Christmas exchange

I got 2 postcards as part of a Christmas exchange along with handmade kitchen towel and other goodies. Thanks Danielle.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Flying Kewpies Postcards to make into a Holiday Ornament 1970s Rose O'Neill

To make the Flying Kewpies, first cut out both back and front views carefully.  Just before you paste the back and  front together, place the end of a string between the front and the back of the head.  Put a weight on the Kewpie to keep him flat, and when he is dry you can hang him up by his string from the chandelier,  and play he is flying.  Hang the Flying Kewpie by their loops from the twigs of your Christmas Tree.
These Kewpie Postcards are reproductions of Rose O'Neill and produced by the Drays of Savannah MO. There were a series of 12 designs and published in the 1970's  as the cards listed here.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Shared Postcard for October 21, 1916

McIntosh South Dakota Main Street showing businesses of 1911.
The only way this town is identified is that someone wrote McIntosh S D on back.


Monday, October 10, 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Why does Santa Claus enter by the chimney?

Santa Claus entering homes by Chimney is part of a European tradition.  The hearth is a sacred place because it use to be a central place for fairies and elves to enter.  It was added to American tradition with the poem "A Visit from St Nick."  Red seems to be the popular color but early Santa's wore robes of all color, as blue is popular.  

The back of these two trade cards.  

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Putting up Wall paper. Philadelphia Trade Card

This is a nice size for an advertising Trade Card
J.C. Finn & Son, Dealers in Fine Paper Hangings.  Cor 10th & Walnut Sts. Philadelphia .
It shows that a girl can apply the glue and be a Paper Hanger.  Nice details in with very large vase, a scissors and a bucket with rolls of wallpaper.

Monday, September 19, 2016

When I read a magazine I also have paper and pencil to TAKE NOTE

I was reading a copy of Better Homes and Garden and discovered phrases that would make good titles, or descriptions for some of the photographs I take.  So right now I went around the house taking pictures of things that might match those phrases.  It is good exercise to get outside even if it is 98 degrees.  Now I take notes when reading any magazines.  Good practice for using SEO and writing titles and descriptions for Online Selling.


                                                                TRY SOMETHING NEW





Monday, September 12, 2016

Halloween Fabric Giveaway Ends Sept 13 and shared Halloween postcard

Want to win some Halloween fabric.  Go to this link to enter.
Here is a Halloween postcard I just got.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

J P Coats Advertising Trade Cards 6 cord thread on spools

Love these happy girls surrounded by flowers.  Frames their faces.

J P Coats advertised their six cord thread on many Trade Cards.
Available on Ebay.  To bid Click here

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fall is on the way, and I can hardly wait and new Trade Cards soon

It is finally getting to the low 60's at night here in California with low 90's during the day.  In fact it will be 89 today.  Yea.  I have been doing a little embroidery but not too much.  I have been shopping on different auction sites (independent houses not ebay or amazon) for more advertising trade cards.  They have been selling very well for me and I have several auctions coming up.  They seem to sell better then postcards.  Here are a few that I like.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Back to School Reward of Merit Trade Card

I thought this early piece of ephemera was appropriate for the time of year  BACK TO SCHOOL.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Is Marriage a Failure? Check out to see what these women answer. Advertising Trade Card

It will be unless you allow us to buy our Dry Goods of Atwater-Burnside Co. De Kalb Ill.

Now listed on auction on Ebay.  Bid Now

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

MA-LE-NA Ointment for the skin.....early trade card from Pennsylvania

Many of the trade cards you find that are over 100 years old are not in great shape..  But even with dings, nicks and creases they are still charming and very collectible.  One thing though, is often the pictures do not have anything to do with the product.  This large trade card has 3 darling girls on the front which maybe has nothing to do with skin ointments.  But I love the detail of this artistic rendition of these young girls.  Sometimes it is hard to tell if it is an actual photo or a painting.

The bonnets, caps are fluffy and tied under the chin with a bow.  What caught my eye was the lace covers over the shoulders.  So this is a great trade card even though it is well worn.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Busy with Ebay doing so well for me

Acquiring Trade Cards of great interest every week or two.  Along with a few postal history covers and postcards.  Typing away as I sit by the water cooler.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Trade Card using Globes in their advertisement

Globes (or world images) are popular  with Trade Card Collectors.  This is a folded 2 panel card with a globe and reaching hands.  On the back is advertisements for Office Supplies and for beds and other furnishings.  I acquired many interesting Vintage Trade Cards which I am listing daily on Ebay

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Tips for visiting towns full of Antique shops

Tips for Any Town

1) Find Main Street: Yes, row of shops, restaurants and locally-owned businesses still exist in many of America’s and often includes at least one great antique shop to peruse.
2) Look for Flea Market Fliers: When you’re at the grocery store stocking up on s’mores supplies, bug spray and sunscreen keep an eye out for local fliers that could clue you in on some prime antiquing finds. Don’t rule out street fairs and even the county fair itself for antiquing goodness.
3) Keep an Eye Out For Estate Sales: You not only get to search for keepsakes, but you’ll also get a truly insider take on how the residents make their home.
4) Ask the Locals: If you find a spot that has some good pieces, don’t be afraid to ask the purveyor where else you might find similar goods.
5) Experience a Live Auction: There’s nothing quite like the rush of a live auction; the auctioneer’s singsong voice, the thrill of placing your bid, and the adrenaline rush of winning a prized item. Can't make it in person, but still want to bid on the go? Download Invaluable's app for iPhone or iPad and stay up to date on sales around the world.
For a new auction site visit  They provided the above tips.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Post Office - San Francisco CA Vintage Postcard

Here is a link about old Photographs and Postcards of San Francisco.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sharing photos on a quiet Sunday

I am sure neglecting my blog! I just can't think of a lot to share.  I have been spending time listing on ebay and doing a little hand embroidery.  My hips and legs are a little sore so I have to take many breaks.  I have been sitting too much and am a little weak.  I have finished my Breast Cancer treatment except for a daily pill.  To get myself outside I went to Rite Aid twice for plants and put outside a plastic shelf for potted plants. Petunias, herbs and marigolds.  I will have to take a picture.  I think now I will look at my photos and share a few.
Greetings from Lincoln Nebr

Under garments from the 1930's - 1940s

                                             Large Plastic Buttons Shell and pearl. I cannot
                                            imagine buttoning up your clothes with these.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Montana Postal History Covers late 1800s. Twin Bridges Postmark State Orphan Home

The Montana State Orphan's Asylum was established by the 1893 legislature for the "care and education of orphans, foundlings, and destitute children". The Asylum was governed by a board of five trustees, who were empowered to select a suitable site at Twin Bridges, to adopt rules for the governance of the home, and to hire a superintendent and a matron. The superintendent would, in turn, hire nurses, attendants, and others. The trustees were also authorized to establish schools and vocational training shops.
Any child under the age of 12 was eligible for admission, and children 12 and over if it was deemed advisable by the Board. When the Board determined it was suitable, children could be placed in private homes. Over the years, a large percentage of children at the home were not orphans, but were children who for a variety of reasons could not be cared for by their parents.
In 1959 the home was renamed the Montana Children's Center. The Center closed in 1979.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

What are you up to today? Just enjoying looking at my ephemera.

A quiet Sunday
Cars for sale Butte Montana

Top of the Mountain Colorado

Leather postcard 1911, quite popular for that era.

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