Ephemera is a broad term used to describe items of paper that were created for use in a short time span and meant to be thrown away after one or two uses. Items generally put into the ephemera category of collecting would be sheet music, posters, stock certificates, post cards, cigarette cards, magazines, catalogs, and the like.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Vintage Postcards - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  It would have cost one cent to send this post card back in the day. 

I like the little angel with his glass of champagne!  The balloon post card was actually made in Germany for the Samuel Ward Company of Boston.  At first glance, the card has sort of a 1970's look to it. 

The little house in the woods card was printed in Germany too.  The four leaf clover on the second card denotes good luck for the coming year.  I wish you the best of luck in 2012.  My New Year's resolution is to publish more of Madeline's memories!

Here is a link to an Antiques Roadshow collection of Halloween postcards which details some good info on all vintage postcards.  I'm handling them more carefully now!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Vintage Christmas Postcards

Merry Christmas!

I'm taking a few minutes away from wrapping and baking to share some vintage Christmas postcards from Madeline's boxes of memories.  Please enjoy and have the merriest holiday ever and a very blessed and healthy new year. 

To view vintage Christmas cards, please look here.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Franklin Square House: Comments from a Reader

Last year I posted about Madeline's time at the Franklin Square House for Women in Boston.  You can revisit it here.  I recently received an email comment from Andrew whose great aunt also lived there.  He sent a wonderful pic of her and allowed me to share with you:

I was hunting down photos to add to a family history collection and came across your Madeline site. My great aunt Helen E. Zak (1900-1992) lived at the Franklin Square House starting in 1924 (she never married). I believe she was there at least 20 years. She latter moved to a women's hotel on the Fenway and then to her own apartment in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. She was from Turners Falls, Massachusetts.  As I recall, she told me that this was taken on the roof of the Franklin Square House when she first moved to Boston in 1924.

Thank you so much Andrew for sharing your great aunt's photo.  I love that others have heard stories about the Franklin Square House.  I received an email from a college student who was doing a paper on the FSH and said she was so happy to see the brochure that Madeline had saved.  I hope she received a good grade on the paper!  I also hope that others will share their memories as they read about Madeline's.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Vintage Wallpaper, Post 3

I'm cleaning my craft room and rediscovered all the wonderful old wallpaper samples.  Here are another group of these classics:

Adorable pink poodles for a baby's room

Subtle Americana

Bunnies, elephants, and a maypole!


Country quilt pattern

Ben Franklin and a history lesson.
What room would you put this in?!

A fantasy zoo

Perfect for a little girl

Sweet flowers

Hope you enjoyed these samples.  There will be a 4th post!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy

One of Madeline's many scrapbooks is dedicated to Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.  I recall her talking about their movies and what a handsome couple they were.  Her scrapbook starts out with a listing of their pictures:

There are many pages of newspaper clippings of the duo.  I have selected some highlights for your enjoyment:  (Click on pic to enlarge.)

He was rather a handsome guy!  She told me that they were in love but the studio discouraged their romance.  I would think it would be an asset and would sell more movies.  If you want to learn more about these two Hollywood stars, here is a good website to visit.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Open Invitation Ski Jumping Tournament

This brochure was quite a surprise!  I have a hard time picturing Madeline skiing.

I think she just came to watch, though.

The event was held on February 16, 1947.  She was married then so I'm not sure what she was doing here.

This is her handwriting!

It's nice to find something unexpected in her memories.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Movie Star Scrapbooks

I discovered a box full of Madeline's scrapbooks this past weekend.  I just picked out the top two which are both Movie Star Scrapbooks.  It was fun to look through and pick out which pages to show you.  Hope you enjoy the movie star history treat today!

Here is the second album:

If you are interested in seeing more of these scrapbooks, just google "movie star scrapbooks" and you will get quite a list to look at.  Also, check this webpage out.  Interesting!  I will post more of Madeline's scrapbooks in the future.