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.

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.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Madeline's Husband and High School

Madeline's husband Archer attended Watertown Senior High School in Watertown, MA.  Yesterday I found some of his high school memories in a box.  Here is his class photo, sadly it is not dated.

Archer is in the middle of the first row.

I found two dance cards, complete with attached pencils.

Lots of fox trots!

Here is another dance card from 1934.  The cover is black with green printing, but the scanned image came out just black.  You'll have to use your imagination.

More fox trots, but I love that he saved the last dance for "Mother"!

I checked on Ebay and they have a few dance cards from this era offered for around $25!

One other item pertaining to Archer was in this box, but it is not high school related.  It is a business card for the family business, which was renting chairs for events.  I love the idea and the card so wanted to share with you.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Vintage Wallpaper, Part II

It's been a long time since I first posted about the vintage wallpaper sample books we found in Madeline's attic.  You can revisit that post here.  Last night as I was reading my latest issue of "Country Living" I came across an article about a designer who uses vintage wallpaper to cover light-switch plates, lamp shades, tissue boxes, and more.  If you would like to see her work, here's the link.  Beautiful items! 

The article reminded me that I needed to dig the sample books out of the garage and show you more of the old wallpaper.  Here are 16 pages to inspire you:

This almost looks like Christmas paper.

The same pattern in brown.  Maybe for a fun powder room?

A cheerful pattern for your kitchen!

Or maybe your kitchen is yellow.

Or maybe purple?  If so, more power to you!

Another kitchen design.

Same pattern, different hue.

How about some fruit for your kitchen?

Fruits in blue.

How about some flowers for your bedroom.

Here's some fish for your bathroom.

The same fish in black--very cool!

I love the fake wood background on this one.  Remember when ivy was so big in the 80's?

Here's a nice farm scene.  I think it says Pleasant Valley Farm.

A nice image of days gone by.  I can picture this in a restaurant dining room.

I hope you enjoyed this peek inside the sample books.  I need to get creative with the pages like Nicole Lewis from Fondue Vintage Homewares.