Too hot to do work in most of the house today. Our windows will be (hopefully!) fixed soon and we will have some ventilation. Until then, we hunker down next to the A/C and keep taking inventory.
I have been nervous about handling the historical paper. The house's dirt and dust have discouraged me...I don't want to ruin anything. Even the word for some of these paper items--ephemera--means "something that doesn't last, something that is transitory in time." But I don't want to be responsible for rushing it to an earlier demise! On the other hand, I've wanted to look around for ideas for Rubber Trouble at Slumberland.
Vintage advertising is fun for this. Art Deco, Art Nouveau...a lot of designs might look good as stamps! (Wendi would know more about what makes a good candidate...) A short stack of Harper's Bazaar magazines from the 20's and 30's looked like a good place to start.
Sorry about the flash on the photo. Taking pictures in the wee hours of the night doesn't leave you with many options.
I noticed that these early covers are attributed to an artist...in fact, even the covers of travel brochures name the artist. Erte, Benigni and Barbier, all of whom are famous for Art Deco fashion drawings.
Here are some other very pretty covers. I'm looking at these in a new light now...as frame-worthy art.
And then, there is the, um, not so "art"...like this decoupage.
Or this "fake painting" on cardboard that, I think, used to be in my orthodontist's office in the 1970's.
The most poignant moment of the day, though, came when I went to look up "Mount Lowe, California" where all of these postcards came from:
I found out that Mount Lowe's Lodge and other attractions have been in ruins since the 1930's.
Which makes me wonder. If ephemera describes "something that is transitory in time", what if the paper outlasts...us?
Sorry for the melancholy sentiment. It's late and the windchime next door is blowing and I need to go to bed...