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Archive for the ‘things old’ Category

awesome 70’s mom + popcorn boy

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

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love this one

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

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From a birthday book I’ve been working on all week. I love this image.


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simple, vintage

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

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These 1960’s prom programs are going in a life history book we’re working on right now. I totally love them. The colors, the typefaces, the ample white space, the yellowed paper. So simple but beautiful.

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does anyone else remember these?

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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Old-fashioned savings accounts.

Mine wasn’t so yellowed and wonderfully old-fashioned as this (my great grandparent’s) but my first savings account was recorded in one of these passport-like booklets.

A far cry from online banking! I showed this to my younger cousin who didn’t even know what it was…

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holy toledo

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Toledo* the paper cutter is back in action. The darn thing wasn’t cutting straight and was making me crazy.

But thanks to a patient engineering brain (my kind neighbor Don) and a magic box of bolts (from my tool-collecting neighbor Chuck) it is now aligned, calibrated, and back to its true cutting form. Yay!

This means you’ll see finished photo accordion books soon!

toledo the paper cutter 

magic box of bolts 

*A bit of back story. Toledo was named for the small town where I found him – Toledo, Washington. He had spent 20 years in a barn on a tree farm, and before that who knows how long in Toledo High School’s printing classroom. He was refurbished by some kind people in the Budweiser hydroplane shop (in case you’re wondering how he came to be Budweiser red) and weighs in at 500 pounds or so.

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doing the dirty work, tracking down family history

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

grammy grave rubbing 

I love this photo of my grammy I recently received from a cousin. She is grave rubbing – tracking down family information the good old fashioned way. (pre-internet!)

You go grammy.

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my grammy

Monday, March 10th, 2008

I love this little filmstrip of my great grandmother.

grammy filmstrip 

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handy old wedding book

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

My mom dug out this funny little wedding book of hers last summer right before Steven and I got married. It was a promotional book for Frederick & Nelson department store with all sorts of (now hilariously outdated) advice about trousseaus, proper invitation etiquette, preparing for your first home, etc.

But at the very back of the book is a gem. It’s called The Bride’s Gift Record, and it’s where my parents recorded all the wedding gifts they received in 1966.

bride's gift record - my parent's pages 

bride's gift record - my parent's pages 

As it turns out, there were some extra pages. So naturally, we used them! Not only was it incredibly helpful to track our gift information all in one place, but it also has turned into this great little heirloom.

bride's gift record - our pages 

And yes, there are a few pages left for another generation.

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flea market find

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

A great – and I mean GREAT – flea market find via the new Ruby Press blog. This little “framed” photo is the size of a playing card!

photo from ruby press blog 

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our weekend find

Monday, February 25th, 2008

1953 seattle times - as we found it Yesterday my uncle found this crumpled up real estate section of the newspaper from 1953. It was stashed under a corner of the Little House – the little family cottage where my husband and I currently live.

Was it for insulation? Who knows. But check out these prices…

A view house for $12,650! A week’s stay at a hotel for $7! A down payment for $495! Oh, why weren’t we born 60 years earlier.

But as my 90-year old grandmother kindly reminded us, that was a lot of money back then.

1953 seattle times - as we found it 

1953 seattle times - house ad 

1953 seattle times - hotel ad 

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