Friday, August 19, 2011

Write it on your heart . . .

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is something about vintage albums, scrapbooks and paper that makes my nostalgic soul stir.

When I go to estate sales, I love to seek out vintage pictures, albums, books and ephemera.
One such album was laying sideways on a shelf, binding dilapidated and falling apart.

Looking at the detail on the outside, I was hopeful about the treasure that might lie within.

Wondering how old this book must be, I flipped to the next page and saw this . . .

Copyrighted 1883. . . .wow.

This book did not disappoint.
The most gorgeous fonts and graphics throughout - a vintage ephemera junkie's dream.

Look at the detail on the "P" in the word "Presented".
A minature piece of artwork tell the tale of times past.

Nancy, o' keeper and protector of the ancestors,  I thought of you when I saw this page.
A simple title and a sheet filled with lines to record ones ancestors.
I wish the family had made some record of the people within their family.

There were several wonderful photographs pasted over incredible graphics.
Some looked to be victorian era, some late 40's.


A pristine and luxurious marriage certificate.

In addition to the intricately styled titles, quotes spouting poetry and pearls of wisdom were sometimes included on the page.

A family record lithograph.

Here is a closeup of the amazing color and graphics.
{I promise I didn't drool on it, well . . . maybe not much}

Sprinkled in were a few more random pictures.
I can only guess that maybe these were two brothers of one proud mama.

In the very back were frames which could be used for larger photographs.
I think these are begging for some sort of mixed media alteration, don't you think?

This set of frames was my favorite!
The page behind it was pasted with quirky antecdotes and poems clipped from newspapers.
I am thinking of pasting the two pages together because the backdrop seems perfect to me.

Thanks for stopping by sweet sugahs {and fellow ephemera junkies! ;) }
xo's ~ Heidi


Sarah said...

What an amazing find!!!! I am jealous!

The Sparkly Fairy said...

wow! how gorgeous!

Nancy Maxwell James said...

what a fantastic find! I would go crazy at the sales you find down there. I don't think we have the wonderful treasures you do up here in Michigan (or maybe they are being kept secret from me)! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

Pin ya later! hee hee!

The Plum Tree said...

Wow, what a great find, I just love how much detail went into everything that was made long ago.

Heather - Speckled Egg said...

What a fabulous find! Lucky duck!

Andrea said...

Love, love this!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

what a treasure ... I wouldn't have passed it up either !