Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Motherlode Of Adopted Dead Ancestors And Other Ephemera

So this past Weekend I hit the Motherlode of 'Adopted' Dead Ancestors and other assorted Ephemera from the 1800's thru 1930's, when a Picker Friend offered me more than half his Score for only Ten Bucks!   He knows I Love this kinda stuff and he's not that 'into' Ephemera himself, so he only kept the choice pieces he had particular interest in that he had Sourced from a single location.  He kept some Amazing Shooting Award Medals from the 1800's and some Beautiful Art Deco Ephemera that he planned to Sell at Auction that had been part of this Lot, I was Grateful he'd so Generously Shared in the Bounty he'd Found with me!

I do Love this kinda stuff, all my Picker Friends know it, so they often keep Eyes out for it, knowing that if they make me a Deal I can't refuse, I'll buy it off them.  It's great to have extra Eyes in the Field for the Treasures you particularly dig and I often return the Favor!  Ephemera makes up a considerable Collection that I usually Keep rather than Sell Off.  I don't mind amassing Smalls that don't take up a lot of Space and I have an affinity for.   There's just something about Old Photographs that I find particularly Appealing when you have an Appreciation for History and a Love of Old.   

You can see the Decor of the Era, what Locations looked like in the Past, the Architecture, Transportation, the Fashions, the Hairstyles... all frozen in Time.  For the Artists among us it is something you can draw endless Inspiration from when you're Creating your Art Forms, so it's Priceless in that regards.   I actually think that many of the Fashions of Yesteryear were so Classy, Fashionable and Elegant, people just dressed up more and had Swagger when they went out.  I recall looking even at Images of my Parents when they were Young and thinking, Wow, that's really Top Shelf Style right there!  My Parents were not wealthy people, but they had Swagger when it came to Style, especially Mom!

It wasn't just the affluent of Yesteryear that Enjoyed Fashion and Style, though to be sure the Socialites of various Eras had more to work with, the Average Citizen also had the benefit of Eras that just had Great Style abounding!   My particular favorites are the Fashions of the Roaring Twenties, think Gatsby and the Jazz Age of Style, it was very Sexy and quite Flattering no matter who wore it!   Most of these Images were Victorian Era, with some later Eras of the same Family for several Generations, it made me Wonder Why would someone discard all of their Family's Heirloom Images like that?!?   I feel rather Sad really when I come across discarded Family Photos, it's as if nobody in their lineage Cared enough anymore to Preserve their own History and Past Ancestors!

Yes, I do feel a Need to Rescue the really Good Images and Preserve them even tho' these are not our own Ancestors, because they are an integral part of History and Worthy of Preservation.  I particularly Enjoy when writing on the back identifies the subject matter, who, when, where.   Many of these Images did have provenance along with them so you could identify who these people were, where they were and what was being captured thru the Eye of the Lens.  I would Imagine, due to the Quality of many of the very early 1800's Images and how numerous they were of the same Family, that these were people of means.  I say that because Photography wasn't common nor inexpensive in the Past.

In fact, in my own Family, clear up until perhaps the late 1960's, my Parents didn't even own a Camera of their own and many Images were taken with Cameras belonging to someone else.  I don't remember us having the money to have a Professional Family Portrait done growing up, so none exist.  Of coarse by the 1970's the Technology had improved enough to bring prices down and the development of film became more affordable, but we still didn't take photos like nowadays, where it's easy and so cheap.   .

So I'd say for our Family at least, it wasn't until the 1980's that we really owned the equipment to be pathological picture takers and capture Moments more frequently thru the Eye of the Lens.  My Brother eventually became a Professional Photographer and is exceptional at this Art Form, he's Invested a lot for years in his Top Grade Equipment.   I wasn't able to Invest in a really Good Camera for many years even tho' I thoroughly Enjoy Photography, I just wasn't that Good at it to figure out the more complex better quality Cameras.  Now that we've entered the digital age of Photography and even our Phones have Killer Camera Quality, it's so much more effortless and cheap.

That said, our Society has become even more lax about the Preservation of the Imagery tho', few print out their Images anymore for Photo Albums, and I too am now guilty of that.   I keep all my Photo Memory Cards, and have my Archived Images Online, but I rarely print them out even tho' I've often Shared them extensively on Facebook and The Land Of Blog.   So I guess I shouldn't be too harsh on these folks Modern Relatives for not placing sufficient Value upon their Old Photos.  So as to Keep them and put them into Albums that will be handed down for more Generations.   Mebbe nobody would even look at them or Display them in their Home so they probably saw no point?

I've found with people there are two Camps... those that Display their Families Images in their Home... and those where it is conspicuous by it's very absence.  It is Curious to me Why that is, because those who Display pictures of the Family usually have a lot of them on Display and those who don't won't have even a single one to be seen anywhere.  Though they may have them stashed away Privately Cherished, I wouldn't know... or perhaps, like the Modern Relatives of all of these people, once the Images are Older, they just consider them Trash and discard them with no Emotional Attachment or sense of Nostalgia whatsoever?

I feel rather Honored to be able to Own any of the ones I've Collected and from what my Friend said who I bought them from, there is a resurgence to Collect Old Images because you can Profit from the Ownership of Vintage and Antique Imagery Online!   He went into great detail about how it is done, I doubt I'll go thru that much High Tech effort to Profit from my own Collections, but it is quite lucrative and actually it is something I might explore as a Passive Income Flow one day!?    Especially since The Young Prince Loves to Develop Websites and so it could be an Endeavor we could Create together one day, who knows?  *LOL*

For now anyway I just Enjoy them for what they are at the very Basic level of Collecting Ephemera for the Passion and Pleasure of it, with not so much emphasis on the potential Profit of it.   There was so much more than just Images, there were all kinds of Letters, Post Cards, Deeds, Frames, etcetera... with all of that Fabulous Penmanship you never see Today... and even a very large filled Photo Album from the Turn of the Century filled with Photos and Souvenirs like a Scrapbook!!!   I just J'Adore Antique Scrapbook Photo Albums!!!  So it was Wonderful to obtain one that had Newspaper Clippings, Souvenirs and Photos galore on almost every Page!

Most of the Titles and Deeds were from 1879 onwards... I just Love the Penmanship of Yesteryear, they wrote so Pretty and Precisely!!!   Many of the pieces were from Iowa and Arizona from the turn of the Century, it was Fun to see how much Arizona had changed since the Images had been taken of familiar places.  So clearly these were also a well Traveled Family since the Scrapbook was a Journal of many extensive Travels in the United States and abroad.  This also showed me this was a Family of considerable means during their time, they lived quite fully and got to do and see a LOT!!!  It also showed the many Vehicles they owned during an Era when few people owned Cars or Trucks. 

This Mrs. Keith attending many Events and kept numerous Place Cards from various ones, they are so Cute!  I can only Imagine how Fancy and Exclusive the Events were that Created such Artistic Place Settings for the Guests?!?  On the Canvas of my Imagination I liked to formulate what kind of an Event each was for each Place Setting?  Were they Dinners, Parties, Teas, Vacation Resorts, Soirees... all of the above... and Who else besides Mrs. Keith might have been in Attendance?

This is why I thoroughly Enjoy Collecting such things, the Imagination runs Wild about the Adventures of the people who Owned these originally and were an actual part of the History portrayed and Preserved in Photos, Letters, Albums...  You can get more of an Education reading an Old Ledger about the Time and Daily Lives of people than you ever could in History Books, because it's actual Personal Documentation as it was happening!   One of the things my Friend kept in fact was an Old Ledger of Expenses during the many Trips, it was Fascinating and showed what things used to Cost when you Traveled extensively and bought a lot!   We had a lot of Fun looking thru it together and comparing Today's prices to Yesteryear's!  *LOL*

The various Graphics I Enjoy just as much as the Images actually... many look hand drawn and perhaps even hand-made just for the Event?   I Wonder if they Commissioned an Artist or if the Hostess or Host drew them and had them reproduced?  Either way, I just Love all of the Art and that Mrs. Keith kept these throw-away items and Preserved them in her Scrapbook Album so that they still Exist.   Her Memories and now a part of History Preserved of her Era and Adventures.  Being Appreciated by people she never knew way into the Future and who aren't even related to her, which is kinda Special, since she thought enough of all of it to Keep it probably during her entire Lifetime?

Now onto what else I Scored during my Weekend Picks... this Stone Vase with an etching of Leaves, which will go in the Meditation Room Decor when that area of the house is finished.   And excuse my dirty fingernails... I had been tirelessly working in the Hoarded Garages Today and got pretty grungy... so while I was putting away the newly Sourced items I was not yet cleaned up for the rest of the day!  *LOL*   Don't you find that you get absolutely filthy when you're Cleaning up Storage Areas of your Home?!?   Of coarse in the Hoarded Garages most of that Storage has now been sitting for just over three years in a Space opened up to the Elements off and on, so it's no wonder it's dusty and dirty now!  

And I Sourced this Amazing large Wooden Vase that will also be Meditation Room bound eventually with large leaves or branches Displayed it in.   I Plan to have a lot of Natural Elements in the Meditation Room's Decor.

And this pair of Asian Sculpture Busts of a Man and Woman were in horrible condition, some Child had used Magic Markers and Crayons to color all over them so I got them really Cheap.   I bought some inexpensive Cement Colored spray paint and since they're textured Plaster they now look like Cement or Stone Sculptures.   Yes, they too will be Meditation Room bound eventually.  Of coarse when I get around to Styling that Room whatever doesn't 'Go' in there will be Sold Off instead if it doesn't end up suiting the Vision I have for the Space.

And last but not least I have a Vintage Westinghouse Art Deco Base Fan that is so Fresh from the Farm that it is absolutely filthy so The Man will have to clean it for me, it will be Showroom bound once it's cleaned up.   I also have a larger Vintage Fan that a Friend gave me to repair and then Sell, so it's back together and will be joining this one at the Antique Mall sometime this Week.   So... that was the Scores of the Weekend... pretty big Haul, I was totally Jazzed about it and hardly spent any money at all Sourcing it... and dont'cha just Love those Bargain Hauls BEST?!?!??!!


Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian


  1. Ah, vintage photographs. I have inherited 5 families photographs, my husband at least 4 generations. And, I confess I have to be in the 'mood' to deal with them. Perhaps that's the problem with people dealing with them. Either they have too close a connection to the images, or none at all.

    Yours are lovely, and they look like lovely people, and who knows, I believe in serendipity and what makes a home with you--is simply destined to.
    Lovely post---and the fan is such a find. Now, people don't even know the Westinghouse brand, like we did growing up. Sandi

    1. Some of us Oldtimers were laughing about how unsafety conscious everything was back in da day, perhaps we just knew better than to stick our hands in dangerous places, I dunno? *LMAO*

  2. Pretty projects,Thank you for the tutorial and for sharing !



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