I finally made it back for the giveaway. I've been so quiet really here in this space that there will probably be very good odds for this giveaway as not too many people may be reading at this point.
First a little about these cards. England has a lot of little places tucked away that really haven't changed much since the 1950's, so the whole vintage thing is easy to fix up around here. In Taunton there is a place that definitely hasn't changed at all in decades, it's a stamp shop creatively names "The Taunton Stamp Shop" and you'll find it along the road on the way to the station. I'd give you a link to it's website but there were no websites in the 1950's.
If you go there, admire the rows and rows of built in drawers with old lucite handles and paper ephemera from floor to ceiling. It may not look like much to most people but I'm guessing if you are a reader of this blog you'd appreciate it too.
While there I came across packs of postcards. They were odd assortments; many very old some as new as 1960's, all interesting in some way but deemed of low value for real collectors so they were bundled and sealed and priced to go. I bought a few packs not knowing what was inside, seeing only the card on top –a real pot luck. When I got them home I studied every one of them, I couldn't put them down.
Reading the short messages are like snapshots from the lives of strangers. Among them was a card to a child at Great Ormond Street hospital from her Granny and Grandad. Many of the cards were giving notice of upcoming visits, sent long before everyone had phones in their homes. And I found it funny that two themes were very common on most cards, themes most modern postcards might have today, a description of the weather and apologies for having little time to write (actually these topics would now most likely be sent in the form of text messages).
I've chosen 15 or 20 of my favourite postcards (I haven't counted them). The cards I chose either have nice type styles, lovely images on the fronts, pretty handwriting in the message or they are simply quirky. A few have no messages at all and can still be sent with your own note.
Also, a largish matchbox full of old stamps. Though I was in a stamp shop, I bought no stamps, I already have loads of old stamps bought from good boot fairs in the past, even though lots were used with my classes making projects like these.
I hand picked many of the stamps for beautiful art, nature themes, vivid colours and lovely design. A small assortment were just grabbed and tossed in, but I'm sure those will hold gems too. As I studied the stamps I realized creating artwork for a such a small format is a real art in itself. I think most of my favourites are those from Morocco, they have a very Casablancan look.
This giveaway will appeal to those who love paper projects, mixed media, paper stitching or even a to a philatelist.
If you'd like this little gift simply leave a comment on this post about post. I will choose a winner next Friday, the 21st and I will post anywhere.
EDIT: I'll also need your email address in case you win, thanks.
Hope you have a ripping weekend!
P.S. Ripping is my new favourite adjective, I found it on many of the postcards.