Vintage Ephemera Friday #009

Ephemera is defined as something that is not meant to last long– often paper goods. I find myself picking up matchbook covers, postcards, and old magazines at estate sales, flea markets, etc. I know that there are plenty others who dig this stuff too so I’ve decided to post a new piece every Friday as a series, “Vintage Ephemera Friday,” or #VEF on IG.

I encourage anyone else who reads this to also post cool old ephemeral goods (old papers, pins, magnets, pretty much all advertisement goods, whatever you like!) and post it with both “#VintageEphemeraFriday” and “#VEF” tags so in the future others can search through the collective finds.

For my 9th VEF post I’m showing a small vintage photo I purchased at a flea market. I remember the seller had bins and bins full of photos for $1 each and I liked this little photo. The woman, “Luella,” is yelling something (I’m guessing at the photographer?) through the screen door.

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I often find on older photos there is writing on the front, but older ones have it on the back– I’m guessing that changed when photos weren’t printed with a border? I wonder what she was saying…

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I also love her stripe top– still fashionable over 70 years later!

Please feel free to join in and post your vintage ephemera finds here or on IG on Fridays! #vintageephemerafriday #vef

Vintage Ephemera Friday #008

Ephemera is defined as something that is not meant to last long– often paper goods. I find myself picking up matchbook covers, postcards, and old magazines at estate sales, flea markets, etc. I know that there are plenty others who dig this stuff too so I’ve decided to post a new piece every Friday as a series, “Vintage Ephemera Friday,” or #VEF on IG.

I encourage anyone else who reads this to also post cool old ephemeral goods (old papers, pins, magnets, pretty much all advertisement goods, whatever you like!) and post it with both “#VintageEphemeraFriday” and “#VEF” tags so in the future others can search through the collective finds.

For my 8th VEF post I’m showing the matchbooks from the previous thrift post. I had mentioned how much I liked a shop called “Beyond the Ranch” in Oregon. They had a huge basket full of old matchbooks and they were priced at only .25 each! That is quite the deal to a California thrifter like me who usually finds matchbooks for $1 a piece. I was so excited by the deal that I pulled the basket up to the counter and started going through it and picked up $5 worth of books.

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I tend to pick out ones that have bright graphics, vegas hotels or restaurants, and food theme ones. While I am not a smoker, I do enjoy finding these old forms of advertising.

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I also dig the books with artwork from the locations– the pink tables and umbrellas are precious I wish I could visit!

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I also managed to pick up some from the same businesses. I love that Bishop’s is “fussier for you.”

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The books that have artwork across both sides are interesting finds, and so weird: I’ve always seen “Big Boy” from Bob’s Big Boy but apparently he’s also from Marc’s as well? I’m guessing it must be a regional find.

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I especially like the Franciscan book as you get an idea of what the restaurant looked like.

Please feel free to join in and post your vintage ephemera finds here or on IG on Fridays! #vintageephemerafriday #vef

Vintage Ephemera Friday #007

Ephemera is defined as something that is not meant to last long– often paper goods. I find myself picking up matchbook covers, postcards, and old magazines at estate sales, flea markets, etc. I know that there are plenty others who dig this stuff too so I’ve decided to post a new piece every Friday as a series, “Vintage Ephemera Friday,” or #VEF on IG.

I encourage anyone else who reads this to also post cool old ephemeral goods (old papers, pins, magnets, pretty much all advertisement goods, whatever you like!) and post it with both “#VintageEphemeraFriday” and “#VEF” tags so in the future others can search through the collective finds.

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I’ve always loved postcards and I used to have a goal of finding “Greetings From…” themed cards from each state. Due to their popularity, I’ve only come across 2 out in the wild (by wild I mean not searching for them to buy online). This Alaskan card is one of them. I love how each letter has a scene special from the state.

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It wasn’t used through the mail, but you can see the stamp space says it is a one cent stamp. With Alaska joining the union in 1959, I am a little confused on the timeline. I don’t know how many visitors were there before it became a state that would send out postcards. You will note that the card calls it a territory so it’s definitely pre-1959.

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Please feel free to join in and post your vintage ephemera finds here or on IG on Fridays! #vintageephemerafriday #vef

Vintage Ephemera Friday #006

Ephemera is defined as something that is not meant to last long– often paper goods. I find myself picking up matchbook covers, postcards, and old magazines at estate sales, flea markets, etc. I know that there are plenty others who dig this stuff too so I’ve decided to post a new piece every Friday as a series, “Vintage Ephemera Friday,” or #VEF on IG.

I encourage anyone else who reads this to also post cool old ephemeral goods (old papers, pins, magnets, pretty much all advertisement goods, whatever you like!) and post it with both “#VintageEphemeraFriday” and “#VEF” tags so in the future others can search through the collective finds.

I missed a couple weeks after taking a summer school course, but I’m back and here’s my 6th post. This is a bundle of matchbooks I picked up at an estate sale. There was a giant box of them, but they were $1 a piece, so I had to be a little picky!

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I love finding restaurant theme ones with beautiful graphics. How cute is that chili bowl building?

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I also really like the water nymph matchbook– it was probably a little risqué back in the day. It was printed on beautiful lavender card stock. & barbu-cated? what?! I love when they’re double sided with different graphics on each side. Do you collect matchbooks? I keep saving them for crafts, but I haven’t done anything with them yet!

Please feel free to join in and post your vintage ephemera finds here or on IG on Fridays! #vintageephemerafriday #vef

Vintage Ephemera Friday #005

Ephemera is defined as something that is not meant to last long– often paper goods. I find myself picking up matchbook covers, postcards, and old magazines at estate sales, flea markets, etc. I know that there are plenty others who dig this stuff too so I’ve decided to post a new piece every Friday as a series, “Vintage Ephemera Friday,” or #VEF on IG.

I encourage anyone else who reads this to also post cool old ephemeral goods (old papers, pins, magnets, pretty much all advertisement goods, whatever you like!) and post it with both “#VintageEphemeraFriday” and “#VEF” tags so in the future others can search through the collective finds.

For my fifth post, I’m posting a bit of trash. Well, the sellers at the estate sale thought it was trash. But I (and the previous owner) saw it differently. Mixed in with vintage sewing patterns was this rumpled bag from the shop, Ruggles.

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From what I have seen online, Ruggles was a shop inside the park. Since this bag is marked ‘Disneyland Hotel’ I’m guessing it came later. It was a china and fine goods shop. Searching “Ruggles Disneyland” will bring up some cute knick-knacks in an internet search.
I love the floral print, but I just really love that some crafty lady made an effort to keep the bag. I hope it brought her good memories of a Disney trip when she came across it in her craft supplies.

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Please feel free to join in and post your vintage ephemera finds here or on IG on Fridays! #vintageephemerafriday #vef

Vintage Ephemera Friday #004

Ephemera is defined as something that is not meant to last long– often paper goods. I find myself picking up matchbook covers, postcards, and old magazines at estate sales, flea markets, etc. I know that there are plenty others who dig this stuff too so I’ve decided to post a new piece every Friday as a series, “Vintage Ephemera Friday,” or #VEF on IG.
I encourage anyone else who reads this to also post cool old ephemeral goods (old papers, pins, magnets, pretty much all advertisement goods, whatever you like!) and post it with both “#VintageEphemeraFriday” and “#VEF” tags so in the future others can search through the collective finds.

For my fourth post, I have this small collection of vintage Wedding Shower cards. I don’t remember where I got these, I’m sure an estate sale. I just love all the graphics!

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These are small cards like you see with bouquets and the bride saved them all! The bride illustration is my favorite.

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The best part, she wrote down what the person gifted her on the back of the card! I know it’s common to keep a list when opening presents, but it’s neat to see a list from over 50 years ago.

Please feel free to join in and post your vintage ephemera finds here or on IG on Fridays! #vintageephemerafriday #vef

Vintage Ephemera Friday #003

Ephemera is defined as something that is not meant to last long– often paper goods. I find myself picking up matchbook covers, postcards, and old magazines at estate sales, flea markets, etc. I know that there are plenty others who dig this stuff too so I’ve decided to post a new piece every Friday as a series, “Vintage Ephemera Friday,” or #VEF on IG.
I encourage anyone else who reads this to also post cool old ephemeral goods (old papers, pins, magnets, pretty much all advertisement goods, whatever you like!) and post it with both “#VintageEphemeraFriday” and “#VEF” tags so in the future others can search through the collective finds.

For my third post I’d like to show a couple of vintage Holiday Inn postcards. Don’t these feel like my Cabana Bay post?

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I love the colors on the hotel building and I really miss the hotel/motel postcards of yesterday. With most travelers having easy access to social media it’s antiquated to send someone a postcard. It takes a lot more work than to make a post online. I still seek postcards out at flea markets and yard sales (I found these at an antique shop) and hope to see the mighty postcard have a comeback someday!

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I also like when hotel postcards also list the picture’s location on the back and are not just a general photo.

Please feel free to join in and post your vintage ephemera finds here or on IG on Fridays! #vintageephemerafriday #vef