I’ve always been an opportunistic shopper. I can take any errand or trip and turn it into a vintage treasure hunt. Last week I had the good fortune to travel a bit west to the little town where my father was born and raised for a small family get-together. That was delightful, and the party broke up in time for me to make a few stops on the way home. It was one of those times when there was plenty to look at, especially in the way of interesting graphics.
I loved the girl in the advertising poster seen above. It’s enough to make me want to use Campana’s Italian Balm.
The framed piece above is about two feet long. The photos are from an excursion to Dartmouth River, Gaspe, Canada.
Here’s the ideal from about the same period of time. I think the real woman in the cabin doorway more than holds her own against the idealized woman in the drawing.
Okay, I know it’s not fashion, but I could not resist photographing this cheery flock from the 1970s. The artist is Japanese and I could not decipher the name.
I always notice pictures that contain dogs, but what I found to be interesting about this print was the subtitle of the work:
“Love me Love my dog.” Having just had the anachronisms of Downton Abbey on my mind, I was really surprised to find that phrase on a print dated 1848. But a bit of online reading revealed that actually the phrase is quite old, being attributed to St. Bernard who died in 1153. Of course, he said it in Latin.
Of course I loved this fourth grade health text book from 1935. The frontpiece:
The little girl’s coat is so similar to a Pendleton coat in my collection, one that Pendleton reproduced last fall (and is now on sale for an amazing price). But it also reminded me of a Hudson’s Bay blanket jacket. I was pretty happy to run across the very thing just down the road a bit.
And I’ve got one more photo to end this little walk through the antique malls of western North Carolina.
This is a booth in an antiques, seriously, it is.