I have something of an obsession with vintage ephemera. Tickets, letters, receipts, dance cards, souvenir maps, postcards. It came from learning how to do mixed media and incorporating little pieces of this or that into collages.
I don’t always have a project in mind when a bundle of mementos from days gone by speaks to me, but eventually an idea hits me and I get to use my collected treasures. Case in point–wait until I show you the vintage paper wall in my guest bedroom.
I don’t always manage to use all my paper though, so I have avoided antiques shops for quite a while so I won’t add any more ephemera (strange word) to what I already have.
Several years ago I found a pile of vintage Valentines. Some of them were the same age as those I would have shared with classmates in elementary school. I felt nostalgic remembering the shoe boxes we would decorate with red, white, and pink construction paper. We lined them up on the top shelf of the bookcase like mailboxes. Then we took care to label the envelopes and the back of the cards (To: From:). Sometimes we added suckers or conversation hearts. I loved it~
When my kids were in school, I have to admit, I was really disappointed by the choice of Valentines at the store. I liked the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Power Rangers as much as anybody, but they seemed weird on Valentines. I didn’t think they were nearly as nifty as the ones from when I was a kid so when I found these at the antiques store, I was pretty tickled. Some were much, much older than mine from the 70’s. The handwriting on the back reminded me of my older relatives’ handwriting on the back of family photographs and the names were to and from people named Edith, Roy, Junior, and Mabelle.
I used a few of the cards in paper crafting projects, but didn’t do anything with the rest. It finally occurred to me that I can share them so here are 15 that are pretty cute! I’m sure plenty of people would love to use these images for their own projects. They’re not all perfect and I didn’t alter them–just scanned them–so anyone who uses them can adjust them the way they like. Enjoy!
I hope you’re able to tidy these up with some photo editing tricks and do something terrific with them.