I remember reading about little girls of long ago, before the days of excessive toys or anything electronic. They would cut “paper dolls” from leftover catalogs and magazines given to them by their mothers. That was their fun!
Recently I came across an old magazine from 1907. When I opened it up, I was delighted! There inside was a stack of cut-out paper dolls. Babies. Bonnets. Ladies. Parasols. Rugs. Hats. Horses. Buggies.
I wonder what little girl cut these out. It looks like she even colored a few of her own! So sweet! Enjoy.
My sweetie has been so good to back me up and take care of me. I was planning last week to get into what will be my art studio and do some cleaning. It is a stick-built workshop that is now my happy place. I was going to just make it tolerable, for now. Enter Jason. Shopvac, blower, pressure washer, paint. Oh my.
I want to share a really cool story. You know I occasionally buy old photos for the shop. Recently I acquired a stack of photos that included quite a few from the mid to late 1800s. As I went through the stack I noticed that some photos had the same photographer’s logo. I began to put those to the side. Fortunately, some of these had writing on the backs. A little Google work and my Ancestry.com account connected me to one man related to TWO of these students. You see, these are all classmates from the 1868 class of Miami University. It was the sweet words written about A.L McLain on the back of his photo that unlocked the Miami University mystery.
Joseph Matthews Hibben; Dr. James Lafonts McLain; Alvan Leander McLain (died young of consumption); George Robinson; Daniel Addison McMillan; ? Brown; Federick J Picard; James Clinton Boatman.
I know several of you will really appreciate this post! At least a few of us spend significant time trying to preserve old photos!
Well, my shop will continue in other forms, but I have decided for sure to not renew my lease on the little red caboose that housed my vintage shop. Can you believe I have been a shop owner for almost two years!? It will be two years in September when my lease is up. I figured it would be very wise to go ahead and begin now to wrap my mind around shutting the doors for good. This gives me three months.
I have a private studio/workshop that has been offered to me to turn into a magical recreation of the shop. I am so excited about this! It will just take some time, hard work, and paint, to make the transition! <3
Phase I: remove the items from that shop that I know I want to keep for myself or for my private studio
Phase II: plan and advertise one or two large sales at the shop to cut down on what has to be moved and to say goodbye to my customers (for now)
Phase III: Empty out what is left, clean up, turn the keys in
HA HA — it is that simple!
Meanwhile, here are some recent pictures of my very pretty HAPPY PLACE. I have developed a following of customers. I am currently compiling a list of local folks (emails, phone numbers) who want to be on my mailing list for inventory updates and private sales and workshops.
In honor of Flag Day, June 14, I would like to say HAPPY FLAG DAY! (It is also my firstborn’s birthday.) I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some vintage photos I found recently of school children showing off their United States flags. Oh, if only names and date and location had been written on the backs of these!
I am thinking these photos are from the early 1910s, based on their clothing and the fact that the flag with 48 stars was adopted in 1912. There are so many of you who are more knowledgeable at this stuff, please feel free to offer any thoughts about these photos!