Paper ephemera

Deptford Market

It’s been a while since I’very been rummaging on the junk market – there’s been some grotty weather that has kept the stall-holders away. So yesterday I was quite excited to go and it was fairly successful:

Woman's own doll
I found this rag doll hidden in a box on Peter’s stall. I remember having one of these Woman’s Own dolls when I was little. It’s from 1982 and I can’t remember if I made it or my mum did. I remember having the clothes for it though. It brought back way too many memories for me not to buy it! It cost me a whole 50p!

This was probably the biggest bargain of the day. An unused tapestry canvas AND all of the skeins of tapestry wool:
Again, it cost me a whole 50p!!!!!!! I started sewing some of it yesterday – it’s going to take FOREVER!

Ben really wants to do up a rat rod and is learning sign-painting as well as pin-striping. I found him these magazines:
These cost a whole £1 for the lot 🙂

A VERY successful haul methinks.


Mad Men …

Last week at work while I was begging the reprographics guy to print off a load of stuff for me at the last minute, I was treated to a flick through his box of paper ephemera.  Now I’ve been an avid collector of paper ephemera for a while now and my collection of weird shizzle is growing. He found a box of old magazines on the street with some gorgeous 1950s adverts in there.  So he’s letting me pick my favourites and he’s going to photocopy them in colour for me 🙂 wheeeeee.

I thought I’d share some of my favourite ‘vintage’ adverts from around the web here:

Projection equipment!

If you don’t drink Coke you’ll be subjected to a lifetime of carrying jock’s books and never getting the girl.

They should be in the loft smoking pipesI found this one in an old Ideal Home Exhibition magazine – I love images of ‘men with pipes’ – my dad used to smoke a pipe and I loved the way he used it as a means to punctuate his sentences, point at things and use it to think! There are so many images from the 1950s – 1970s of men with pipes – I started collecting some images here and here.

She's got stinky breath!She may be able to play the ukulele but she’s got stinky breath!  (from a collection of Atlantic Monthlies that I picked up from the 1920s)

How pretty is this?  From the Library of Congress collection.

Look how happy she is – she’s going regularly and now she can pick figs and smile (is it me or do those figs look a bit like a pair of purple testicles?)