Thursday, 7 February 2008

Take it (a bit) Further

I am still mulling over ideas for this month's challenge and have been turning out cupboards trying to find some letters that my Nan sent me so that I can use part of one in a collage. So far the letters are eluding me but in the course of looking I came across these


These small cards were given away with cigarettes and many people collected them, including my uncles, when I was growing up. Many different sets were issued covering every subject imaginable. As you can see from the ones I found they were mostly painted images. Each card carries a description and information about the image on the card. Several of the cards I found have got household hints on them dating from maybe the 50/60's so I think they will be ideal for this project.
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Talking of things from the past, My friend Grace was doing some sorting out earlier this week and found a couple of gadgets that she thought I might find useful.


This posymaker, complete with instructions, was given away with Woman magazine in 1973 and, while I may not make posies, I am sure I can find a use for it. The templates can be used for almost any design project.



I think that this gadget is for making punched images but I have not seen anything like this before. Apparently you could buy pre-printed designs to work with. I'm not sure that I will be able to use this gadget but, who knows?

4 comments:

artisbliss said...

Wow, what great ephemera! Those cigarette papers are out of this world! And the fact you got them from a family member--how cool is that!

I think the punching tool at the bottom is for making a punched rug or hanging. I did some of that in my teens, a very dim memory now indeed.

Lesley said...

Those cigarette cards really take me back. My grandad had albums full of them !
Your crafty objects look really interesting and I seem to remember those punched pictures too.

xx

sharon young said...

HI Julie
What a great collection you have there and a super start for the TIF challenge. Maybe too much though, how will you know where to start?

katelnorth said...

The posy maker would be great for sunprinting, I bet. That is, when you get any sun up there... Love those cigarette cards, too - ephemera is great fun, isn't it!