Thursday, May 13, 2010

You're Really Gonna Like This

My Mom recently found this rather unassuming old ledger at an estate sale. Oh my stars... it holds some serious treasures inside. Take a look for yourself...

ledger 1
ledger 2
ledger 3
ledger 4
ledger 6
ledger 7
ledger 8
ledger 9
ledger 10
ledger 12
ledger 19
ledger 21
ledger 44
ledger 49

Literally, page after page after page has been scrap booked with antique ephemera from the late 1880's - early 1890's. It is amazing. There are calling cards, advertisements, calendars, article clippings, Sunday school cards, note cards, and more. AND who ever made this, I think her name was Bertha Anthony (because her name appears a lot, a photo of her, and her 1892 report card is in it!), adhered the pieces to the pages of the ledger, right over simply gorgeous script... which dates to 1875 and earlier. Hot dang it is amazing. You can see even more images from the insides in my Flickr Gallery Set: The Ledger. Who knew scrapbooking was so big in the 1880's?!? And wouldn't this make an amazing back drop for vintage-inspired jewelry designs? What a treasure, it is visiting me at my house and I am loving every minute with it.


jeanette said...

What an amazing find!! Your mom really found a gem.

TesoriTrovati said...

I gasped when I saw it!
Pansies are my favorite flower and they were so in vogue then. And that funny little cartoon about triplets being the envy of all mothers/!?!?!? Really? I think that thought scared the living daylights out of me! One at a time was hard enough!
Thanks for sharing!
Enjoy the day!

Silver Parrot said...

Yeah, I'm not buyin' the triplets things.

But the pansy? MUST HAVE IT NOW, PLEASE! I just love vintage pansy images - so pretty!

AliBaubles said...

What a great many wonderful images.......I could spend hours browsing through it :) Enjoy!!!

Leslie @ Bei Mondi said...

Oh, how neat is that? It's liked you walked right into her world. That's definitely a priceless journal.

sandi m said...

Kerry - I see inspiration here...
1. beads of your making
2. designs created based on selected pictures - maybe a contest?

And when I saw that sweet girl with the butterfly, I could not help but think of Lauren!!

What a great piece of history.

Alice said...

What a treasure! And what luck that your mother was able to latch on to it! I hope she will share with you.

Layney Dasher said...

OMG... this is FABULOUS! I wish I could have such a find. Truly one lucky mom you have.

Cindy said...

Actually, I'm the lucky one! (wink, wink). I'm soooo glad you have one talented Estate sale-finding Mom. And that she's willing to give up this treasure! I've been doing some research...seems scrapbooking like this was done quite a bit in those times.

stregata said...

Absolutely amazing!!! A very rare find, totally wonderful!!!

Eileen said...

holly molly kelly...that IS an amazing find...a real treasure for sure...

Lucid Moon Studio said...

That is amazing!! What a find! You should scan the images, so they are preserved digitally.
Then you could print them out for jewelry designs or whatever. I immediately thought of Etsy seller, Piddix ( I bet she would be VERY interested in them!
Thanks for sharing!

Shaiha said...

I am so jealous! That was quite the find.