Tuesday, July 31, 2012

More Hoarder Garage Finds and Life...

For the life of me, I can't remember 
where this vintage art print is from. 

It's not something I drooled over. 
Still, it's pretty cool. Though I must admit, 
I was considering cannibalizing the frame.

See how someone touched up the gold
where the gesso details chipped off? I like it.
It's endearing - in sort of an "I was green 
before it was cool to be green" kind of way. 

And now it's chic to be shabby.

So since it was chic, I thought I might use 
it to frame the cool drawing I have been
hoarding for years. It even has glass!
And I could paint the frame white...or not.

But I took another look at the old print, and
saw some information that allowed a Google search.

White City Art Co. 1908. Older than I thought...

The Old Homestead. Charming. 

Here's what came up on Google:

"The White City Art Co." of Chicago Illinois was founded 
in 1893 to supply souvenirs to the Chicago Columbian Exposition and proved so successful that it continued to publish Prints in the years to follow until they closed their doors in 1909..."

So, I don't think I'm going to steal the frame.

Another cool find was this road map...

Look at the old gas pump. (I remember those.) 
That was the day when a guy pumped your gas for you. 
And while he did it. he checked your oil, water and 
the air pressure in your tires. I sure wish I could go somewhere and get that done when I filled up my tank 
with gas that probably cost 20c per gallon...

As a single woman, I function fairly well doing
the "manly" chores. But I forget to check my tires,
and I let more air out than I put in sometimes. 
And I hate to sharpen knives. 

FYI - Humble and Enco are both what is now Exxon.

Notice the date - 1952.

I thought of using it as a lamp shade or
some other project, but I think a new map would
work better. This map is too cool a 
piece of American History to use for that.

Sometimes it just blows me away that 
ephemera such as a paper map or 
an art print may still be here after
over 100 years, while people are gone.

I think that's a big reason why I like vintage stuff.

It seems like a tangible connection to
people and times that are no longer here.

Word for the Day:

The grass withers, the flower fades, 

but the word of our God will stand forever.

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outjunking said...

Good lessons today on your blog. I like looking at the maps and how the super highways are not always on them. Just think that picture is about what 104 years old, I wish I could look that good at 104:)

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Good finds....I wonder how many places that old frame has hung in. :)

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Fun finds...agree, I love to imagine the "past lives" of the goodies I find...and hope that the person who owned them would be happy to know they are a treasured at my house again. Thanks for the visit...I'm following too :) Laurel

L'Heure Bleue At Home said...

I love vintage maps as well. Wonderful finds.

chateau chic said...

Interesting info about your wonderful finds! Makes them even more special when you know something about their past.
Mary Alice

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

LOVE that painting!! Isn't it cool to dig up information on something vintage that you've found? I recently bought a leather bound Bible from 1888 (or somewhere around there) for $5.99. Did a little research on it and found that it's currently valued at $50. I should blog about it. :)

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

well, I tell you. I love old stuff like this. The map is so cool...are you going to frame or display it somehow? I think it would be cool on a table top under glass or something. Anyway-- up until about 6 1/2 or 7 years ago, there was a little gas station along the Farm to Market road very close to my house, right here in Kaufman County and you pulled in, the tires ran over the bell and the little old man came out and pumped the gas, wiped your window,and would check your tires and any fluids. Yeppers. I loved that little gas station. It was a tad pricey...but worth every nickle.
...oh, I also liked the little house in the painting too, Pat

Emily said...

Wow...great finds. Can you send some of that "finder mojo" my way?

Ethereal PLUS what I Love said...

Revi ... I love that painting ... the frame is lovely. Can't wait to see what you decide :)
PS Revi I hope you will be joining my first monthly button swap party ... its up and running. i would love to have you there :)

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Jann Olson said...

Great job Revi of finding out the history of your art. Never know when you have something much more valuable than you realize. The map is definately too cool to cut up. Thanks for sharing your finds.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What wonderful vintage finds! I especially love old frames!