Vintage Paper Ephemera

Vintage French Paper Packs for Journal Art

Bonjour ! I have six lots of vintage French paper packs for use in art or junk journals, collage, or other mixed media projects. These are all authentic, original pieces of antique paper miscellany. Each pack includes:

  • Handwritten legal document with cover, cover plus three pages (six front and back), appr. 1826
  • Handwritten legal document of four pages (eight front and back) with stamp, appr. 1800s or late 1790s
  • Handwritten legal document (1794) two pages
  • Patent application record. This is letterpressed printing on stunning laid paper with deckled edges. It is 5.50″ x 8.25″ unfolded and unfolds to a large 21.5″ x 17″ (51cm. x 42cm)
  • Two copies of La Mode Illustrée, fashion magazine, 1880s. Each has four pages (eight front and back). I am including two copies because when I have sold these in the past, people have told me they can’t bear to use them. So one is for keeping and one is for using, by which I mean cutting it up
  • Three pages of vintage French ads from Femina magazine, 1911
  • Eight holy cards

As each piece is authentic and one of a kind, each pack will vary but each will be similar and live up to what you see here! To [read more]

A Paper Glossary: Want to Know What Hot Pressed, Rag, & Gelantine Mean?

Vintage Paper Co is one of my favourite sites for drooling over. Based in Scotland, they source hard to find handmade paper, both vintage and contemporary, as well as hand decorated paper for fine art, handmade sketchbooks, and journals. As the owner William says, “We do not sell things that are readily available from other paper merchants or art stores because what’s the point? There are businesses out there who do a brilliant job doing this and I genuinely respect what they do but I don’t want to do that.”

Earlier this year, Vintage Paper Co published a super handy glossary of paper terms to help readers and shoppers understand some of the finer points and terms used to describe their wares. If you are like me you probably pretend to understand more of these than you actually do and paper is my full time job. William was good enough to allow me to repost it, so consider the glossary below a crash course in everything you need to know about paper phraseology. Then go check out his delightful site and their inspiring wares: https://vintagepaper.co/

A PAPER GLOSSARY

A series

ISO range of paper sizes

absorbency

The degree to which paper [read more]

La Mode Illustrée 1880

Last May I bought several volumes of French fashion magazine La Mode Illustrée. This was the fashion magazine of its day. A woman would buy her weekly edition that might include engravings of hairstyles, dresses, embroidery patterns, home decorating, and hats – lots of hats. When she had a year’s worth, she would have them bound in a hardcovered volume that she could then use for inspiration or to share with friends over tea.

To see a larger version, click on the photo in the gallery.

So here’s the deal. Sadly, most of the bindings of the hardbound volumes was in too poor of shape to salvage but that just gave me permission to take out the individual signatures/editions without feeling guilty. (Whew.) I am selling them like this: three (four pages – eight sides) editions per shipment. While all of the editions of this magazine are good, some are very good and I have gone through them one at a time, making packages of three numbers that include two very good ones and one okay, still pretty darn good one. The way I see it is you can cut that one up (permission!) and either cut up and/or [read more]

French Book Arts Boxes

(These are currently sold out. Please contact me if you would like to be on the waiting list for the next batch, which will be available in October 2019.)

Just in time for Bastille Day, French book arts boxes: a hand-curated selection of antique ephemera from my finds across France. Ideal for a variety of crafts, including art journals, altered books, mixed media, assemblage, and collage. All of the pieces are original and once they are gone, they are gone. Each box contains:

  • One vintage rosary;
  • Ten yards French linen thread (unwaxed);
  • One spool French linen thread/twine;
  • Vintage tin (distressed);
  • Six buttons for gendarme uniforms (some distressed);
  • Twenty celluloid buttons circa 1920s;
  • Edition of La Mode Illlustrée, a womans fashion magazine. Each will date from the 1870s to the 1880s and comes in a signature with four pages;
  • Edition of Paris Qui Chante, a theatre magazine from 1903, 8 pages;
  • Handwritten legal document with embossed stamping, dates varies from 1840s to 1870s. One signature of two pages;
  • French dictionary pages, 1846, two pages;
  • Signature from French prayer book, 1822, eight pages;
  • Handwritten ledger pages, circa 1902, two pages;
  • selection of invoices and/or letters, 1860s to 1940s;
  • Three cartes de visites (photographs), circa 1880s;
  • One handwritten invoice folded in wrapper style ;
  • Three playing cards, 1890;
  • Four [read more]

Book Arts Boxes

When I sell a handmade journal, I always send it with lots of extras, and over and over I got the same lovely compliment from happy paper fans: “This was better than Christmas!” So, yeah, I am shamelessly going to call these Better Than Christmas Book Arts Boxes.

Inside each one are over 50 pieces of paper and textile ephemera for making your own book or journal arts, including:

  • Two yards tea-dyed sari silk
  • Two yard onion-skin-dyed sari silk
  • Length of tea-dyed gauze
  • Length of onion skin gauze
  • One yard vintage French lace
  • 25 mini mother of pearl buttons in a vintage tin
  • Sample size (10ml) handmade walnut ink
  • Sample size (10ml) handmade acorn cap ink
  • Four oversize cigarette cards (flowers)
  • Four regular cigarette cards (butterflies)
  • Four cartes de visite circa 1880s
  • Four assorted vintage French prayer cards
  • Two vintage, handwritten postcards
  • Signature from guide to plants, 1902
  • Handwritten letter, English, 1867
  • Handwritten letter, French, 1902
  • Assorted vintage invoices/receipts
  • Welsh bible pages, 1843
  • Dictionary pages, 1878
  • Ledger page, 1896
  • Saturday Magazine, 1838 (four pages)
  • Scrap pack of tea and plant dyed papers
  • UHU glue stick (large size)
  • A mini, handmade journal with wraparound cover (each one will vary. The one in the photo is 4/5″ x 3.

    Click on individual photo for larger view.

Now it really matters to me that you get something [read more]

Altered Altoid Tin

This altered Altoid Tin features a beautiful belle (with a mighty fetching hat). She is an original, clipped from a carte de visite circa 1880s. I have added some wings and she is offset in the middle of this drawer for a 3-d effect. On the other side are images of bird’s nest and egg over an original, handwritten document from 1902. The front has been distressed with wood glue and blow torch, and I have embellished with another bird’s egg on tea bag. It measures 6cm x 10cm when closed.

Cost is £25 or $35 usd. Shipping is £3 ($4.00) [read more]

Gladys Cooper Vintage Postcards for Downloads

I am obsessed with old books, old clothes, and boy, am I ever obsessed with old movies. (I met my first husband at a silent movie double feature, so there.) One of my favourite stars ever is Gladys Cooper. She is best known as a renowned character actress in the 1940s at Warner Brothers. She starred opposite Bette Davis in Now Voyager (as the oppressive mother) and in Separate Tables opposite Deborah Kerr (as the oppressive mother). She was also in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca as the really sweet sister to Laurence Olivier. What is less well known is that before all that she was a Great Beauty, when such a thing was a career.

Yesterday I hit the motherlode of Gladys Cooper postcards from her babe period. If you would like to use any of these for crafts or art journals, just right click on an image and click “Control C” then go to Word or Paint or whatever program you use for images and press “Control V.” If anyone would like a larger resolution, please contact me directly and I can send you a larger image. Enjoy!

To read a dishy biography of Ms. Cooper with clips from her films, go [read more]

Altered Book Cover Angel

Having a lot of fun with these altered book angels made from old cabinet photos and handwritten papers. They are so flirty and sweet and strange.

Book cover, French school book 1916. Woman cut from French cabinet card (with fragment of handwriting), 1917. Fragment of French, handwritten letter, 1903. Handcut wings from a variety of vintage French papers, and sheet music.

Measures 10 cm x 22 cm. All papers are original. These are not printed reproductions! It is wired for hanging, or the wire can be removed for framing. All of my pieces come with extra paper goodies. Cost is £45. Shipping worldwide is £5. You can use the PayPal button below for payment, even if you do not have a PayPal [read more]