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On a Wet Stormy Friday Aftrenoon…..

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Well, I don’t know about the rest of the world, but here in South West France we have had an AWFULL LOT OF RAIN this afternoon!

So much so, I couldn’t even walk to the workshop.

Never mind – I have my trusty ipad and lots of things from the summer antiques markets pleading to be photographed in our lounge – here we go!

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Polishing My Vintage French Storage Jars

Sunday I decided to give a good clean and polish to the Aluminum storage canisters I found at one of the summer ‘vide greniers’ (flea markets) I love to frequent around here in south west France.

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I think they have polished up a real treat!

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Here they are in my Etsy Vintage Shop – 3rdshelffromthetop

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Collage Collections and Kurt Schwitter

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There is nothing like being inspired on a Saturday morning to BE CREATIVE! I saw this lovely collage and started getting itchy fingers to do something similar.

I love old vintage paper ephemera and decided to gather some of my collection together to show you and to remind you not to throw anything away as it could be the crucial piece to finish your own creative collage.

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Want more inspiration? Then go and have a look at the artist Kurt Schwitter – the Grand Daddy of collage art.

An old bus ticket, a torn out piece of typography, an old stamp, whatever catches your eye!

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Vintage Rubber Gloves and Stand for the Reluctant Housewife

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Just listed these ‘upper crust’ rubber gloves and their handsome metal ‘hand’ stand in my vintage shop – 3rdshelffromthetop

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A pair of black rubber gloves embellished with royal red and white, trimmed with gold and a crown. They also come with the wire display ‘hand’ stand because quite honestly, any practical housewife would find these gloves a little bit impractical!

Best to keep them well displayed on a prominent kitchen shelf – creates a talking point!

So, I propose that the embellished rubber gloves and the metal stand, are really a decorative item for your kitchen or drinks bar. Not really too practical but a great gift for friends or relatives who feel that they are a ‘cut above’ washing-up!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign – Post Cards and Maps

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“Don’t Forget to Send me a Post Card”……. without fail, I would always ask my friends when off to foreign lands, to pop a card in the post to me – the more weird the better.

Well, that was in the good old days of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Now we have the internet and Facebook and digital cameras and nobody feels the need to bother with postcards anymore.

Never the less, I still have my pile of postcards packed into the top drawer of the dresser, and when I saw the WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge this week was ‘Foreign’, I thought I would pull them out and see what my friends and I where up to on our travels before the digital age!

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Art Deco – Paris 1929

The Art Deco period during the 1920’s and 1930’s, I think is one of the most stylish periods in the history of design.

The black and white advertisements I have found in my copies of the French magazine ‘L’Illustration’ of April 13th and April 20th 1929, are quite stunning in draftsmanship, humor, and little historical plots in the life in the chic Parisian lifestyle that men and women were aspiring to during this period between the First and Second World Wars.

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If you compare the images from my earlier post on the L’Illustration magazine – 18th October 1913 edition, to the images here, it is quite remarkable the difference in style over the 10 year period from 1913 to 1929.

So what happened?

The 1925 Paris Exhibition was probably the biggest influence on style, design and architecture, and the birth of the Art Deco movement.

The First World War – 1914 to 1918  had a huge influence on the change in culture, particularly for women. (anyone who is watching Downton Abbey on the TV at the moment will know what I’m talking about – ITV – Sunday nights UK).

Life was meant to be gay and carefree – women where at last beginning to feel in their grasp the much strived for freedom in the fashions they wore, the sports they undertook and the wonderful new adventure that the motor car was providing.

Such a Romantic Period – Super Fast Cars – Gorgeous Watches – Holidays in Nice – 1920’s France was the place to be!

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Do you like these L’Illustration Magazines? if so, do look in my Etsy Vintage Shop – 3rd Shelf from the Top. They are for sale there INCLUDING the magazines that have the images illustrated here!

So go have a look. Here is the link to the THREE MAGAZINES that I am selling together:

October 18th, 1913 – April 13th, 1929 – April 20th, 1929

This is a great way to buy them, as the shipping costs are much lower if in a package of 3 magazines, so quite a bargain.

I would love to know who buys them and why.

Are you a designer who likes to collect historical documents of the early 20th Century? I must admit they are very inspiring when the creative juices are being stirred!

Perhaps you are a digital artist and need to add some more images to your library. I know a lot of you are very gifted Scrap booking and collage artists. I would love to see what you could do with these Art Deco images.

Are you learning French, or studying French history? L’Illustration magazine is a more interesting way to help you on your way with the French language and provide little snippets of French history, which was the daily news during the 1920’s.

Of coarse, you could just keep them on the coffee table and wallow in the wonderful world of the Parisian Lady of 1929. A little glimpse of her world, what she was buying, what she read……What was going on on April 20th 1929?

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From Corsets to Cars in 1913

1913-magazine L'IllustrationI was browsing through a 1913 copy of ‘L’Illustation’ – a French magazine that was very popular here during the early part of the 20th century. Most of the copies I have are during the Art Deco period of the late 1920’s, but just realized that in amongst the pile was this earlier magazine published just before the 1st World War started.

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They certainly loved their corsets during this period – men and women seemed to be obsessed with obtaining a ‘svelt’ figure, no matter what the discomforts this entailed

 

 

 

Ladies corset and bra 1913I see the bra, soutien-gorge in French, is beginning to be featured.The times they are a changing!

 

 

car and corset ad 1913Well yes, “The media is the massage” as they say!

Another corset advertisement above the ‘come and buy me’ car shot. Not sure what to make of that, I mean, the interior of that deluxe car looks very comfy and very spacious……….

Oh la la!  You know what a reputation Parisians had during this epoch.

Shoes and Hats

Thought this little add was rather smart.1913 France shoes and hats

Now What About a Nice Cup Of Tea?

Who needs a tea pot when you could buy a special cup and saucer with its own filter!

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I’d love to find a set of china ware like this on my trips to the local antique markets here in France!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside – The Old Suitcase

I love the flea markets that are in our region of South West France during the summer months. I found this battered old suitcase at one of them the other week. What a surprise  when I opened it up and found inside……..

All these books!

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I just couldn’t resist – especially as the price was only 5 euros. OK, it was very heavy, but I hauled it back to the car, put it in the boot, and carried on looking around the rest of the Flea Market (‘brocante’ in French).

Can you see the maps in the background? I bought them at the same market – what a good mornings work!

And what was inside the books?

What a surprise! When I was delving into these old French paperback books, what did I find?

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Bookmarks

Bookmarks for most of us usually end up being the nearest piece of paper we can find at the time. And so it has been for most readers for many a year. I found a lovely little collection of impromptu bookmarks in my suitcase of battered books:

I. An old postcard from ‘Le Havre’, France

2. An old envelope from Paris in 1927

3. And a love letter!

More of these at a later date. Oh the romance of old paper ephemera!

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French Military Map from WW2

Well the sun was shining again after a week of rain, it was Sunday and the market was on, and St.Antonin was having its annual brocante fair down by the river. What better way of spending an hour or two browsing. And we weren’t disappointed—we struck lucky— a guy from Toulouse with his wares spread before him on the grass saw me begin leafing through a folder of what looked like old maps…  “Don’t worry yourself,” he said, “you can have the lot for €10”. Maybe he was feeling generous as Denise already had an armful of other stuff of his she had snaffled. So it wasn’t till we got home that we could look through everything.

This particular map seems quite interesting — maybe any WW2 buffs out there can shed more light on the topic!  The map was printed in 1934, and subsequently amended on the 1st June 1939 by having it stamped “SECRET” and reserved for military use only. The bottom right-hand corner shows the river Rhine, and what appears to be German defensive guns/fortifications marked on with blue ink. Here’s a close-up image of this area.

The scale of this map is 1:20,000 which gives more detail than the current standard British Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure maps at 1:25,000. You can see all the individual field boundaries and areas of coppice and woodland. I must try and lay my hands on a modern map of the area — it would be great to compare the two and see all the changes and new building that’s taken place since the 1930s.