Collage Collections and Kurt Schwitter

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…

Handwritten Letters from Marseille

These original handwritten letters from Marseille, France have been sold to a regular client of mine in Australia, so one last look before they wing their way to the other side of the world!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign – Post Cards and Maps

“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…

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…

From Corsets to Cars in 1913

I 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…

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! I just couldn’t resist – especially as the price was…

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…