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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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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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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.

1913 Mens Corsett France

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!