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The Cornell Widow

was just gazing at some of the tons of brilliantly beautiful ephemera images over at Ephemera Assemblyman, and I thought I’d post some covers of a Cornellian student-run magazine called The Widow. It enjoyed over six decades of publication (1894-1962) until it was forced to go out of print because of yucky financial problems (ain’t that always the case?). As the Ephemera Assemblyman quotes on his site, The Widow’s name derives from “the college widow,” which was the name co-eds used to ascribe to “the girl who bowled over class after class of freshmen without really landing one.” Lovely. As you might imagine, the contents and images of the magazine could occasionally trend toward the misogynistic. But oh how the designs were lovely. Take a peek…

(All images below courtesy of the Ephemera Assemblyman)

That last cover was for an issue that appeared in 1981 (yes, 19 years after The Widow had actually folded) and was meant to mock the 100-year anthology of The Widow‘s rival, The Cornell Daily Sun).

For more covers as well as some interior content, head over to the Ephemera Assemblyman HERE.

(Initial “I” from HERE)

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Czech and Hungarian stamp sets.

{ Now available }

I compiled three separate stamp sets over the weekend and posted the listings in my Etsy shop:

Each stamp set will come in a lovely little package, accompanied by a mini pack of surprise ephemera goodies. These sets would make a beautifully unique addition to any collection or collage or scrapbooking project!

~ 1 set of 15 Czech (Ceskoslovensko) pictorial stamps, canceled and dating from the late 1960s through the 1970s. Several valuable stamps with vivid designs depicting Communist images. { Etsy listing }

That illuminated initial “S” makes me very happy.

~ 1 set of 8 Czech (Ceskoslovensko) shield stamps, canceled and dating from 1968-1975. Bright blues, reds, and greens. { Etsy listing }

~ 1 set of 15 Hungarian (Magyar Posta) pictorial stamps, canceled and dating from the late 1960s through the 1970s. Great educational and historical images and a lovely variety of colors. { Etsy listing }

I love the one with the girl reading. Of course.

I am so happy that the Vintage section of my Etsy shop is growing and expanding in a variety of ways. I want to live, breathe, and love vintage. All day, every day.

Of course, I still have some non-vintage papery items available as well. Thanks so much for visiting!

{ Click the image above to access my shop }

Vintage Postage: Israel’s 1972 Education series

You’re not going to believe the ridiculous level of coolness owned by the vintage stamp designs I’m about to show you, which I discovered earlier today via Vintage Postage Stamps (a new Tumblr find that for which I have extremely high hopes). These little gems hail from Israel and were designed in 1972 as part of their Education series, which is comprised of four different stamp designs, each symbolizing a different stage of education (from the website of the Israel Philatelic Federation (IPF)):

I. Elementary school, the tab reading: “The beginning of wisdom is this: get wisdom… ” (Proverbs 4:7)


II. Secondary school, the tab reading: “Train upon a child in the way he should go… ” (Proverbs 22:6)

III. Vocational training, the tab reading: “…but all study of the law without labor
comes to naught at the last… ” (Pirkei Aboth 2)

IV. Academic training, the tab reading: “…but you shall meditate on it day and night… ” (Joshua 1:8)

Aren’t they gorgeous? More details for the series and each stamp design can be found at the IPF’s website HERE.

Yours in educational stamp glory,

Lesley

French Friday: Capucine for Edurelief

One of my former French students sent me this Capucine video via Facebook the other day (merci PN!), and I can’t stop hearing Capucine’s cute, animated little narrative voice talking about “les popotames” (hippopotamuseseses).

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more about “Once upon a time… on Vimeo“, posted with vodpod

Quelle imagination de cette petite fille qui rêve des monstres et de la pauvreté et de l’égalité pour tous!

After I received the video, I did a little Googling and found that la petite Capucine has inspired a charitable endeavour by her mother, who is now raising funds for Edurelief, which is a non-profit that raises money to help kids in Mongolia who lack books and other educational necessities. Donations can be made directly to Edurelief, or you can purchase a ridiculously cute t-shirt that features one of Capucine’s original drawings and a quote from one of her adorable tales (quotes can be printed in French or in English). Some images from the website, which you should visit tout de suite:


To learn more about la mignonne Capucine and to watch all of her storytelling videos, click over to the Capucha website HERE.

Some of my favorite Capucine photos from the website (I am having MAJOR difficulty dealing with how cute she is. I bet you will, too. Oh, and I also bet you’ll want that Nutella like I do, too.):

The Illustrations of Naiad & Walter Einsel

Naiad and Walter Einsel‘s illustrations graced the pages of several prominent magazines during the 1950s and 60s. Whether in black and white or in vivid color, the designs never cease to entertain and leave you wanting more.

Just check out that cheddar ad (below). Cheese AND plaid AND awesome illustration?!? You’ll want more. Trust me.

Thanks to Today’s Inspiration blog for clueing me in about this beautiful husband-and-wife design team:

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All images from LeifPeng’s Einsel Flickr set:

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La rentrée scolaire!/Back to School!

Another semester begins for me tomorrow. Unbelievable. Almost as unbelievable as the fact that, every September, the “Back to School” theme to Grease 2 is a permanent fixture in my head.

“Gotta go back (back) back, back to school again…”

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And, my personal favorite:

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Don’t spit on the floor or lodge your pen in your ear while in my class, please.

French Friday: L’abécédaire! (ABCs!)

Adorable vintage French ABC Books, circa 1920s, from Cecilyadro’s Flickr set:

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The “encrier” almost makes up for the questionable inclusion of the “fusil” and the “hache.” Almost.

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And from yet another fabulously illustrated 1920’s abécédaire…

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