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Airline ephemera. Come fly with me, please.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who endures Ephemera Image Overstimulation (EIS) on a regular basis. There’s probably even a support group. But, for now, I’m just going to post some of the things I’ve found in the past day or two and try to make room for more. Woe is the vintage-ologist who just can’t get enough… and who realizes that there will always be more ephemera to ogle and tuck away in his/her mind’s eye.

Right now I’m tucking away Mikey Ashworth’s Old Airlines Ephemera Flickr set:

And I’m also en route to tucking away these little pieces of airline ephemera greatness:

Both of the above from Grain Edit

From Delicious Industries

From We Made This

From Bedazzled (yes, that’s really the blog name)

From Dark Roasted Blend

From Martin Klasch

French Friday: Paris map by Mark Andrew Webber

Thanks to swissmiss for introducing me to the amazing linocuts of Mark Andrew Webber’s typographic map of Paris. The following images are borrowed from his Flickr stream:





MAW maintains an ongoing series of linocut maps and other carved wonders. Here are some additional examples from his Linocuts Flickr Set:

Amsterdam map…



London map…





French Friday: Famille Summerbelle!


Famille Summerbelle consists of Julie & Simon Summerbelle and their adorable daughter Ophelia. Their designs, as you will see below, are intricate, whimsical, and always impressively crafted (see, particularly, Julie’s papercuts!). The following images are graciously borrowed from both their online store and their blog, which I encourage you all to visit immediately. And often. Just trust me. 

Family trees…



… and “Learn For Fun” prints…



… and cushions…



… and papercuts…

6a00e54ffb7b77883401156f67e409970c-800wi(Papercut of London)

6a00e54ffb7b77883401156f2ae945970c-800wi(Papercut of Paris)



6a00e54ffb7b7788340105362c303d970b-800wi(Des fleurs!)

… and decorative tape…



French Friday (on Saturday): Remembering French Foundlings

enfants-secretA “foundling” is the term ascribed to a child who had been orphaned and/or exposed to disease, abandoned by his/her parent(s) for the public to find and save. Foundling “hospitals” cropped up all over Western Europe during the 17th century, most notably in Paris and London.  

For this week’s installment of French Friday, I would like to honor the French Foundlings from the past several centuries, some of whom were beautifully introduced to the public via an exhibition at the Musée Flaubert et d’histoire de la médecine in Rouen, France, from January to June 2008. This exhibition, titled “Les enfants du secret: Enfants trouvés du XVIIe siècle à nos jours,” featured intricate and intimate tokens left for the children by the parents who had abandoned them at one of the several French Foundling Hospitals.






Additional information: 

Though the Foundling Hospital of London was demolished in 1926, the Foundling Museum of London was erected in 1937 on an adjacent site. The Foundling Museum of London marked London’s first public art gallery, and it has become highly regarded for its art collections and regular exhibitions, its chilrden’s programs, and its museum shop and café. For information about one of its exhibitions, click HERE.

Thanks to Le Divan Fumoir Bohémien for introducing me to the Foundlings.