Sunday, September 15, 2013

Vintage Photographs

I love vintage photographs and was thrilled to find an entire box of them at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago.  I didn't even bother to look at each one, just a quick glance of a few on top had me sold.  After negotiating a great deal on the entire box, I was anxious to get home and sort through my instant relatives. What a load!  There was a large bonus envelope in the bottom of the box that contained about one hundred black and whites, report cards from 1910-1913, mounting corners, and several postcards.

Who are these people?  What's their story?  How did they end up in a box at a yard sale?
Most of them are unmarked on the back so I guess we'll never know.  Some of the frames are from studios here in the central valley; the rest are either unmarked or from North Dakota, South Dakota, and Washington.

I love old wedding photos.  The cardboard frames are just as interesting as the photos.

She looks worried and he looks fed up.  Forget the photo session, he just wants to start the honeymoon.

Some look happy.

Some look sad.

Some look downright scary.  Count Dracula looks like he's moving in for her neck.

The ladies have a job to do.

Vintage photograph jewelry display
I love using them to display the necklaces I take to the shows.  They fold flat for easy transportation, they don't take up a lot of room on the table, and they set up in a second.  Thanks ladies!!

To keep the chain from sliding to the center, I cut a small V notch on each side.

An adhesive hook hanger on the back keeps the chain from sliding forward.
These can be found in packages of eight at Walmart.

Sometimes I'll add two or three hangers to the back to accommodate any necklace I need to display.

Can't have the pendant smacking her in the face or dragging on the table.

Photos of children always put a smile on my face.

This one is my favorite out of all fifty six in the box.  Aren't they adorable?

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41 comments:

  1. I love them too. What a beautiful stash.You didn't say what the owner of the yard sale told You where they got them.Any of them their family?Beautiful idea for Your jewelry display.

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  2. What a great find and I love how you have used them to display your necklaces! Brilliant idea!

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  3. OK, this may sound weird but the 2nd photo...the couple on the far right look familiar. Does the photo have the photographers info on it? My hubby is from ND and he's going thru tons of old family photos. Lots of friends mixed in with the family. So we too have a bunch of 'unknown'.

    He found some that were marked Van Dyne, WI where his great uncle had pastored. We ended up going to the very church and reuniting some of the photos with their families.

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  4. What a find!!! Lol Count Dracula!! What a lever way to display necklaces! I may have to "steal" that idea!!!!

    Xo

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  5. I adore the old photos, too, and always wonder about the person behind it. Using them for the jewelry display is perfect!

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  6. Those do make lovely displays!! Such a clever idea with the hooks on the back too! :) Pretty necklaces! Happy Sunday! xo Holly

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  7. My great grandfather was a professional photographer around the turn of the century and had studios in San Francisco and Sacramento at different times. I have seen photographs online from his studio. It's always fascinating.

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  8. What a creative use for the old photos. You always find such unique ways to use your finds.

    When I see old photos, I always wonder who the people were and why no one wanted to keep the photos.

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  9. I love the baby photos...and little children. It's so neat to see how they are dressed and how their hair is styled. I love the necklace you have displayed on the one old photo. What a fun find....it makes you wonder!

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  10. Fabulous finds and wonderful idea for the necklaces! I love old photos so much. I definitely would use that "Dracula" on my Halloween mantel!

    Amber

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  11. I had a good laugh about Dracula ... poor guy. :-) My favorites are the wedding pics despite some of those worried expressions. (I'd be a little worried too if I married Dracula.) *Love* your display idea and your beautiful jewelry looks perfect around the necks of these vintage ladies!

    PS You have the most amazing yard sales in your neck of the woods!

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  12. What a great idea using them to display your jewellery.

    I have a ton of these passed down in my family. I know who most of them are but I really don't know what to do with them. They stay stored in boxes most of the time. I've scanned almost all of them to try to have a permanent record but I doubt anyone in my family will want them after I'm gone.

    Just think of all of the digital photos we've taken - a vast majority of them will never even be looked at.

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  13. That is a brilliant way to show your necklaces...great idea!

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  14. Fabulous! What a wonderful idea. The jewelry is stunning too. I love those vintage cardboard frames and pick them up in thrift stores when I see them. I'm big into yard sales and vintage stuff too, even wrote a fictional novel with characters who yard sail, thrift shops and swing dance: girlinthejitterbugdress.com. Thank you for this fab idea. I will share with my jewelry making friends!

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  15. What a great idea to use these for displays!I love finding these although I usually pass them up.I have lots of vintage family photos.
    xx
    Anne

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  16. What a great idea- I love them, too. That last one is just precious! xo Diana

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  17. Wow - A box full of history. I think many times people clearing out estates/family homes, etc. have no clue who many of the people are in pictures, so just sell/pass them on. I also like the idea using them to display the necklaces.

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  18. Just beautiful, Betsy. What a find!

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  19. These photos are true treasures of time and stories long ago. I adore your re-purpose to hold your beautiful necklaces for your sales. What a find...

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  20. You got some beauties there!!! I have a few but to many!!! They are expensive here.

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  21. What a great use of them. How sad that they are not with their family. I have a huge amount I got from my Great Aunt, some are marked some are not..so I have been trying to write on all of them. They look so similar to yours. I am glad they are in your care.

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  22. What a great way to use the old photos. I'm so glad that they are in your care, but I have to say that it makes me said to think that someone got rid of their family photos.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  23. You amaze me. You mention what you found and I wonder what you will do with it. Scientists should tap your brain for the ideas you come up with.

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  24. Oh I love this post! What a great way to display your jewels -- it's perfect. I'm drooling over that box full!! That last photo of the kiddos is just amazing. And I feel the same way about the frames -- they are every bit as delicious as the photos!

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  25. You need to make that guy into a real dracula,he really looks like one! Great prop for Halloween!
    I love the display idea! I am heading to Walmart tomorrow! thanks! karen....

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  26. I love these photos and what a perfect display for your necklaces! Wonderful!

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  27. Cool photos! I often see photos like these and wonder how relatives let these things go.

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  28. What an inspired use for these old photos! I'll bet you get a lot of comments about them at your shows. So much better than plain old backers.

    That one wedding photo with the bride in glasses? Yikes. Neither look happy!

    Beautiful jewelry too Betsy; they deserve to be showcased!

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  29. When I see old photos in antique shops, I wonder the same...how did they end up here? Don't they have any ancestors that would treasure these pictures?
    What a great idea for displaying your beautiful jewelry!
    Mary Alice

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  30. I have a hard time resisting antique pictures of children. I have one with a little boy picking his nose floating around here somewhere.

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  31. I am drawn to baby photos and wedding photos. I love the display idea.

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  32. What a beautiful find! I laughed out loud about "Count Dracula", I think you may be right on that one. That is such a clever way to display the jewelry!

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  33. Betsy, finds like that are what keep us junking. Thank you for sharing how you use them. That one bride in the glasses is the homeliest bride I have ever seen! And those children are ADORABLE!

    Carol

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  34. What a great find, Betsy! Some of the cardboard frames are really amazing. Count Dracula could show up on every Halloween party without a costume or lots of make-up, lol. I love your idea to use the photos to display your beautiful jewelry. You always have such creative ways of repurposing.
    Have a great week!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  35. What a find!! I love old photos like that too. Your idea for using them for display is SO clever!! I love it!
    Jane

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  36. What a treasure trove! I love how you are using them, too!

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  37. Betsy, you had me laughing out loud!! Love your descriptions! Quite a great stash you found! :)
    Susan

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  38. Genius display idea! You never cease to amaze me! Great find!!!

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  39. What a cool way to display the necklaces! Only you would be so clever!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  40. So sad that these pictures have been discarded by their families. But, you have breathed life into them again. Clever way to display your necklaces!

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