Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Graphics Love: Vintage Magazines and Sheet Music

My heart skipped a few beats as soon as I spotted these vintage magazines at the first yard sale last weekend.  I only had to look through the first few issues in the stack to know that they were coming home with me.  I LOVE the graphics in these old fashion magazines, and the advertising is just as much fun.  I want to frame the ones that are in good shape.

THE DESIGNER, November 1910

This is exactly how I spotted them; the old suitcase was open and sitting on top of a chair.  Before I could ask how much the lady wanted for them, she saw the excitement on my face and offered me all of them plus the suitcase. Even though I couldn't find my poker face, it was a great deal I couldn't pass up.

There were fourteen issues of THE DESIGNER with dates ranging from February 1910 through September 1913.

These were originally 10cents each, or a whopping 75 cents for a one year subscription.

Each issue is full of the most interesting ads like this one for knit underwear.  Makes me itch just thinking about it.

Reduso corsets.  Don't you love that name?

Now this is a familiar name.

Gorgeous cans.

This one was a little out of place and the only modern one in the bunch....if September 1966 is considered modern.  Interesting dress!!

I'm sure I could spend hours and hours reading through all of these and looking at all the fabulous graphics.  Also included in the suitcase:
1-Ladies Home Journal, February 1900
1-House Beautiful, May 1940
4-Needlecraft, May 1920 through March 1932
5-Woman's Home Companion, March 1900 through September 1917
4-The Modern Priscilla, September 1915 through September 1919
1-American Needlewoman, August 1926
2-The Delineator, June 1913 and December 1923

An amazing surprise discovery in the suitcase pocket:  the key was attached to a "genuine four-leaf clover good luck charm." 

Waiting for me at the second yard sale was a box full of vintage sheet music.   I can't read a note to save my life, but I love the graphics.  This lady also wanted to sell the entire box for one very, very low price.   All 115 pieces came home with me.  The box was loaded with music from Perry Como, Eddie Fisher, Frank Sinatra, Mitch Miller, Bing Crosby, etc, etc.  These are just a few examples of what was in the box:

I couldn't believe this one.  Remember, the four leaf clover came from a different yard sale.  It works, it really works!  I have some more good luck finds to post about as soon as I get some pictures.


  1. Oh wow if they arent treasures I dont know what is.I thinkk my heart would have stopped If I had seen them.I bet you are still grinning I know I would be.Maybe you can do some copys of the front pages to sell?If you do this is where I am lol xxx well done you!!

  2. I love saying that: "I'll take them all!" Congrats on your great scores -- sounds like your enthusiasm won over the seller.

  3. Wow ! You did do good !! Don't know what you paid, but from the tone of your post, You really scored!! :D Good for you !

  4. WOW, you really came home with some great treasures!!!!


  5. Wow! What awesome finds, better hang on to that clover!

  6. Hello Betsy! I enjoyed looking at each vintage magazine too. Antique and vintage stuff never fail to amaze me too. You are a winner here, great finds!

  7. Oh my gosh Betsy; how did you keep from squealing with delight? I probably would have and maybe even jumped a little. When I really like something, I can't hide it either, and the seller knows they have me on the hook. So glad you got a good deal, anyway. Blessings.

  8. I love the fashion magazines and you got the great suitcase also. What a great find. I love to look at the images on old sheet music. Sounds like you had a great weekend of shopping yard sales.

  9. I think I would have had a difficult time "finding my poker face," too, Betsy! I love vintage magazines and have quite a stash myself. I love reading them and comparing the styles, prices, products, etc. of yesteryear to today. And we both know the fun you'll have repurposing all that old sheet music. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. It's always a pleasure to have you.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  10. OMG! What an amazing find! I would have snatched them up too! I bet your are having a blast looking through them. Thank you for joining TTF and have a great day!

  11. WOW!!! Two 4-leaf clovers in one day...You are LUCKY!!! These are such great finds....a stack of magazines and a stack of music. Love it!!! Will we see a piece of music in your next necklace creation?

  12. What fabulous tresures! I got excited just looking at your pics and reading along. Congratulations!

  13. I love the suitcase full of old magazines - that is a real treasure! Finding the key was exciting, I know.
    I do play the piano and it would be so much fun to play those old songs.
    Great finds.
    Thanks for coming to THT

  14. EEEEgads!!! Fashion magazines and sheet music AND a vintage suitcase PLUS a lifetime of good luck. Good grief, girl, you hit the mother lode!!

  15. I can spend hours looking at vintage magazines. They give such insight into the past. Enjoy your find.

  16. Those are amazing! Congrats on the find!!!

  17. Hi Betsy, these are all just wonderful, REALLY lucky, I'd say. I too love old graphics AND old suitcases. Thanks for sharing with VIF, let us know if you frame any of these out! xo Debra


  19. Score! What great finds!!!

    Thanks for signing up for my giveaway and best of luck.
    hugs Lynn

  20. Betsy,
    What an awesome find. Great suitcase, and those magazines are amazing! Love the covers.

    barbara jean

  21. Score is right...sorry about the pun.

    I'm looking over a 4 leaf clover...I used to play that record when I was a really little kid on an old 78 in the back yard...fond memories! Thanks.

  22. Wonderful finds! I have fallen in love with your blog!

  23. What great graphics! Just wanted to stop by and invite you to Treasure Hunt Thursday formerly over at Blue Creek Home. Rhonda has passed it on to me and I would be honored for you to join us!:) Party starts at 8 pm central tonight!:)


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