Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Free Vintage World War I Photo Scrapbook Embellishment

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I fell in love with this vintage black and white World War I photo before I even knew what was written on the sign above the barrel. When I blew it up and read it, I liked it even more.

Apparently, ground-up peach stones were turned into charcoal dust that was used to filter poison gas fired at our soldiers during the war. It looks like these two fashionably dressed women posed while doing their civic duty and donated peach pits.

The sign on top of the barrel reads:

Throw Peach Stones in this Barrel

The U. S. Government Needs Them

Reduced to a Charcoal Powder

They Filter the Poison Out of Gas and Save Our Soldiers' Lives

Weren't they clever back then? And who do you think first came up with the idea to grind up peach pits to filter poison gas? I wouldn't be surprised if today we use all synthetic materials that filter out poisons but generate toxins as they're manufactured. Oh, the irony. Maybe that's a little cynical but I think in some ways we've actually gone backwards as we've moved forward.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Free Vintage Halloween Scrapbook Embellishment

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This free vintage Halloween card scrapbook embellishment features the lighter, cuter side of Halloween. I'm not certain of the age of the card but if my eyes aren't deceiving me, it was signed by Ellen Hattie Clapsaddle, the most prolific greeting card artist ever. She began painting greeting cards in approximately 1906. I'm not sure when she stopped painting but I know she was incapacitated and admitted to the Peabody Home in 1932. I think she stopped painting years before that, so that places the age of this card sometime between 1906 and let's say 1930.

You can usually tell an Ellen Clapsaddle painting because of the innocence of the subjects. She often painted children, and they always were at their cutest when she wielded her brush. This card is no exception. Instead of ghouls and goblins, witches and bats, Ellen chose to interpret Halloween through this sweet boy carving a happy-looking pumpkin. The text reads:

It's Halloween, when little boys
Are frightened by the slightest noise,
And little girls run off to bed,
And climb in quick, and hide their head.

If you prefer a little tamer view of Halloween, I'm sure you'll find lots of uses for this image on Halloween cards and invitations and, of course, in scrapbooks!

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