Friday, December 31, 2010

Orphan Photo # 83 Swedish Lady in CDV Vintage

Poising in this vintage CDV photo is a young woman from Sweden. She appears to be early 20's and dressed in probably one of her best dresses. She has a scarf wrapped around her neck with a piece of jewelry holding it together. In addition we can see a small corsage.

Photo was found among others in Minnesota.
Photographer F E Dahlberg Upsala.
Sadly we have no name so we do not know who she was.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Orphan Photo # 82 Swedish Lady in CDV Vintage Photo Sweden

Orphan photo is a Vintage CDV is of a middle age woman from Kalmar. Sadly there is no name on this photo so no way to identify her.

Photographer is John Nilsson of Kalmar

I love to look at these old photos and see how women dressed at different time periods.

No flesh showing, buttons up the front and a small collar.

This photo is probably from the early 1900's.
Thanks for stopping by.. hope that you will take a few minutes to view some of my other vintage photos. .. Grace

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Orphan Photo # 81 SEPIA SATURDAY 4 LADIES ... 4 Great HATS Vintage Photo

For Sepia Saturday I am sharing a really adorable photo with four beautiful women in hats. I found this at an estate sale and could not pass it by.

All are beautiful and every hat is some what different. Hope that you enjoy viewing this great vintage photo.
I am sharing this posting at Sepia Saturday

Thanks for visiting... hope that you visit again really soon.. Grace

Friday, December 24, 2010

Wishing You A Merry Christmas With A Few Thoughts From Me

Meet my great nephews and neice .. are they not adorable.. Boy do I miss seeing those faces weekly.
As this wonderful Christmas holiday approaches us I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and pray that we all welcome in a wonderful New Year. I pray that our next year is better and more prosperous than the last for all of us.
As we share the holidays with our family and friends lets please think and pray for those that are less fortunate then us.Pray for the hungry, the homeless and those suffering from addictions , diseases and mental illness. My one thought always is " but for the grace of God there go I ".
Lets take a moment and pray for our service men and service women. And for those that are in harms way in a foreign country give them an extra thought and prayer. Pray for their families that are left here to deal with every day happenings without them. The majority of them do so much for so little.
Lets pray for our government officials that they have the wisdom to do what is best for all of us and the knowledge to do it with out fighting.
If you are still blessed to have your parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts be thankful. Take a moment to hug and kiss them. Take a few minutes and ask them to share their stories with you. Some day sadly they will be gone and you will then wish that you knew more of their history.
I am reminded of a conversation at my hubby's birthday party. I made a comment about getting married the first time and my step son and his family had never heard that story. I have been married to husband #2 for almost 22 years. We celebrate our wedding anniversary on the 30Th of December. They know very little about my history. That is probably my fault and maybe some of theirs.

This is hubby and me 10 years ago at a dinner theater on New Years eve. Guess it is time to get a new nice picture of us. He still has the tie and I probably still have that outfit. Question is can I still get into it.
So much contact today is emails and text messages. I personally detest text messages saying" happy anything " Take a moment and call your family. Here a voice and say I love you to some one. When I get one I just delete it as if it did not happen. Except for one text message from my grand daughter Kirsten. She sent me one and it is of a loud " Kiss " and "I Love You"I play it often. It was not sent for a birthday, Christmas message or any reason other than she thought of me and sent it. Grandpa got one too. Thanks Kirsten I smile when I replay it.
I am busy always searching and writing about my ancestors but I guess it is time to do some sharing of my life in writing. How I wish I had more of my parents, grandparents and past relatives stories. There are so many stories untold. As I share some of my life on my family blog site I have been printing some of them so I can give to family in the future.
Now with all of that I will leave you for now. It is time to make another pot of coffee, put on one of my favorite Christmas movies " Love Actually " with Hugh Grant and make my Watergate Salad for our Christmas eve party tonight.
I appreciate all of you that take a moment to visit my sites and to those of you who leave a message an extra thank you . Merry Christmas to you and your families .. Grace

Monday, December 20, 2010

Family Photos Vintage Cars Need Help Identifying

I am going through family photos and these are two cars my father owned.
My dad loved cars way to much. Every time my mama turned around my dad had traded in his car. Some where there is a list of some of the cars he owned. Wish I could find that piece of paper.

I am showing these photos here and hoping some car person can identify them for me.

First car is when we lived in Texas . Probably was later 1940's . I can not make out the exact year but think I see a 4?. The license plate is Texas for sure and I think it says Kaiser on the front.

What year and is it a Kaiser?

Second car is parked on a street some where. looks like snow on ground so either Michigan or Minnesota.
I love the buildings and signs in the back ground. Conoco, S& H, Grain belt. I am working on trying to figure out the building on the left towards back sign on building may help me identify where taken

Okay on the car what year and make?

I want to look for more photos of my dad's cars to put together in an album as a great tribute to him and his cars.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Orphan Photo # 80 Sepia Vintage Scandinavian Males In CDV Photos

Here are two handsome gentlemen in Sepia CDV photos. Both are Scandinavian vintage photos that I picked up some years ago here in Minnesota.

First photo photographer looks like Hj Kylander Torsas. He appears to be in his late teens. What a sweet serious pose.

Second photo is of a handsome young man probably very early 20's . Photographer is Joh Thorsen Christiania.

Both of these photos are so sweet but sadly have no names on them.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Orphan Photo # 79 Swedish Vintage CDV Sepia Man With Mustache # 3

Vintage CDV Sepia Photo Man With Mustache # 3 Orphan Photo is Swedish I think.

Handsome young man with small mustach. Probably from the late 1880's. Photographer is Ekstroms Atelier Nybro.

Sadly there is no name on this orphan ophoto. I bought this some years ago here in Minnesota.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Vintage Orphan Photo # 78 CDV Sepia Man With Big Mustache #2

Here is another Vintage Sepia Photo Man With Big Mustache posting #2. This is a CDV or
carte de visite or visiting card picture of another handsome young man with a mustache, but he also has a very neatly trimmed beard. Dressed in probably his best suit he is posing for us. His suit is a 3 piece with wide collar. If you note his tie is different than yesterday's posting. This one is thin and has a piece of jewelry or button in the middle.

The back of the photo shows us that it was printed by U Scott's Photograph Gallery
in G W Miller's New Block Waterloo Iowa P O Box 255
Sadly we have no name so this is another orphan photo that I have bought for my online store to sell. We do no that he probably lived in Iowa at this time, He appears to be early 20's. CDV became popular around the 1860's to 1890's. This tells us he was born some time in the later 1800's. To better date this we would need to be able to date his clothing and I am not an expert on that. My best guess is that this is dated around 1890. What do you think?
For more information on the CDV you can read here
thanks for stopping by... hope that you will visit again real soon. Grace

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Vintage Orphan Photo # 77 Sepia Photo Man With Big Mustache

Today I am sharing another wonderful vintage CDV photo from my collection of photos for sale. This is of a handsome young man with a big neatly groomed mustache. His hair is slicked down and probably dressed in his best suit.

Photographer is Perkins & Co of Grand Rapids ( probably Michigan and not Minnesota. No name on photo so another orphan photo. This is probably from the early 1900's and gentleman was in his 20's I would think.
Hope that you have enjoyed another one of my vintage photos. Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you will return soon... Grace
Looking at these old photos is a great way to see what was in fashion at that period.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hunting For Treasures ... Jewelry Bling

Here is some pretty vintage Jewelry treasures I found recently. Will be re purposing them somehow. I love rhinestones and faux pearls.

I am sharing this at
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays

Vintage Thingie Thursday

Thrifty Thursday

We Did It Wednesday

Feature Yourself Friday

Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Monday, December 13, 2010

Orphan Photo # 76 Adorable Chubby Twin Babies Vintage Real Postcard 1900's Orphan Photo

Take a peek at this wonderful vintage real postcard that is in my collection for sale. What adorable chubby little babies. They are probably twins but the one on the left seems a bit heavier. Perfectly poised in a Victorian chair. Sadly we have no names or where they came from. They are among my orphan photos.
Thanks for stopping by.. hope that you will visit again very soon. Grace

Friday, December 10, 2010

Craft Show On My Mind

This is what is on my mind today.

This is on my mind" is a Friday photo feature that anyone with a blog can join. It can open the door to us sharing our lives with these photos. This can give us all a new way to discover each other, and maybe form new friendships. Hosted by Rhonda at the Down to Earth blog.

What is on my mind is getting ready for a craft/art show that is tomorrow (12/11). The Weather people on the TV are telling us that there is a snow storm coming. If it hits heavy tomorrow this probably will hurt us at the show.
This will be my first craft/art show in 15 years and I am /was looking for good results.
Time will tell how it turns out. In the mean time I am still working.
This little Christmas Tree is what I am working to finish today. It is made with vintage 2"by 2" squares hot glued to a Styrofoam Christmas Tree. Very time consuming but so pretty.
What is on your mind? Check the other postings at Down to Earth and join in if you have a blog.
Thanks for stopping by.. you can view my other craft items at other postings. Grace

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Vintage Orphan CDV Photo # 75 1900's Couple Orphan Picture

Today's photo that I am sharing is a vintage CDV of a couple from the early 1900's. They are well dressed so probably were prosperous. She is dressed in a beautiful dress with darker trim decorating the bodice and wearing a hoop under her skirt that was the style then. Her husband is dressed in a three piece suit and appears some what older than her.

Sadly there is no name on the photo or photographer noted so we have no idea where they lived or who they were.

Thanks for stopping by.. hope that you will take a moment and look at my other photos. Please stop back soon... Grace

Friday, November 19, 2010

Orphan Photo # 35

Tonight posting is for Sepia Saturday and featuring this adorable baby. I have him in the previous posting and a vintage picture holder I have made to hold the picture. He stands out any way I post him. Take a peek at that hair do.
I am sharing this on SepiaSaturday
Happy Sepia Saturday.. Grace

Monday, November 8, 2010

Rare 1923 Franklin Sugar Recipe Book

I love Estate sales, garage sales, thrift stores and antique stores. We are always on the hunt for some treasure to buy and resell on the Internet to help suppliment our income.

Yesterday we were out hunting and stopped at a small estate/garage sale. Boy was it chilly. November in Northern Minnesota is not really garage sale time.

Well in this garage is a pile of books and as I look through them I found craft books on quilting, basket making and a couple of recipe/cookbooks to sell on the internet.
One of them was " The Franklin Sugar Sweetmeat book printed in 1923. Small recipe book and only 64 pages.

I will be listing it tonight on eBay but until it sell will share some of the recipes with you at my other blog Stop over there if interested

It is rare and I have only found 2 other copies for sale on the Internet so far.
I will be posting this at
What have you found recently at sales. Thanks for stopping by..

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sentimental Sunday..Orphan Photo # 73 Precious Baby Zelma Orphan CDV Photo

I always feel sentimental when I look at vintage baby photos. So precious and these photos have been separated from their families for some reason.

This is a vintage CDV and is of a little baby. Only idenifying marks is the name Zelma written on the back.

Hope that you enjoy my vintage photos.... Grace

Friday, November 5, 2010

Sepia Saturday Orphan Photo # 72 of Darling Young Child From Minnesota

Today's posting of an Orphan Photo is a sweet looking darling young child from St. Paul Minnesota. I bought this at an estate sale some years ago.
Photographer is S M Taylor of West 7th Street.

I think this is a young girl but with the short hair is hard to be sure. Dressed in a very nice dress with large lacy collar. Around the neck is a small cross.

What a doll. Sadly there is no name on the back to identify this young child. Take a look at the back to see how beautifully it is designed.

I am posting for the first time at Sepia Saturday.. You can visit others at for more vintage photos.

I hope that you enjoy my vintage photos and will let me know you have visited. Please take a moment before you leave to see some of my other vintage photos.

Thanks Grace

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Orphan Photo # 71 Darling Young Child Great Pose in Vintage Cabinet Photo from Wisconsin

Today's posting is of another darling young child in a vintage Cabinet Photo. Not sure if a boy or girl but thinking maybe a boy because of the hair cut. Dressed in a long dress with big ruffles at the neck and bottom of sleeves.

photographer is Harry R Park of Water town Wisconsin
Sadly no name to identify this adorable precious child.

Thanks for stopping by.. hope that you will take a moment at some of my other vintage postings... Grace

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Orphan Photo #70 Precious Little Girl From Chicago.. Great Fashion

Today's Orphan Photo is of a precious young girl. What a sweet little girl, her long hair and smile are two of her features. She is dressed in a two piece outfit with skirt mid leg and tall boots that button up the side.
Photographer is Ahlborn of Chicago, Illinois.

Sadly there is no name on the back of photo.

I have decided to put her up for sale on ebay at this time. If you have any interested in vintage photos just follow the link
then search for my offerings for sale.

Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Orphan Photo # 69 Adorable Baby in Cabinet Photo

Today's posting is on a beautiful vintage cabinet photo of an adorable baby. Sweet face. There is no name on the back so no idea who this child is.
Photographer A Conrad in Sequin Texas

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Witchy Creations Using Vintage Photos

I decided I would make a few Halloween Multi Media Witch creations to put in my case at an Antique Mall. They were fun to make and I hope that you enjoy seeing them.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Orphan Photo # 68 Precious Baby in LONG Dress South Chicago Illinois

Today's orphan photo is of a precious young baby in the longest dress in a cabinet photo. Baby has hardly any hair and the look on its face is " okay lets get this over with please "

Photographer is Lindner of South Chicago Illinois.

No name so we have no idea who this little child is.

Thanks again, please look around my site at some of my other orphan photos.. Grace

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Multi Media Art... Altered Vintage Book and Vintage Pieces

This is my second multi media art using a vintage book, vintage lace , vintage CDV photo of a pretty lady and pieces of jewels.

Thanks for stopping by.. hope that you will take a look at some of my other vintage items. Grace

Vintage Orphan Photo # 67 Cars Dapper Dressed Man and Boy and Coffee Shop Sign

Here is a great old photo I picked up at an estate sale some time ago. I am guessing it is from the 1930's. Pictured is one car with what looks like two women sitting in the front seat. Standing out side in their best clothes is a young man and young boy. Both are wearing hats. Parked next is another car showing only part of it.

In the back ground is a building with a sign over the door. With a magnifying glass I can read that it says coffee shop.

There is no name or notation of where this was taken. Back has marks showing that it came out of a photo album

I love old photos and hope that you enjoy this one.

Please take a moment and look at some of my other old photos.. Grace

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Orphan Photo # 66 Darling Vintage Cabinet Photo of Baby From Texas

Here is another great orphan photo from Texas. This is a cabinet photo of the cutest young baby. Photographer is A Conrads from Seguin, Texas. Sadly there is no name on the back so no way to know who this precious child was.
Thanks for stopping by.. hope that you will take a moment and see some of my other vintage photos. Grace

Monday, October 4, 2010

Vintage Real Photo Postcard Three Men in Car

This is a great vintage Real Photo Postcard I bought at an estate sale some time back. Three handsome young men are pictured sitting in a car. Best part is they are identified. Driving the car is Allan Livar , in the back seat is Frank Montagel and Jack Thenel. The writing of their last name is hard to read so hope that the names are spelt correctly.
This is postmarked February 16 1914 from Atlanta Ga.
This is addressed to Miss N. M. Williams of Jacksonville Florida.
Written is The boy on the seat with me is my roommate. The other is a friend of mine from Meridian. Jack

Thanks for stopping by... Grace

Saturday, October 2, 2010

My First Multi Media Art Vintage Photo, Lace and Jewelry

This is my first attempt at multi media art and I think it is kind of pretty. I found a vintage book at a library sale and took the cover as my back ground. To this I have glued vintage lace, faux pearls, an old rhinestone pin and vintage key found at the flea market. Main part of the art work is this old photo of a beautiful young woman. Here hair is parted and in waves. Around her neck is a large ruffle. She looks kind of sad to me.

I found a piece of an old poem ... " The world is empty in my heart; in my heart I feel my lifelong lonliness.

Plan to put this in my case at the antique mall soon for sale.

Thanks for stopping by... Grace

Lesson from a 62 year old lady.. Listen to body and go to doctor

My voice has been quite the last couple of weeks. Reason is I was very sick. Started on the 13th my 62nd birthday ( happy birthday to me ) . Started to have pain in my groin area. I am a stubborn lady and thought I had pulled a muscle. I am not very active so not sure how I could of done this. I laid in bed taking Tylenol for 1 week with ice packs.
Finally got some sense and got out of bed. Went to urgent care, emergency room next and into the hospital. Next day I was in surgery and found I had an infection. Just the luck of the universe I guess. I spent 11 days in the hospital on pain pills and antibiotics. I am now home with a wound vac and will be like this for 2 to 3 weeks with going to out patient for wound changes three times a week.

I am sharing this adventure to hopefully be a lesson to others. I hope that you are not as stubborn as I am and if not feeling well do not wait a week thinking all will be better. I was very ill with infection going down my leg. I am glad I went in when I did and had the brilliant young doctor's I had.

So dear friends in blog land and face book. Listen to your body and go to doctor if not feeling perfect.
And thank you to my family for visiting and for the little voices of my grandchildren who could not visit telling me " I love you grandma, get well" Nothing better than hearing those words.
I am glad to be home. Grace

Friday, September 10, 2010

Vintage Photos of Duluth and Lake Superior Area and Superior Wisconsin

Here are five pretty vintage photos I found this Labor Day weekend at the Flea Market.

The first one is of the SS Wayne Duluth Superior Harbor

next is Silver Creek Cliff and Lake Shore Drive Along Lake Superior Historical Plaque in Left Foreground Sheer Above Gitchee Gumee. Silver Creek Cliff, 30 miles north of Duluth, 4 miles beyond Two Harbors,on the famous North Shore Drive is one of the most spectacular features of the entire drive. The highway cuts a deep notch in the shoulder of the rock cliff, with Lake Superior straight down below you , and the sheer rock rising straight above you.

last is Gooseberry Falls and River Minnesota Scenic North Shore Drive .. here is one of the many waterfalls on the Scenic North Shore Drive, located in the Gooseberry State Park about 40 miles north of Duluth.

Here are two more vintage photos .. .. they are of Tower Ave and Patterson Park both in Superior Wisconsin

Manitou Falls Patterson State Park Superior Wisconsin

and Tower Avenue , Looking North Superior Wisconsin this view shows the business district of this thriving Wisconsin city, where are located the various modern and up to date retail stores.

These establishments serve this progressive city with a population of over 35,000.

These 5 vintage photos will be put in my booth at the Antique Mall here in Duluth Minnesota on Canal Park for $20.00. If interested contact me through the comments. I take pay pal.

Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Labor Day Flea Market Fun Treasures and Rusty Finds

We had a great weekend visiting the twin cities of Minnesota. We spent time with family and friends and got to visit the Flea Market. This flea market only happens three times a year. Memorial Day , 4th of July and Labor Day weekends.

No I did not buy her.. would of been fun.
I was on the search for items to resell on the eBay and Amazon. Items to put into the Antique Mall I just joined and items to turn into multi media art.

Lots of fun rusty finds. Old horse shoes, keys, hinges postcards, vintage photo album plus other fun treasures.

Hope that you all had a great Labor Day weekend. Will post pictures of some of my treasures soon. Thanks for stopping by.. Grace