Monday, November 21, 2011

The humble card. . .

I like to shop on eBay for vintage treasures to keep and sell.  Sometimes the items I receive are awesome and exciting, other times not quite as wonderful as I thought they'd be.  But a few days ago I received a box in the mail that thrilled!

It was filled with Christmas cards.  Vintage Christmas cards, that is.  Most of them from the 30s and 40s - a lovely era for graphics.  Most of them in their original envelopes, complete with Christmas seals, very old stamps, and postmarks that read things like, "6:30 p.m. Dec 24 1941," and "Buy U.S. War Bonds; Ask Your Postmaster."  Oh - and did I mention that it was filled?  As in "to the brim?"

All of the cards were addressed to the Schoulteis family of Cold Spring, Kentucky.  Edna, Alma, and Elizabeth - although most of them were for Edna.  A handful were sent to Mr. and Mrs. John Schoulteis, and a couple were "in care of" him.  Cold Spring is a suburb of Cincinnati.  Turns out I'd been near Cold Spring many a time on trips home during college, as it was on the route between Carbondale, Illinois and home - even though home kept changing places back then. . . .

The box was like a miniature family history, tracing a family's relations and acquaintances from over the course of some 15-odd years.  Alma lived in Cincinnati from 1935 through around 1937.  Elizabeth was a teacher.  Edna had a suitor, Herbert L. Elijah of Ligonier, Indiana - a small town in the northeast corner of the state (and which is just a hop, skip and you know away from Angola, where my parents eloped in 1951).  Edna's girlfriends made references to the couple on their cards, but Herbert seemed to be a bit of a clod at romance.  Here is the card she received from him in 1937:

The poor dear. . . .  

He sent her the same card the following year.  He signed only his name in that one. 

It doesn't appear that they ever got married.

The war didn't stop the holiday greetings from coming. . . .



Oh how sweet to get a holiday "hug" in the mail from a friend!


May you have a delightful and wondrous holiday season. . .

hugs to you,


Saturday, November 5, 2011

When the Weather Outside is Frightful .... We Just Move Inside!

Oh how we junquers love to junque, which makes the winter a difficult time for some of us.  Skiers benefit from high tech snow making machines to extend their season.  Plants grow in artificial heat and light in green houses for their extended season.  But alas, we junquers cannot create the warm summer climate that makes our treasure hunting oh so pleasurable ... or can we?  If plants can be grown in green houses in the winter, why can't we go junquing in such an artificial climate as well?

OK, so maybe there was some sketchy logic in that opening paragraph, but the important thing is that we ARE going to enjoy a mid-winter flea.o.logy in January this coming year!!  Payson's Award Winning Olson's Garden Shoppe is going to be hosting a full fledged flea.o.logy in their wonderful, warm and sunny indoor garden area!!

Saturday, January 21st is the big day, so be sure to mark your calendar. The sale will open at 10:00 A.M. and will close at 5:00, giving you 7 lovely hours of junquing in January. 
 Does it get better than that?

We would like to thank Brad and Chris Olson and their staff for this wonderful invitation, as well as flea.o.logy vendor Cristy Peterson for arranging it.

Olson's Garden Shoppe is found at  1190 W 400 N in Payson, and is easy to find for your January Junquing!!
 Exit on Payson Main Street as if you were going to our regular flea.o.logy site, but turn west (right) two blocks early at 400 North, instead of at 200 North for the flea.o.logy site.  Follow 400 W. for 1.1 miles to the end of the road, Olson's Garden Shoppe is on your right.

Hope to see you there!!  We will have most of our regular flea.o.logy dealers, and they are already busy gathering goodies for your mid winter junquing fun.!!

Don't Miss Your Chance to Junque in January!!