Take the Time to Dig

I found these paper items at a garage sale last summer. They were all pulled from the same cardboard box that was packed full of old cards, postcards and letters. When I spotted this box I knew it was time to start digging. Out of the box came….

These are three “Useful Birds of America” information cards. Each card was originally a free prize/gift that was packaged in boxes of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. The cards are 3, 4, and 5 from the 15-piece ninth series. Each card is marked “Copyright in U.S. by Church and Dwight Co., Inc.” They date from 1938. The artist is Louis Agassiz Fuertes. Each card has the slogan, “For the good of all, do not destroy the Birds.”

Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-eyed Vireo, Eastern Phoebe

Back side with advertising and description of bird.

This large vintage Santa and his reindeer Christmas gift tag was also found.

I always love vintage Christmas.

My next find was an advertising book for the Rubber Paint Co. It dates from 1886! The paint sample book has wonderful drawing of Victorian homes with different paint schemes on each page. It also gives directions on how to apply Rubber Paint and multiple quotes of people recommending the product. I am missing the first two and last two pages, but the pages I do have make up for it. It even has the original red twine that is all that binds the pages.

And finally my favorite snag from the box is this Stereograph. It is titled, “The Castle of Chillion, Lake Geneva, Switzerland.” It has a copyright date of 1904 and is labeled “The Art Nouveau (Platino) Stereograph, C. H. Graves, Publisher, Phila., U.S.A.” Could you imagine visiting this Castle? This is my one and only Stereograph photo and I don’t own a viewer. I need to borrow one of Angela’s or Austin’s stereoscopes to get the true 3D beauty of this Castle.

Unlike my Pyrex collection which is large, heavy and takes up tons of space, paper items are usually small and easy to store. The best part was the price. I paid a total of $1 for everything, so it can definitely be worth it to take the time and dig.

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