Tuesday, January 25, 2011

~White Wednesday # 84~


Has it already been a week since I last posted? Doesn't seem that long ago and I don't feel like I got very much done in the last week. I seem to have a hard time staying focused this time of year. I always blame it on the weather, but it might also be because I have so many things going through my head that I'd like to get done that it's a bit overwhelming.

I did get out and do some junking last Friday and found a few goodies. I've been looking for some old letters and envelopes for a while now. I have a great old architectural piece that I wanted to use to display them. I finally found some and had a good time reading through them.....at least trying to decipher the handwriting. Most of them were from 1885 and written by a daughter to her mother. Stamps back then were only 2 cents and their stationary and envelopes were so fancy along with everything handwritten in cursive. Enjoy! xoxo K.


Here I show an old photo of someone who I could picture having written these letters so long ago.

Lastly I would like to tell you about a wonderful giveaway for a beautiful book called Belle Blanc. Make sure you go over and check it out. This is definelty a book I'd love to have to add to my collection of decorating books.




62 comments:

  1. Kathleen,
    You old postcards and the piece you choose to display them are wonderful! I love how you photos turned out, very nice.
    Sherry

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  2. j'adore old handwritten letters. I too wonder who wrote them.... what their lives were like. it will be a "lost art" soon if we all turn to cyberspace only to express our thoughts to those we love. so sad. i try to keep it "alive" by sending cards and letters from time to time. It is so important. Happy WW mon amie!

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  3. I for one would like to hear what the daughter had to say to her mother!! I am so curious that way and it was such a long time ago now, but reading the letter would be like it is just happening.

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  4. Such lovely handwriting on the old letters and you have displayed them beautifully. Thank goodness for pack rats so such letters still exist. :)

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  5. ohmygoodness, the penmanship is so beautiful. What gorgeous finds! Thanks Kathleen for my favorite day of the week!
    XOXO,
    Debra

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  6. how lovely are the letters you found! the penmanship is so beautiful. I would love to write like that.
    and the piece is fantastic, the perfect amount of aging...

    Karen

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  7. What treasures you've happened upon! That looks wonderfully decorative. And such rich history!
    Brenda

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  8. My goodness it has been so long since I did a White Wednesday party! Me and white are not on a first name basis with my tribe of slobs. Love your piece you found. The letters look great in it!

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  9. You are so lucky Kathleen! I have been looking too and have not been as fortunate as you , but I will keep up the hunt. Isn't that half the fun?? Beautiful display!!
    Blessings~

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  10. Love the old style handwriting....very pretty post. Thank you for hosting the White Wednesdays!

    Faye
    (wildrosevintage)

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  11. Love the way you displayed the old letters and photos in your gorgeous architectural piece.

    Thanks
    Rhonda

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  12. This is all so beautiful and interesting to look at. I'm always looking too, but I need to get to some markets! Wonderful!

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  13. Oh, I do love old letters! You have created another stunning vignette. Thanks so much for hosting this party.

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  14. What a wonderful find. I admire the beautiful script of many individuals from that period in time. I've always felt handwriting is a lovely art form. Thank you for sharing these treasures and for hosting White Wednesday. ~ Sarah

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  15. Oh, I love old letters! Love the paper, the handwriting, everything. They're perfect in the piece, too. And I will try not to envy that architectural piece. ;-)

    Wanda @ Just Vintage
    http://shopjustvintage.com/blog

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  16. Kathleen, I so love the old letters what a beautiful display!!

    Have a great week! Sending you love from Cali!!

    xo
    Kate
    Ps when are you coming to visit us again:)

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  17. A very beautiful and inspiring post.
    I am in need of some midwinter thrifting spirit uplifting.

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  18. I LOVE the way you used all those old letters! What an awesome way to blend them with your architectural pieces. I love the old handwriting, so much nicer than we have today. It is always an "extra" for me when I can put together who the letters were written too. Again, love your post today!

    Take care, Sue

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  19. Thanks for hosting these great WW's, Kathleen. Oh, how I wish our culture still wrote beautiful letters like the ones you display. Lucky finds for you!
    - Susan

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  20. That display is gorgeous! The writing on the letters makes me feel embarrassed of the chicken scratch that I send out! It must have felt so special to get something in the mail with penmanship like that. Thanks for the party! Theresa xoxo

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  21. Kathleen,
    Thank you for hosting!
    Your letters are beautifully displayed. What a lovely idea! And the chippiness adds to the allure!

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  22. I love all the oldness...looks fantastic.
    'Thanks so much for hosting this fun meme..
    xo bj

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  23. Kathleen the postcards are wonderful, the writing is just beautiful, I wish we still wrote like that, it certainly was an art.
    Love the architecture too
    Blessings
    RE

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  24. Hi Kathleen, what gorgeous old letters! I love your architectural piece, and the way you've displayed them. People wrote so pretty back then, I think we've really got away from that, I wonder why, they're just gorgeous. Thank you for hosting again, xoxo tami

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  25. I have never seen anything like this post. It is like going back to a simpler time...elegant. Becoming a follower.
    Mary Ann

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  26. Kathleen, those letters and their display are so lovely! We've been watching Deadwood lately, which harks back to the late 1800's, and its so interesting how formal and elegant the language and manners were, even in the midst of a very rough life. Its too bad we've lost that elegance in today's world, and its nice to see a reminder of it.

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  27. I adore any handwritten item from days gone by.
    I just found an old pocket ledger today from 1913 listing postal prices.
    .01 for packages .05 if going further than 1800 miles. This selection and how it is displayed is making my heart jump for joy.
    Happy WW
    AMY

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  28. Thank you so much for the opportunity to join in...Your blog is simply enchanting!!!
    XO

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  29. Hi Kathleen
    Hooray! I linked to your White Wednesday, I haven't done that before. I'm giving away a Jeanne d' Arc magazine tomorrow on my blog. Have you seen January's issue ? Its gorgeous.
    I'll see you soon
    Sue
    ps Are you ready ? Me either. haha

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  30. Those letters look great on that FABULOUS architectural piece!

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  31. Beautiful stationery find!!

    I'm so with you on the 'overwhelmed this time of year'. So many things to do I do not know where to start.

    I guess, in the middle. =)

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  32. I would love to find some old letters. Yours are so beautiful. What a great find. Happy WW

    Rebecca

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  33. I wish I wrote my cursive that beautifully. What lovely letters and I adore how you displayed them. Truly charming.

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  34. What treasures, thanks for hosting:-)
    Hugs, Biljana

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  35. I love what you've done-I simply adore old architectural pieces!

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  36. Hi Kathleen,
    This is my first time visiting your blog and it is lovely. I love the old handwriting on letters and I buy vintage postcards for the writing not the picture. I added my thumbnail to your list #91. Thank you for such a beautiful blog.
    leslie

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  37. Hi Kathleen, I just love the old letter... and you have them displayed so lovely! Thanks for hosting!!!
    Blessings~~ Daphne

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  38. Wow..you must know how much I love this post...what a collection that is! Love the one that says "HAMILTON" on it(thats our city's name) so cool! Know how you feel too about this time of year,its soooooo blah! x0x0

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  39. Dear Kathleen,
    Your home reminds me of those fabulous interiors I am admiring in Jeanne d'Arc Living Magazine! The old architectural piece is amazingly gorgeous, and so are the antique handwritten letters. I am a hoarder of ephemera too, it's such a pity people don't write letters anymore!
    Happy WW, thanks for hosting,
    Monica x.

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  40. The old letters are just lovely!
    It has been a long while since I've done a White Wednesday. Glad to join in!

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  41. Hi Kathleen,
    I really love the way you displayed the letters in that lovely old shelf!

    Thank you for hosting again,

    Carolyn

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  42. Loving YOUR Architectural Salvage with a natural time-worn chippy paint patina!!!
    Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

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  43. oh, they are beautiful, I wish we wrote like that now, I just heard that they are going to stop teaching cursive in schools, with all the texting no one writes anymore, sad!

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  44. Wow I love that piece!
    Last week I showed my white dresser and on it I have all the letters my Grandparents wrote to each other! I love the penmanship!
    I love old letters and postcards!

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  45. I love your beautiful piece and the letters display. they look wonderful together. What a lost art--letter writing!! Just love the beautiful penmanship. Isn't it amazing that one of the letters has nothing but the name, city and state!!!

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  46. Lovely post Kathleen! Reminds me that a friend "lent" me old letters and photos to enjoy...another good thing to do on a snowy day!

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  47. I love old post cards and letters!
    Theresa
    aka:tot

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  48. I seen that new book from Belle Blanc mentioned oh their blogs months ago and thought it would be a must have for us all.

    Thanks again for this fun Wednesday

    Janice

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  49. Happy White Wednesday!

    hope you are having a blessed week:))

    Kay Ellen

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  50. Wonderful treasure!!

    Chippy texture on the piece is great :))

    Happy WW!

    Smiles,
    K

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  51. I love those letters the writing is beautiful.

    I have been on the out look for some to put in my old desk and use for altered art cards.
    You have the ones I want LOL

    Janice

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  52. ...love those scrolly letters!
    Can you imagine a note from your love, in handwriting such as that??!!
    whew!! Now THAT would be steamy!!!

    xo, Rosemary

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  53. Isn't the penmanship so enchanting? ... your letters are gorgeous as well as the salvaged architecture!

    Thanks for sharing and hosting!!
    xo
    Jill

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  54. I LOVE the collection of vintage letters you have, Kathleen! They're aged to perfection!! I also love the way you've displayed them in that awesome salvaged arechitectural piece! I want to find a place to do that in my home... thanks for the inspiration and for hosting every week!
    Happy WW!
    xo,
    Jo :)

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  55. Don't you just love old letters? I go a box at auction all to the same person and dated 1870-1890. They were correspondence letters or what we call now pen pal letters. Ended up one of them was from a boy that became a very famous artist. He had even drew illustrations in the letter. I love the chippy paint display shelf you have yours on. It is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. ~~Sherry~~

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  56. What a great architectural piece! I would love to have something like that. The old letters/postcards are a great addition. The penmanship was so pretty back then. A lost art for sure. Email, text, etc.. don't allow for it.

    Thanks for hosting! I'm on the tail end :)

    Take care,
    ~Michelle :)

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  57. What a wonderful find! I would pour over those letters and enjoy the journey back in time, imagination fully engaged. You displayed them beautifully. Thanks for your lovely post and for hosting White Wednesday. It is such a delightful party.
    Best to you,
    Lynn at Cottage and Creek

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  58. I SO adore anything with the old handwriting on it...I especially love the letter you have with the large, rounded letters - FABULOUS! Thanks for hosting WW - thanks for letting so many play along. Happy day - Tanya

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  59. What a gorgeous post. I collect old letters too. I am an ephemera junkie. I think that all the things we put on the back burner during the holidays surfaces when things are still. It's like our mind is cleaning house.

    I love your blog.
    Karen

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  60. What an awesome piece - i am so jealous!!

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  61. HI
    I'm quite pleased with the ifonrmation in this post.nice and useful!
    thank you!

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