Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Trash...or Beautiful Ephemera?
With some types of ephemera, I am amazed when I encounter one. One such item for me is napkins (or serviettes for you not in the U.S.!). Here is one type of paper I don't think I've ever collected, believe it or not! I kick myself for all those wasted opportunities while vacationing!
Oops, I take that back - here's one from Alterra Coffee in Milwaukee, which I kept just because I liked the rooster.
But believe it or not, one can find old napkins for sale, and in pretty darn good condition, too! Take these Schaeffer's and Schlitz beer napkins, which I got at Old Stuff Only - they're pristine! Obviously these babies were just killing time in a dry, dark box somewhere for ages. For something so gossamer, it's a miracle that they survived!
I just mentioned that I kick myself for not keeping napkins while on vacation - well, my Grammie did that for me. It's amazing to me how similar we are when it comes to what we find interesting or collectable. She held onto these for 25 years, until I inherited them (along with everything else of hers I've talked about here) in 2009. These were from her first trip to Europe (and a little bit of East German toilet paper she saved too!).
Here are a few of the art pieces I've made using the very versatile napkin: