Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Greetings, ghouls and goblins, and Happy Halloween!

I'm going to be honest - I had to search high and low for some Halloween ephemera.  This is the closest I could come, and it's a reproduction of a vintage poster that I found on some cool Cavellini wrapping paper.

I think I have more Valentine's Day ephemera than I do Halloween, without even trying!  Maybe it's because up until ten or fifteen years ago Halloween wasn't that big of a deal in the adult realm, at least in terms of a collective consciousness.

Growing up, I remember my dad telling us that after the age of 12 we weren't allowed to Trick-or-Treat anymore, because Halloween should be reserved for "kids".  My parents were/are not Halloween people.  I think a lot of my parents' generation felt the same way, that October 31 was reserved for kids only.  To my knowledge, there were no grown-up Halloween goings-on in my neighborhood!

Now, with the advent of Halloween superstores, adults are partying more than ever.  Here is proof that even Brian and I got in on the fun (thanks for the photo, Sue!).

It'll be interesting to see what sort of Halloween ephemera will be unearthed in the future.  Greeting cards, costume tags, magazine ads - I'll keep on the lookout and report back.  :D

In the meantime - if you are celebrating tonight, for Pete's sake PLEASE be careful!

Here's an ATC I made a couple years ago with a Halloween-based tissue and some table scraps.  Candy corn ahoy!


P.S.  Don't forget - you have until 5 p.m. CDT tomorrow to sign up for the Paper Flea Market gift certificate giveaway!  Sign up today!   

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Fun Friday Giveaway! :D

Happy Friday, everyone!  Can you believe it?  I think this week just flew!

So to celebrate this Friday before Halloween, what do you all say to another GIVEAWAY?  :D

That's right!  Our good friend Trina over at The Paper Flea Market is giving away a $20 gift certificate!  If you haven't been on the shop's site yet, head on over!  Trina's got LOTS of wonderful goodies for Ephemeraologists like you and me!  Here are some of my favorites:



Vintage print shop labels - you can get four of these beauts for only $1.25!






This wonderful sheet full of paper doll clothes - I've bought quite a few of these myself, and you get the whole sheet for only $3!








A bundle of TEN letters for only $1.50!  I have a lot of these bundles but I can't stop buying them!  :D







Some of you may remember this box from my post about typewriter stuff - well, you can get one of your own ON SALE - it's only a buck!






So as you can see, there are tons of wonderful treasures just waiting to be taken home!  To enter the contest, here's all you have to do:

1.  Either post in the comments below or on the Facebook page (not both, please) your favorite item from the Paper Flea Market site;
2.  Leave your e-mail address in the "name(at)domain(dot)com" format so that I can easily find you! If you skip this step you won't be considered - sorry!
3.  You have until Tuesday, November 1 at 5 p.m. CDT to enter!  At that time I'll draw a name using random.org's number generator.  If you don't respond by Friday, November 4 at noon, I'll draw another name.
4.  It would be great if you could follow Trina at her blog, follow my blog (if you don't already), and follow my Facebook page!  :D

Thanks so much, everyone - and best of luck!





Thursday, October 27, 2011

Car People

Are you a "car person"?  Okay, most of the time when I refer to "car people", I say "car guys".  But that's not always the case - I'm sure there are many women out there who love cars as much as "car guys".

I grew up with "car guys".  My dad was one, and my brothers followed suit.  My brothers are 14 and 18 years older than I and we never lived in the same household.  But some of my earliest memories are of them and their cars, either doing demolition derbies or changing the oil or just plain "talking car" (it is a language all its own).  My youngest brother Kevin owns a SWEET 1969 Boss 302 Mustang that he restored himself.

As much as my dad and brothers are/were "car guys", none of them holds a candle to Rick, my brother in-law. Now he's a CAR GUY.

Ah, yes - the model Ralph Nader dubbed
"Unsafe at any Speed"!  :D
Rick goes about his "car guyness" a different way - yes, he owns vintage cars that he loves, but he also buys investments.  He enjoys them all but there are some brands he likes more than others.  Currently (and this will certainly change in the future) he owns a '67 Mustang, a '68 Firebird and an '03 Corvette.  Rick bought the Corvette as an investment but that doesn't mean he and my sister in-law Kristin don't mind taking it on convertible cruises.  :D

Seeing as how I'm clueless when it comes to the inner workings of my automobile (I do know how to add oil and jump-start a car, though!), I've always admired guys who can work on cars.  I think we'll see less and less of this as the years roll on, seeing as how there are so many electronics and computer parts in cars these days.  Personally, my car has power-nothing and I like it that way - less stuff to break!  (Seriously.  I still have roll-down windows and push-up locks!)

When I came across this Chevrolet catalog for sale at Old Stuff Only, I knew I had to have it.  In fact, I bought two of them - one to save and one to use in my art work.  Isn't it MARVELOUS?!?!?  It's full color throughout and in mint condition.  What I love (and find hysterical) is the size of these cars - as my friend Jacq, who owned a Cougar, would say, "It's like driving a living room!".

I love old cars myself, but I like the super-vintage ones like Packards, Crosleys, Studebakers, Tuckers, etc.  More on those in a later post.

And yes!  I love making collages with these beautiful cars - they're such a fun subject!  :D


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Famous People?

What constitutes fame? If you asked 100 U.S. citizens, they'd probably tell you that fame = celebrity. To be honest, I'd probably say the same. But since when has this been true?

Check out these wonderful tea cards I got from my friend Robin in a recent MAJOR haul! The lot contained about 35 of these, some of them doubles. They were issued with your purchase of Brooke Bond tea. If you've surmised by now that these are British, you'd be correct. :D

The name of this series is "Famous People". And yes, they are all "famous", but not in the way we'd call famous today. For example, the handsome gentleman in the upper right is Lord Mountbatten, or as they put it on the back of the card, Admiral of the Fleet The Right Honourable The Earl Mountbatten of Burma KG GCB OM GCSI GCIE GCVO DSO PC FRS. Good lord! :D Yes, he's "famous", but how many of us reading this post would know him from sight?  Certainly not me!


When I first looked through these cards, I got that panicky feeling of "oh no, I'm not going to know any of these people, who I really should know from school had I been paying attention". After I'd read the backs of the cards, five stood out for me:  George Bernard Shaw, Charlie Chaplin, Lewis Carroll, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Charles Dickens. I would guess that 99 out of a hundred of you reading would know who these folks are. But how about Ralph Vaughn Williams, Edith Cavell, William Booth, Sir Harry Lauder, or Thomas John Bernardo? Anyone? Okay, thanks - I feel better. :D

There are a few "excuses" that I can use to explain why some of these folks escape me. I'm going to take an educated guess that these cards were printed before 1977, because Charlie Chaplin is listed as still living (he died that same year). One could also purchase an album for these mini cards, which set you back 6d (or 6 pence), and the 6d coin was discontinued in 1980. Also, because these cards are British, I wouldn't be as inclined to know that Edith Cavell died saving British (and German) soldiers' lives in WWI.  So there.  :D

Still, I worry sometimes that fame is becoming the sole property of our pop culture. Only in certain circles are you going to hear about "rock star" authors. I read a lot and even I'm having trouble coming up with anyone besides Stephen King off the top of my head. And sure, the prime minister of Canada is "famous", but can anyone name him? (Stephen Harper, of the Conservative Party, has been PM since 2006. I'm VERY ashamed that I couldn't remember this information off the top of my head).  And the last composer that I know who's contemporary is John Rutter.  But I like classical music.  I fear the Samuel Barbers and Aaron Copelands of the world are being pushed out in favor of pop music (this very sentence was probably uttered 50 years ago too, though).

A while back, I saw this meme on Facebook.  I think it sums up very well what I'm trying to say here:


Of course it's tongue-in-cheek, but still - I'm VERY glad that I knew the gentleman on the left is Carl Sagan.  :D
















Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Putting a Little "Swizzle" in your Life!

I love "durable" ephemera.  This may be a contradictory term, considering that ephemera is supposed to be, well, ephemeral.  But what better way to describe items that are indeed meant to be thrown away, but could last longer just by the very materials from which they're made?

Today, that item is swizzle sticks.  I LOVE these things!  Swizzle sticks are one of those items that you never see anymore, and here's my guess why:  cost, and public outcry.

And really, both reasons make sense.  When you take a look at the oldest sticks in my collection, you can just tell that they're that really hefty plastic, the kind where, if you try and bend it, it gets all white-ish before it breaks.  Today's plastics are so much thinner than yesteryear's.  Just think of the cost it took to make those!  The second reason is our awareness of the waste involved in creating these sticks.  They are certainly ephemeral in that they were designed for one-time use.  They're so cool, and considering all of the other waste out there it seems foolish to pick on just one item, but I'm sure that advocacy groups had something to say about them (Starbucks has a similar "stick" for their coffee, however!).


I love swizzle sticks because to me, they hearken back to a time when going to a restaurant was a BIG deal.  A lot of times these weren't the fanciest restaurants, either!  I can only speak from my experience but when my sister and I were growing up it was a major deal just to go to McDonald's!  Something like Big Boy or Perkins - that was MAJOR.  And if we ever ventured into a steak house or some such, well - someone else was likely paying.  :D  We just didn't have the money for such frivolity!

But you just knew you were in a special place when a drink, even a "kiddie cocktail", came with a grown-up swizzle stick.  I remember being about 12 and feeling quite cosmopolitan stirring my 7-Up with one.  :D

I only have one swizzle stick that is mine personally - that's the Air Canada one.  The rest are from estate sales or Ebay lots.  I do plan on using them in my artwork - I haven't figured out how I want to do that just yet.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Capturing the Moment

I had another of those weekends where I was bestowed riches by my friends and in the process, I helped them clean their homes!  :D

I have two stories about that this week.  First up is this marvelous lot of old film instructions.  Thanks to my friend Matt, I am able to see at a glance the timeline of fonts used by Kodak. Seriously, look closely - in the older instructions Kodak still uses the old chunky block logo and the marvelous Futura font for the instructions.  In the newer ones, the logo isn't really used at all and the instructions are in the ubiquitous Helvetica, which took over the world in the Seventies.  Can you tell which style I favor?  :D

Some of you may remember the post I did back in January about cameras and film that I wrote in response to the last Kodachrome film being processed.  Now that it's been nearly a year, I wonder how much more of this kind of stuff we're ever going to see.  For non-collectors (or those who don't know a collector who would love to have them), these instructions would've either been thrown away at the time of purchase or they're being thrown away now, because there's no point of having film instructions now that the film isn't even being made.

Of course, some film is still being made but I would imagine that it's going to get more expensive now that the demand isn't there.  Art students will still want to create photographs through the old method and there's always cool photo techniques to be done with Polaroid transfers and pinhole cameras and Holgas and Dianas and all of those other fun "art" cameras.  I took a workshop at Redline Community Art Studio this weekend and they actually offer darkrooms for their students, one of the only places in Milwaukee to do so.

Now more than ever cameras are a part of our lives, not just for special occasions like they used to be.  Camera phones and the Internet changed all that!  Now we take photos of everything!  But back in the day, when the camera was hauled out of its case, you knew that it was an occasion to be preserved.

I recently made this pendant honoring the Kodak Instamatic.  This is the kind of camera I remember in our house growing up, and I'm going to guess that a lot of you reading this post remember the same.  I just love the shape!  :D


Friday, October 21, 2011

Wining (and Dining)

Last night Brian and I had the immense pleasure of attending a wine dinner, which are held every so often at this marvelous restaurant in a little town called Ripon, about 20 miles west of Fond du Lac (the main draw is the wonderful liberal arts school, Ripon College).  The restaurant is simply called America, and it is fine dining at its best.

With the wine dinner, though, diners get the added benefit of a wine sampling between every course (it's a five-course meal).  Last night's fare was incredible - a smoked trout/pesto appetizer; beets and pickled onions with a balsamic glaze for the salad; pumpkin soup with Nueske's bacon (AMAZING) and candied walnuts; duck confit with Brussels sprouts for the main course; and for dessert, a poached pair with honeycomb and a light mousse.  It was incredible.  And the wine made it even better!  We had a really varied selection:  rose, Prosecco, Riesling, and a Zin.  All wonderful.  And all supplied by Fond du Lac's very own Cujak's Wine Market, one of my FAVE places downtown!  :D

I'm a BIG fan of wine.  Wine is by far my favorite alcoholic drink, especially sparkling wine!  Bring on the bubbly!  I love collecting wine labels and have been doing so even before I was using them in my art work.  Here's a sample of some of my own wine labels, which are now about eight years old.  The "Cubista" is my favorite and I'm saving it for a special project.  I don't know what that project is, but I want to keep it for when I know it's the right time to use it.  :D

And I LOVE using wine labels in my work!  Because the artwork is so interesting (or on the old labels, like the ones above, so hilarious), it always adds a "pop" to a collage.  It's a fun subject, too!  :D


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Doing what I Love

Dear Ephemeraologists:

I'll admit it.  I sat here for nearly an hour, trying to come up with a topic today.  I normally don't have this problem but sometimes the ol' writers' block takes hold and squeezes pretty tight.  Couple that with one tired chick and you've got yourself one very blank slate.

As I was sitting here, contemplating just scrapping today's post, I thought about what else I'll be doing today.  I'll be making some ATCs for our live trade on Saturday, I get to do lunch with some wonderful friends, and I have another MAJOR project that I'm working on for November of 2012 (more on that later).

As I'm ticking off my to-do list items, I couldn't help but think about how lucky I am.  A good portion of my day today will be spent in the the studio - how many other people can say that?  I have all of this wonderful "stuff" that comprises my art work and I am surrounded by it every day.  These are the items that I write about on a nearly daily basis for this blog.  How cool is that?

So today, I just want to take the time to say, "Thank you!" to all of you reading, and offer a huge debt of gratitude to the Universe for allowing me to do what I love.  There are so many factors which allow all of this to be my reality for the time being and I am utterly aware that it could change at any moment.  But for today, at least, this is my life and I am eternally grateful for those of you who share it with me in any way - including you, my dear readers.

Because I'm feeling so generous today, I would also like to offer 20% off my entire Web site, today only!

(Just had to throw that shameless plug in there, didn't I?)  :D

More ephemera tomorrow!  :D

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Getting Graphic

Some of you may remember this post, all about my love of tape (good LORD, that sounds boring!).  Well today, I'm going to get graphic about it.  This post may not be suitable for those under the age of 75.

I'M KIDDING!  I'm sure you've already guessed that I'm going to be talking about graphic TAPE today.  Beautiful, archaic, VINTAGE graphic tape, to be exact.  :D

There are two places close to me where I can buy (vintage) graphic tape - the first is Wegner's Office Supply, wihch is right downtown.  They have an AMAZING selection of all kinds of vintage graphic design supplies, including graphic tape.  That's where I got most of my Chartpak and Formaline tapes, shown here (I just discovered that you can still get Chartpak tapes at Amazon, which is comforting!).

The second is Winkler's Office Supply in West Bend, about 30 miles southeast of Fondy.  My friend Suze and I are making the trek today, and I'm SO excited.  That's where I got all of these AMAZING 3M graphic tapes in March of last year and I haven't seen them anywhere else since.  Judging by the packaging, I'm going to say these are from the 70s.  Aren't they cool?  :D

I looked up the history of adhesive tape and it's only been around for the last 80 years or so.  I'm not surprised that 3M is the innovator on this one, seeing as how they're synonymous with the product!  Graphic artists have been using this tape for at least the last 50 years, give or take, although it's not really needed anymore.  Much like my beloved "dry transfer" letters (more on those in a later post!), graphic tape has become a dinosaur thanks to the contraption called a "computer".  :D

Oh, but how I LOVE this stuff!  It's so versatile.  I have used graphic tape in my art so many times I've lost count.  Here are a few of my favorite pieces using the stuff:






Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Nylons!

Or should I say, "hosiery"?  There's a word you just don't hear anymore! :D

I just got this lot of labels - aren't they wonderful?  I love everything about them - the color, the fonts, the very Art Deco style to them.

For the last 10 years or so, women (at least in this country) have gone bare-legged rather than wear "nylons".  Sure, patterned tights have made a bit of a comeback but for the most part you're expected to wear nothing.  For women my age and older, this is so unusual!  We were brought up wearing pantyhose or stockings.  My Grammie waited out the entire war just for the luxury of wearing nylons again!  And let me tell you - when you live in Wisconsin, any layers are better than bare legs in January!

I'm a pants-wearer from way back.  I love the idea of dresses (one look at my "Style" pinboard on Pinterest will show this - mainly vintage and vintage-inspired, of course!) but I'm short and I have short legs so very few styles work for me.  I am also not a size 6 so I wind up looking like a toddler in most styles.  :D  One of the greatest thing about pants is not having to deal with pantyhose!

On the other hand, it is lovely to not have to deal with the discomfort of nylons when it's 85 degrees out.  I wonder if they'll ever make a comeback, or if "natural" will rule fashion in the decades to come?

I don't have much artwork with women in dresses, but I'll bet that in 1954 (the year this ad for garden chemicals came out) you didn't dare use DDT on your roses without pantyhose on!  :D

"Tending the Roses" commissioned collage

Monday, October 17, 2011

When is Ephemera not Ephemera?

Note from Mel:  I am re-running this post because the papermaking community lost a pioneer on Wednesday - Arnold Grummer, the founder of Arnold Grummer's Papermaking Supplies and the Friends of Dard Hunter, lost his battle with cancer at the age of 89.  Even though I had the distinct pleasure of meeting him only once, he left quite an impression on me.  Since this post, I have had the joy of working with the Grummer family, and I am SO grateful that I've gotten to know and work with these wonderful people.

Godspeed, Mr. Grummer - you've touched more lives than you'll ever know.

Have you ever done something that you knew was going to have a lasting impact?  That happened to me on Thursday afternoon.

It was one of those cold, rainy, windy days that is perfect for staying in.  Which was serendipitous, it turns out.

For YEARS I've wanted to learn how to make paper.  On Thursday afternoon I set out to do that for only one reason - I had a speaking engagement at a paper makers' conference on Friday and I wanted to see what it was all about as part of my research.

Let me back-track - about 6 weeks ago my friend Carolyn forwarded me an e-mail from Kim Scheidermayer, who is the daughter of Arnold Grummer (of paper-making supplies fame - I'm sure you've seen their products in art supply stores).  She and her family were going to be hosting the Friends of Dard Hunter Midwest Conference in Appleton in October and were looking for someone to give a talk on ATCs.  Since I live far closer to Appleton than Carolyn, she wondered if I'd be interested in giving the talk.  WOULD I?  I jumped at the chance, even though I had no idea who or what "Dard Hunter" was.  :D

After Kim and I had confirmed that I would be the speaker (thanks again, Carolyn!), I sort of forgot about it for a month.  As the time grew closer, I knew I had to get crackin' on the research.  So I did the "easy" stuff first - I read up on Dard Hunter.  What a great story - Dard (real name: William) was a renaissance man of sorts - paper maker, font creator (out of copper and steel, not a computer), book maker and stained glass forger.  When he died in 1966 he left most of his works to MIT, but was later moved into what now comprises most of the American Museum of Papermaking at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.  Today, his Mountain House is being turned into a living museum, of which his grandson is a part.  The Friends of Dard Hunter is an organization that honors Dard's life and works, and a portion of the membership dues help fund the  American Museum of Papermaking.

Okay, so I did my research.  Now, on to the actual paper-making!  I had purchased a tiny kit for kids about four years ago and had never even opened it until last Thursday.  Now was the time to put it to the test.

*Cue the heavenly choir*

It WORKED!!  And it was totally fun.  Here's where the ephemera comes in - for the pulp, I used the shredded paper that had just come with a box of supplies I received in the mail!  That's what comprises the gray sheet that I made.  For the blue sheet, I used the shredded bit plus some blue dryer lint.  YES!  Dryer lint! :D  And it all worked in my blender!  (Note to self - get crappy blender at Goodwill for the next batch.)

I was all set for the conference.  Little did I know that on Friday, I would be surrounded by master craftsmen, artists, chemists, botanists, archivists and all manner of folks who, for their own reasons, LOVE paper.  And what a group of people!  They embraced me as if I had been a part of their group for 20 years.  I wound up staying the whole day and making ATCs with the group, joining them for a wonderful dinner as their guest and staying for Arnold Grummer's "Great American Paper Machine" presentation.  I didn't get home until 10 p.m.!  I wish I could've stayed for the whole weekend.

Today, I'm going to experiment by using some of my ephemeral scraps of paper like maps, money and newspapers.  I'll let you know how it turns out!  Just one more way of "taking the discarded and making it arted"!  :D


Friday, October 14, 2011

Serendipitous Ephemera

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you're probably sick of me extolling the virtues of estate sales by now.  I do speak of them often - I can't help it!  I just love them.

And one of the reasons I love them so much is because of stuff like this.  Back in the summer I attended an estate sale and found this envelope under a pile of other stuff in the garage.  I just really enjoyed the envelope and didn't expect to find THIS:





Yes, the complete plan to make this AMAZING dollhouse.  Just look at it!  It's marvelous!  The plans are from mid-October of 1976, which would've been only a week or so after my 8th birthday.  I would've KILLED for this house back then, but I appreciate it more now.  :D

I've always been a lover of anything miniature or dollhouse related.  I never really played with dolls - in fact, my sister Jen and I would get into fits of hysterical laughter by posing the dolls in hilarious (and completely innocent) poses.  One time she hung the dollhouse people from the second floor from their feet like bats; I am nearly in tears just thinking about it now, it still makes me laugh so hard.  No, what I realize now is that those miniatures were laying the groundwork for both of our loves of interior design.

Close-up of dollhouse in plan
About a month ago, Jen called me to check out this challenge, whereby you decorate a mini space of your choosing.  In January there will be a gallery party and everyone who can will convene in L.A. to show off their  mini worlds.  I seriously doubt a trip to L.A. is in Jen's or my future, and we may not even have it done by the deadline of December 15, but DANG!  I want to attempt this house (with Brian's tool skills for assistance).  :D

Never mind that Jen got me THIS for my birthday, too!  :D

CB2's "Neville" house - isn't it AWESOME?!


Getting this wonderful little chalet for my birthday and seeing these plans again made me realize how totally serendipitous estate sales are. (I suppose you could say the same about garage (tag) sales too, but people usually aren't selling their whole lives at those sales.)  What if I hadn't noticed the envelope?  What if I hadn't attended the sale that day?  With this particular piece of ephemera, I think I'm safe in saying that had I not seen this on that particular day I would never have run into it ever again - especially since I got the ENTIRE thing for - wait for it - 75 cents.

Maybe it's a sign that Jen and I HAVE to make this dollhouse, even if it takes us five years and a zillion dollars. Here's one piece of ephemera that may have a lasting impact on our lives in a very fun way!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

On this Day in History.....

November 2, 1956.  :D

Here is one of my finds from last week's birthday sojourn to the estate sale!  It was a little on the pricier side ($11.25) but it was my birthday so I treated myself.  :D  Plus, I've never seen anything like it!

First of all, let's check out the hefty price tag of $6.95!  The "day in history" is November 2, 1956, but the book wasn't published until 1959.  Using the handy-dandy inflation calculator, we discover that the same book would cost $51.39 today.  I'm going to make an assumption that the book would be a flop today at that price!  It's only bound with linen tape and with one click anyone can find any newspaper they'd like on any given day.  These are the times I marvel at the technology out there.

I like to put items like this in perspective by "doing the math", relative to my own reality.  In other words, on this particular day in history my dad was only 36, my mom only 10, and my Grammie only 32.  This history occurred 12 years before I was born but it looks SO much older than that, doesn't it?  ;)  I like to imagine what regular life was like when people were reading this book - Eisenhower was president, rock n' roll was still in its infancy, men still wore hats, women still only wore dresses and we only had 48 states.

The book states that November 2, 1956 was a "day of crisis".  The main stories of this time were the Hungarian revolution of 1956 and the Suez Canal crisis (or Tripartite Agression).  We never learned about these things in our history classes in school, probably because my teachers always got so wrapped up in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War in the early part of the year.  We barely ever made it into the 20th century, usually, which probably would've been more important and surely more interesting (at least to me).  These two stories, while very important in the world history scheme of things, seem sort of meek compared to the scary terrorist news we hear today.  I'm sure these stories do NOT seem unimportant to Hungarians or Egyptians, however!

While this book will no doubt serve as a fascinating history lesson while reading it, I'm going to be honest - I'm far more interested in the foreign ads.  :D  For some reason, they're omitted in the "Le Monde" portion of the book, which bums me out because, hey - French ads!  But the others are there, in all their glory, including ads from:
Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt;




Dagens Nyheter,  Stockholm;



Al Ahram, Cairo;





Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo; and




La Prensa from Buenos Aires.


World history is important, no doubt; but I've always thought that if you really want to capture the zeitgeist of the time, check out the ads.

Here's a collage I've done using a (real!) foreign newspaper ad - you can't beat 'em for their look and the mood they capture!