Thursday, May 31, 2012

Persimmons Finds!

Before I begin discussing my AMAZING ephemera finds from Ephemerafest, I have a couple of announcements.  Firstly, I have the BEST readers in the whole world!  Thank you so much for your feedback on yesterday's post - it's so affirming!  :D

Secondly, I'm a doofus and I never told you when the 100K Giveaway is ending!  Silly me!  So here goes:  You have until tomorrow night (Friday) at 5 p.m. CST.  I will then randomly draw a name - I hope you remembered to include your e-mail address!  If you haven't signed up yet, now's the time!  :D

OKAY!  On to the good stuff - the reason you read my posts every day - the EPHEMERA!!!

This is the third year that I've been going to Manitowoc to visit the lovely and talented Kim Geiser at Persimmons, and I think this year's haul is the best I've ever gotten (I know, I say that every year!).  Check this out:

Aren't they so cool?  It's a lot of unused vintage restaurant checks!  I don't think Pete's Cafe exists anymore, but I can imagine myself ordering a juicy T-bone steak - that's what it says right on the check, after all, "The Home of T Bone Steaks"!  :D  I don't know how I'll use these just yet, but I do have the spark of an idea.  :D

I love it when I find little packets of things that have never been used, like these "fancy trimmings"!  I love these and I will definitely be ripping open the package and using the contents.  Okay, maybe not ripping the packet open - I have to save that top part for another project!  :D

This next piece is a bit of a mystery - we know it's from 1963, but what for?  The closest I can come to an answer is that Bay Meadows is a racetrack - it says "4th race' on there and "IF 1st, 2nd or 3rd - CASH", which made me think that it means "win, place or show", maybe?  Well, whatever it is, I LOVE the weird ZEiQH lettering in different fonts - is that some sort of security measure or something?

This next lot is amazing in that it exists at all!  I mean, wouldn't vintage cigarette wrappers count as quite possibly the most ephemeral of ephemera?  They were created to be destroyed!  At first I thought these might've come from a cigarette manufacturer but upon searching I discovered that these were made for "rolling your own".  This makes sense - I have NEVER in my ephemera journeys ever seen anything quite like these!  They may be from the 40s or 50s and I believe they were made in Canada.  I won't use all of them but oh yes, these will be employed in a project or two.  :)

Speaking of Canada - last, but certainly not least is this Canadian flag decal, still in its original sleeve!  I wouldn't even try to stick this on anything now - I'm certain the adhesive is shot.  But I LOVE Canada, and I've actually been to Sarnia many times - my dear friends Kim & Dave used to live in Port Huron, Michigan, which is right across the border from Sarnia.  Whenever we'd visit we'd spend far more time on the Canadian side - it was cleaner and the restaurants were better.  Plus, this was in the days where the dollar was far stronger, so we'd eat like kings for 10 bucks!  And doesn't Sarnia sound like a magical place that you can find via a wardrobe, only Canadian?  :D

By the way, this is only about 5% of what I bought on Saturday, but the other items either warrant their own post or they're an integral part of another group of ephemera items I have.  You'll probably be seeing "fallout" from this past Saturday for the next year!  :D

I leave you with more fun photos from Ephemerafest, courtesy of my friend Kristi.  Just more reminders that good times are created with people of like minds, whatever our backgrounds or history.  Ephemera is a tie that binds!  :D

My dear friend Suze and me!

Kristi and me - what a fun day.  :D


  1. I always figured that the most ephemeral of ephemera was vintage toilet paper but cigarette wrappers are pretty good too!

    1. A ha ha ha! Yep, you got me there! :D Did you know that I actually OWN some vintage toilet paper? I think I might have to blog about that soon! Thanks for the reminder! :D

  2. Nice finds!! I was tempted to roll around in all my ephemera finds when I got home, but I thought it might scare my family, so I restrained myself! I had such a great time! :)