Tuesday, June 12, 2012

It's Embarrassing How Much I Love This....

Ephemeraologists, I am so happy to have this forum with which to admit silly things.  I have 569 people (at least that's what it says on my Facebook page!) who I know will understand where I'm coming from.

So without further ado, allow me to "geek out" in this post.  :D

Here is the culprit of my embarrassing infatuation.  Some of you may be saying, "Seriously?", but I know some of you will totally get it.  I don't use the word "covet" very often but when I saw this roll of cigarette-y goodness, I knew in my soul it had to be mine.

It all began at Ephemerafest a couple weeks back.  My new-found collage friends and I were sitting at the creating table, talking and laughing and having a great time.  All of a sudden, I saw this roll out of the corner of my eye.  I saw my new friend Marsha using part of it for a collage of a Viceroy butterfly - is that kismet, or what?  I asked to see the roll - at this point I assumed it was hers - and when I saw all the words on it, well, that's when the coveting began.  I was hoping beyond hope that Marsha wasn't going to purchase it that day and when she left and didn't take it with her, I quickly put it on my "pile" of things to buy.  This little roll wasn't going ANYWHERE but home with me.  :D

Okay, so WHY do I love it so much?  Firstly, the subject matter.  I love "tobacciana", as collectors call it.  Smoking paraphernalia is so closely tied to 20th century culture, for better or worse.  From a sociological standpoint, it's fascinating to see the not-so-gradual shift in attitude toward this habit.  And because our society has made smokers real pariahs in most of the country (with the exception of the Carolinas and Virginia), we're never going to see this kind of ephemera again.

Secondly - the colors!  I love the flat (but bright) red and the navy blue.  Those colors can't be beat, and catch the eye immediately.

Let's not forget these beautiful fonts!  Here we have three separate fonts, of which the "with the new" words are my favorite.  But they're all good!

Really, the best part of the tape roll is the meters and meters of possibility housed in this little package.  I can use the letters to spell things!  I can make a smoking-related collage and use this tape as an integral piece.  Or, I can create a tiny collage inspired by the styles of Randel Plowman and Cecil Touchon and make it into a pendant, which is exactly what I did here.  I call it "The Partly Cloudy Patriot", because it's the US's colors (and France, UK, Australia, etc.) but it doesn't have to be a statement of patriotism if you don't want it to be.  :)

"Partly Cloudy Patriot" pendant,
available here

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