Friday, March 30, 2012

I had to have it!

I have it really good.  In my line of work (I can barely call what I do "work"!), I deal with objects that are usually pretty cheap, and oftentimes free.  Add to the fact that I have wonderful people in my life that bequeath to me riches of an ephemeral nature, and the cost of my materials (not including my canvases, paint, bezels, chains, mirrors, clock parts and any shipping) is nominal.

There are times, however, when I come across something that is so unusual, so wonderful, that I must own it, even if it costs a little more.  In the immortal words of American Picker Mike Wolfe, "I had to have it."

If you're a fan of American Pickers, then you've no doubt heard Mike and Frank's mantra:  The time to buy something is when you see it, because it's usually your one and only chance.

I had that opportunity yesterday - and I took it.

I found this set in Appleton (Wisconsin).  My friend Nicci (who's a wonderful artist herself!) and I take a trip up to Appleton every six weeks or so.  We spend the whole day together!  First we hit Sai Ram, a wonderful Indian restaurant on the north side of town.  Then we head south to Richeson Art Supply outlet, In Kimberly, where we stock up on supplies (and we get to shop local!).  Our last stop is usually Half Price Books, which is where I found this gem:


Holy moly.  I got that "I'm on ephemera crack" feeling when I saw it, because I love little packets of stuff.  And this it appeared to be full!  Not only is the little file totally amazing, but when you look inside.....


*Cue the choir of cherubim*

There are about 100 of these little cards, each depicting a different stunt.  Even better?  The packet still contains the pristine business reply postcard....


the title card....


  the copyright card.....

the introduction and foreword.....


and the table of contents and index.


And I counted - all 160 of the stunt cards are included!

In fact, the whole set looks brand new - except for the gunk left behind from the Half Price Books price tag!  GRRR.....








What I want to know is, why did Robert Zold have this set?  Was he into exercise?  Was he a Phy Ed teacher?  Or did he find the gentlemen in the photos particularly handsome (hey, that's a legitimate question!)?


I suppose all that matters now is that I own this delightful 60 year-old set.  And you bet your sweet bippy that I'll be using these cards!  Absolutely!  They're too hilarious NOT to!  The uniforms, the poses, the fact that they're b&w - I am going to have some fun with these!  And when I finish work that includes these men, I will certainly share it with you.  :D

Thursday, March 29, 2012

More Cabinet Cards!

Once again, my dear readers and fellow Ephemeraologists, I have to give my post over to one of you - I have the most wonderful friends and family in the world!

Maybe my enthusiasm for ephemera shows so transparently that people want to be a part of it.  Or maybe someone cleaned their attic and found treasures that they thought I might like.  Here's another scenario - some of you were saving stuff because you thought it was super awesome, but there were other folks in your house who implored you to please just get rid of this!  I mean, WHAT are you keeping it for?  And, more importantly, WHY?                                                                                                                           

(Some of us are Ephemeraologists and some of us aren't.  And that's okay!)

Thanks to the non-Ephemeraologists and generous souls in my life, I reap rewards that I never imagined when I started this blog.  Case in point:



YESSS!!  A beautiful stack of cabinet cards resplendent with vintagey goodness!

My friend Lori gave these to me a few weeks back - she knew I'd love them (surprise!  She was right!).  She had picked them up at a rummage sale for - I can't believe this - a BUCK.  Amazing!  She just enjoyed looking at them, and her favorite part is the studio names at the bottom of the cards (I love those too!).  When she gave them to me we had a great convo about what a huge deal it was a century ago to have your photo taken.  Indeed!  It must've been anticipated and I'm sure folks went to great lengths to prepare for the session.


And those CLOTHES!  When I think about my closet full of clothes it's hard to imagine someone dressing their family in their Sunday best, quite proud of that one outfit each family member saved for special occasions.  I bet they appreciated their clothes far more than we do today.  Unfortunately, these clothes make this family look like the Supreme Court (minus the woman, of course!).


There are quite a few wedding portraits in the mix and WOWIE!  How different the bridal clothes were back then!  These photos were taken long before the whole bride-wearing-white trend that began in the early 20th century; in fact, some brides whose families were not so well-off just wore their best dress on their wedding day.  But they all had a veil to mark the occasion!

This photo cracks me up - and I don't get it.  Was it the wealthy family's idea to have a photo taken of the help?  Or were these two maids sisters who were proud to have their jobs?  Can you even imagine someone taking this photo today?!  (Correction:  my fellow Ephemeraologist Lola Clark let me know that these wonderful women were actually nurses.  OOPSY!  This makes FAR more sense, though!  Thanks Lola!)





This next photo is, to me, the quintessential formal portrait of its time.  Here we have a very Teddy Roosevelt-looking chap, staidly posing for the occasion.  His mustache is formidable, no?  And back then, it wasn't even worn ironically (thanks for bringing it back, hipsters!).  :D


Okay, back to the studio stamp on the bottom - if all of these photos were taken roughly around the same time period, then Oshkosh, Wisconsin was The Photography Studio Captial of the World.  Check out the addresses of these places - No. 49 Main St., 59 Main St., 115 Main St., 158 Main Street, 199 Main Street...were there any other businesses housed downtown?  I wonder if all of these studios were lucrative!

This was a mere smattering of the stash of photos I received.  I am going to have some fun with these!  Lori, thank you again - you are awesome.  :D








Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spinning an Ephemeral Yarn

I'm so excited - my package arrived in the mail yesterday!  I love getting fun mail!  :D

Those of you who follow me on Facebook might know what I'm talking about (and if you don't follow me yet - join the fun!).  Last week I wrote on my FB page that I had ordered some newspaper yarn that I had seen on Pinterest (you can follow me there, too!).  I wondered how on earth someone could "spin" newspaper into "yarn" - and then my friend Lea found this tutorial (again from Pinterest, of course)!  I'm not a spinner so I'm glad it was for sale, already done for me.


And isn't it wonderful?  I love that it's made from Indian newspapers.  I have no idea what language it's in (Hindi? Bengali? Punjabi? Tamil?) but the script is so lovely.  I "unspun" a section of it to see further:


Maybe it's just me, but Indian papers seem to be more colorful than their U.S. counterparts.  :D

This is a perfect example of "taking the discarded and making it arted", although the creators of this yarn took it a step further and made a material from which other items can be created.  Brilliant!

Because I just got it yesterday, I haven't made anything with it - yet.  It's pretty chunky, so I think it would be perfect for weaving into a trivet.  I of course will also be trying different art projects with it - stay tuned!






Tuesday, March 27, 2012

An Ephemeral "Windfall"

Because it's March, that means it's the beginning of spring here in the northern hemisphere.  And around the Midwest, that could mean anything, weather-wise.

We have had the wildest March on record!  We began the month with a big snowstorm, which promptly melted about 3 days later.  For 2 1/2 weeks in the middle, we basked in 70 and 80-degree temperatures, breaking many long-standing records.  This past weekend we had quite a cool-down, but we're still above normal (which is only about 43 degrees!).  What does this wacky weather mean?

WIND.

And when you combine wind with trash pick-up day, you get one giant ephemeral tornado at one's disposal.  I reaped that windy harvest yesterday!

I was taking Sir Dudley for a walk and I found stuff everywhere.  Here's my "windfall" loot:


As you can see, I got an intact envelope, a cell phone bill (AYE CARUMBA!  I'd PLOTZ if my bill were that much!), a gas station food wrapper (mmm....processed food....), and a purple post-it with some cryptic notes.  These items are going right into the box that I reserve for stuff that I'll use to make handmade paper.  But what's this?


Isn't it gorgeous?  In a quick search online, I believe that this is part of a paper wasp's nest.  A paper wasp!  According to Wikipedia, this wasp was so named because they build their nests with fibers from dead wood and plant stems and mix it with their own saliva.  Isn't that cool (and just a little gross)?  These little guys are nature's Ephemeraologists!  :D  I'm glad it was just laying there - there's no other way I could've gotten it without some major harm to myself!

As I was picking up all of this "trash", I kept wondering what passersby were thinking:  will I gain a reputation around the neighborhood as The Crazy Trash Lady?

I guess that wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.  :D

P.S.  Speaking of "stuff", my second installment of The Detritus Project is up on Library as Incubator Project's Web site today!  Check it out!  :D



Monday, March 26, 2012

A Riverwalk Shout-Out!

Am I lucky, or what?  Seriously, I have to be one of luckiest people in Fond du Lac.  I owe this "luck" to the wonderful people I am fortunate enough to know.  And one of those people just bestowed upon me an embarrassment of riches, magazine-style!

I'll get to the ephemera later, but first - a tale of serendipity.  As many of you may know, I was in the newspaper biz before I became a full-time artist and Ephemeraologist.  I worked at The Reporter here in Fond du Lac.  I started working there in August of 2005, but in many ways it was a homecoming for me because I actually got to work with some of my dearest friends from the Green Bay Press-Gazette, where I worked from 1993-96.  You see, The Reporter had since become a Gannett paper, so all of the Northeastern Wisconsin papers were lumped into a group called Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers (later, Media).  It was "old home week" when I arrived there, and I adored my job.

The Reporter was housed at the corner of Macy and 2nd Street, downtown, where it had been since 1973.  It's a very groovy block-wide building, with a brick and sandstone exterior and a Very Brady staircase on the interior.  I loved being downtown and would visit my fave shops during my lunch hour.  It was also a 6-minute commute for me.  Perfection.

In 2009, however, The Reporter and the Action Advertiser, our bi-weekly shopper, merged into the same building - a newer, groovier, rounder building on the far west side.  That left my beloved downtown building vacant, and my heart broken.  I really enjoyed the newer building, but my heart stayed downtown.  I also worried that no one would ever purchase it and that we'd have a block-long gaping hole to fill that would eventually deteriorate.

VERY fortunately, my fears were unwarranted!  A company called Dreifuerst & Sons Moving & Storage came to the rescue and purchased the building, and not even a year after it went on the market!  It was so nice to see someone in the building, although I was sad to know I'd probably never set foot in it again.....

.....Or so I thought.  You see, Tom and Kathy Dreifuerst, the owners of the company, had an ace up their sleeve - Kathy would take the former Reporter lobby and turn it into an art gallery!  Kathy is an artist and art teacher herself, so her work would be featured along with other local artists.  She filled a much-needed void in Fond du Lac, and our downtown is that much richer for it.

And so, Riverwalk Art Center was born!  I have had the distinct pleasure of showing my own work in this marvelous space (which, not incidentally, is 10,000 times more beautiful now than when I worked there!).  I also had a marvelous sales month while showing at Riverwalk.  :D

Kathy is a pleasure to work with.  She is also very thoughtful!  And here, my patient readers, is where the ephemera comes in:


All of these magazines were included in the bag she gave me - and this is just a sample!  The magazines range from 1935 to 1958, like this Better Homes & Gardens issue:


Talk about mid-century MARVELOUS!  

Kathy was cleaning out her mom's house and she found all of these nearly mint condition magazines.  She thought of me because she knew that they'd go to a "good home".  Isn't that lovely?  :D  All of the magazines are chock FULL of wonderful images for future collaging.  I can't wait to sink my teeth into these beauts!

Thank you again, Kathy - I love them ALL!   Here's to Riverwalk Art Center and being a vital part of our downtown! :D




Friday, March 23, 2012

Book Sale Finds!

Oh for goodness' sake!  What a week!  I've been so busy that I totally forgot about my wonderful book outing last Friday - I came back with quite a haul.  :D

I LOVE our annual AAUW book sale!  It's an amazing event.  It's so large, the organization has to hold it in the Cow Palace at our fairgrounds (does anyone besides me think that the term "Cow Palace" is hysterical?).  I believe this was the 51st annual sale.  Our insanely warm weather (July temps in March!) made it even more enjoyable than usual - no coat or gloves to haul around!

You may recall last year's post about this sale and my fantastic finds, and this year was just as lucrative. To me, the best part of the sale is in the searching.  You never know what you're going to find!  In the past, the AAUW sale was always my go-to place for foreign textbooks.  This year?  Not so much.  No, this year seemed to be more about science-y books, like this one here:


It's from 1966, and I bought it mainly for the groovy illustrations, like the one pictured to the right.  I love all of them in the book and it made me realize how much I've missed doing surreal collages (note to self:  Then do some!).

Another science-related text is this How and Why Conclusions, which has no date but I'm going to take an educated guess that it's from the early 50s.  It contains hundreds of marvelous illustrations that no doubt will be used in my work.  And, it was only 2 bucks!  :D

How about this "Wiring Simplified" booklet?  Not only did I get the booklet, but a bonus JC Penney price tag on the front!  It's 38 years old (1974) and is loaded with oodles of schematics.  I adore schematics - I have no idea what they mean, but their linear quality really appeals to me (check out this post for a schematic-themed piece I created).

One of the most unusual books I found - for a quarter, mind you - is this book called The 26 Letters.  It's a very comprehensive book about this history of our alphabet, complete with multiple fonts at the end.  And oh yes - I WILL be cutting this up.  It's too good not to!


Last, but not least - how could I leave the book sale without picking up a few vintage National Geographics?  Most were from the 70s and 80s but my keen nose sniffed out a few of the issues from the 50s.  They are wonderful, as always.  :D



I'm already looking forward to next year's sale!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Circus is in Town!

Although the weather outside would have us believe it's already summer, it's still March - which means that the circus is coming to town!

I don't know about you, but I have never liked the circus. The performers seemed to try too hard.  I don't like clowns, either - they never scared me or anything, I just never thought they were funny.  In Green Bay we only got the Shrine Circus, which is kind of a cheap knock-off circus.  The few times I went, there was a strong scent of animal waste in the arena, and I remember thinking that those animals weren't happy to be doing those tricks.  That's really what ruined it for me.

Sometimes I wonder how much longer the circus of my childhood will last.  I was a pretty cynical kid, and that was over 30 years ago!  Does the circus delight children anymore?  Or are today's kids expecting Cirque du Soleil when attending that event?

It may seem contrary, but I LOVE circus ephemera!  The Big Top, the caravan, and yes - even the clowns.  Bring it on!


Take these wonderful snack bags, for example.  I got these at Old Stuff Only for a song.  The graphics are fantastic, aren't they?  Here's a great instance where the idea of the circus of yesteryear is more evocative than the real thing.  Why is that?  Well, for whatever reason, I can't get enough of them.  They're still available, too!

I got this straw box (and the straws!) at an estate sale for mere pennies - literally! I think I paid 13 cents for it!  That clown on the front is fantastic, and the colors are perfectly circus-y.  As Mike Wolfe of American Pickers would say, "I had to have it".  And for that price?  Who wouldn't!


These bottle caps aren't necessarily circus-related, but they sure feel like it to me.  It's the dots that do it, I think.  I love them!

I got these wonderful carnival tickets from Retro Cafe Art Gallery and I think they're marvelous.  I can't wait to use them in a collage!  You can get some too - you get 20 for a BUCK!  :D

For as much as I claim to not enjoy the circus, I certainly have done my share of art pertaining to it!  Here are a few pieces I've created over the years:

"Conquering my Fears" ATC
"Step Right Up" ATC
"Perpetual Circus Event" collage, made for the "To the Power of N"
challenge (book available now!)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It's Shameless Self Promotion Day!

What?  It's not?  Well, it is now.  :D

Okay - I'm going to take the plunge and really talk about my work today.  Yes, I do show you my work on a fairly regular basis, but it's mainly for examples of how you can use that particular type of ephemera that was highlighted for that day.  Today I'm going to talk about how I create my pieces.

For those of you who collect "stuff" like I do, let me pose this question:  Do you enjoy rifling through it often?  Are you surprised when you come across pieces that you totally forgot you had?  Are there certain pieces that you own just because you like the look of it, and for no other reason?

Well, my dear readers, that's me in a nutshell.  :D  This blog and my work serve each other; many times I'm inspired to create a piece because I wrote about that ephemera on that day, and an idea springs forth.  I love it when that happens.

"Educators Approve" - 8X8"

Here's my latest framed collage - I was searching for something completely different when I came across this vintage train ticket that I had forgotten about.  I used the front (the "please keep this check in sight" part) and the back (the pen part), because I thought both were cool.  I also adore all of my trading stamps (as many of you know) so I threw one in there too.  The rest is a vintage check background, handmade papers, and vintage graphic tape.

I also make pendants for sale - some of my wonderful readers even own one! - and here's a recent creation.  I used a vintage Chinese cigarette label for the background, and the 1930s lady is from a sewing booklet. I love her cloche, don't you?  :D

This is my most recent clock - I busted out the fusible webbing for this piece!  I used a vintage stock certificate, tissue papers, handmade paper and some used wrapping paper for this collage, and when it was done I stamped the flower image on top and stitched around it.  I got the vintage lucite numbers quite a while ago and I just love them.  I love how they add depth to the clock.

Whenever I finish a piece, I always stop and wonder if I would've made something completely different had I made it on a different day.  Would I have arranged the papers differently according to my mood?  If I were feeling sparkier, would I have introduced glitter to my collages?  What would happen if any of YOU worked with the same materials?  How different would the piece be?

The possibilities are endless!  That's why vintage ephemera is so wonderful to use in artwork - anyone can collect it and anyone can create with it.  If you've wanted to try it but haven't had the nerve to do so yet, I hope these pieces inspired you!




Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Take a Number


"Take a number" - that phrase has become the new "Tell me about it!".  I don't have many experiences with take-a-numbers, because I live in an area where there aren't too many places where one would have to deal with it.

I got these two guys at our local Jo An Fabrics, of all places!  And both times I took one, I actually didn't need it - I was called right away.  :D

They may seem so ephemeral as to not even be noticed by most people (my favorite kind!), but from a pure Ephemeraology standpoint - Taking the Discarded and Making it Arted (TM) - they're PERFECT!  They've got nice big (to me, anyway) numbers, the paper is thin enough to layer, there's a nice graphic arrow - perfect.  :D

I just did a quick search on Ebay for "take a number" and it yielded me nothing in terms of vintage tabs.  I can't say that I'm shocked, because who in their right mind, besides me and some random hoarders, would ever keep these?  But now, the hunt is on.  Because I can't find any, I want to find some.  Maybe there are none because they didn't exist?  Maybe it was just the plastic numbers back in the day?

How about you, my dear readers?  Have you ever encountered any vintage tabs?  Let me know if you have - if you'd like to share any photos on the Facebook page, that would be great too!

Let's raise the mundane to an art form!  :D


Monday, March 19, 2012

Railroad Letterhead


Wow - I don't think I could be more specific with a type of ephemera than today's post!  Well, okay, maybe - if I narrowed that letterhead to only western-based lines or ones that began with the letter "S".  :D

Isn't it funny how a collection begins?  I happened to see this "Ship it on the Frisco" letterhead first, which was (and is still!) for sale at Old Stuff Only.  I loved its tiny size (only 7" tall) and the curving engine.  The colors are wonderful, too!

And from that first sheet, it began.  Anytime Don and Chris would list a new type of railroad-themed letterhead, I HAD to have it!

Chessie logo, 1973

Earlier Chesapeake logo
Check out this Chessie Railroad System full-sized letterhead!  I've always been a fan of that logo, even more so than their older logo, which is shown on the bottom of the letterhead.  To someone my age or older, it's instantly recognizable.  I'm 43, so I'm of the generation that never got to experience train travel here in the U.S (I did, however, get to ride a wonderful train from Vienna to Salzburg in 1988).  I love my mom's stories of going to visit her grandparents in Southeastern Illinois and taking the train, by herself, when she was 9 or 10.  The railroad staff took excellent care of kids traveling alone back then, as it was a pretty common occurrence.  Can you imagine letting your kids do that today?


Here's another style of Chesapeake letterhead, but this one includes the B&O logo as well. My sister and I used to snicker whenever we heard B&O (from the Monopoly board, of course!), because to us it didn't conjure images of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad; to us, it sounded like B.O., or "body odor".  I'm sure our parents wondered what was so funny!  This piece is probably from around 1963, when the Chesapeake & Ohio took control of the B&O line.  It was only like this until a decade later, when three lines merged and became The Chessie System (see the letterhead above).

I love all three pieces I have so far, and I hope to acquire more.  I also hope they all come from Old Stuff Only, because my good heavens - you cannot beat their prices (each of these sheets cost me 50 cents or less!).

Because they're so inexpensive, I've purchased more than one of each - at least one to keep, and the others to use in my work.  So far, I've only used the "Frisco" one, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

"Ship it on the Frisco" ATC, using the aforementioned
letterhead, an old railway label, and a conductor illustration
from a kids' book

Friday, March 16, 2012

Luck o' the Irish?


Top o' the mornin' to ya! Happy day-before-St. Patty's-Day!  :D  Do you, my dear readers, celebrate this fest, even if you're not Irish?

I have absolutely ZERO Irish blood.  I'm a Heinz 57 combo of German and English on my mom's side, and Welsh, French Canadian, and some Native American in there somewhere on my dad's side.  In Green Bay, Wisconsin, where I grew up, St. Pat's wasn't that big of a deal - until college.  And then after college, when no one really cared about drinking green beer, it wasn't a big deal again.  But Green Bay isn't a big Irish town, either - it was mainly German, Polish and Belgian when I was a kid.

Fond du Lac isn't exactly teeming with Irish folks, either, but we do have a wonderful truly Irish bar called, well, Irish's.  It's been a Fondy landmark since 1938 and most days of the year, it's a "regulars" bar.  It's a great bar to frequent if you're not a fan of loud music or huge crowds - so that's why, on the handful of days out of the year when I'm actually in a tavern, Irish's is the place to go.

But not tomorrow!  No sirree!!!  Tomorrow it'll be PACKED to the gills with "Irish" folks gettin' their green drink on (and it just happens to be right smack at the end of the parade route!).  No, tomorrow I shall be holed up at home, grateful to not have to go anywhere.  :D

I don't have many bits of Irish ephemera, but one of my favorites are these vintage pieces (above) of Dresden scrap from the Twenties or Thirties.  These little guys set me back quite a bit (for ephemera, anyway - I believe I paid $8 for four of them), but I just had to have them.  They're not overly rare or anything, but I knew they'd be just the thing for a St. Pat's Day collage.  Plus, they're adorable!


And wouldn't you know it, I actually made a collage with one!  This is a card I did three years ago for a St. Pat's Day theme at our live ATC trade in Milwaukee.

If you do celebrate this weekend, have fun and be safe so I can wish you "Cead mile failte" come Monday mornin'!  :D

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Veteran Flowers

No, I don't mean flowers who have had a couple of tours - I mean these little guys:

I got these in the "Flea Market" section of Manto Fev!

If you live in the U.S., chances are you've seen veterans selling these at restaurants or stores at certain times of the year.  In these parts, the men selling these flowers are typically quite elderly.  When I was a kid, they were probably WWI or WWII veterans; now, they're more than likely either Korean War or Vietnam War vets.  Because my dad was a Marine stationed in the South Pacific during WWII, we always bought a flower when we saw them being sold.  I'm sure he felt a camaraderie with these vets.

According to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the "Buddy Poppy", as it's formally called, has been distributed since Memorial Day, 1922 - nearly four years after the Armistice of 1918 (WWI).  The next year, the disabled vets began assembling these flowers so that they could make some money of their own.  There was even a Buddy Poppy factory in Pittsburgh!

The whole idea of these flowers, and more specifically, the poppy, arose from a poem called "In Flanders Fields" by Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.  It's a beautiful and moving poem he penned in 1915 - he didn't like it and threw it away, but it was retrieved by his fellow soldiers (according to tradition). According to Wikipedia, it's one of Canada's most published literary works.

As a kid and young adult, I always loved these poppies for their ephemeral qualities; as a grown woman, I still appreciate the ephemera aspect, but have also come to realize their importance on a much greater scale.  I suppose it's a concept that doesn't come easily to the young, unless they've lived it; only through loss and time can one truly fathom the horror of war and the consequences we all must pay because of it.

I was going to save this blog post and run it on Memorial Day but then I thought, why is it that we only seem to pause for our vets twice a year?  Maybe this post will serve as a reminder that there are SO many men and women who need our help, support and respect every day, not just Memorial and Veterans (Armistice) Day.  We all need to remember that.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Paoli!

No, Paoli isn't a type of pasta - it's just about the cutest town you could ever visit.  Actually, it's more like an enclave - and the term "nestled" will be bandied about.  If you've never heard of Paoli, and I'm pretty sure you haven't, don't feel bad - I don't even think many Wisconsin folks know about this little gem, which is located about 40 minutes southwest of Madison.

My family and I visited this adorable burg this past Saturday, specifically to hang out at Artisan Gallery.  This high-end gallery is located in an old creamery, and the owners kept a lot of the original hardware and stone.  The place is gorgeous and it's so odd to have such an urban space in this tiny town!  They also have a fantastic eatery called the Creamery Cafe.  I can't wait to see this brochure in another 25 years or so!  Will it look dated?  I guess we'll have to wait and see.  :D

While the gallery was the main reason we went, this little cheese store, Paoli Cheese, is definitely a must-do.  It's so  cute (I'm sensing a trend here)!  The store can only comfortably hold about four people at a time, it's that small.  We made the trip worthwhile; Brian and I picked up a Horseradish Chive Havarti and a Morel and Leek Jack.  YUM!  Hey, we live in Wisconsin!  By law, we HAVE to try new cheeses - it's in the state charter (no, it's not, but it should be).  :D

So why am I telling you all of this?  For posterity.  Fifty years from now someone is going to rifle through the Perpetual Ephemera Depository and find these brochures for some town called "Paoli" (it's pronounced "pay-oh-lee", for the record).  They're going to wonder who went, and why.  This blog post will direct them to the answer.  See?  It'll be like a little scavenger hunt.  Unless I get to that cheese brochure before then - that would make a darn fine base to a collage about Gouda.  :D