Monday, April 1, 2013

Road Trip Ephemera!

How many of you have "road-tripped"?

If you have, you know the joys (and sometimes, perils) of the open road.  I daresay it is the quintessentially American way to travel!  And for most of us over the age of 40, it was the only way we vacationed as kids. I don't know anyone who actually flew back in the '70s - no, we got in the car, sans child car seats and possibly even safety belts, and we saw this great land of ours via highway.  And if this is a memory for you, no doubt you were warned, at some point during the trip, that the "authorities" of the car would just turn it right back around if we didn't behave.  :)

My sister Jen, her husband Mike, and their two daughters Natalie and Mia have just returned from such a journey.  They saw much of the middle portion of our country, from top to bottom, starting in Wisconsin: Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.  They logged over 3500 miles and 60 hours in the car.  And they loved every minute of it!  My niece Natalie, who will be 16 in one month (!), also practiced some highway driving, leaving mom and dad to relax for a change (okay, maybe not relax, per se, but it took the onus off for a bit).

One of their many stops along the way was the great city of Austin, Texas.  There, Jen and Mike encountered an AMAZING antique store called Uncommon Objects.  Oh boy - MY kind of place!  While they were there, they found some wonderful little artifacts, like this Glory cereal sample bag:

I know - it's like an Aaron Copeland song come to life, isn't it?  :D  My guess is that they gave out these little samples at the grocery or general store.  As you can see, it's from the Teichgraeber Milling Co. of Gypsum, Kansas.  Seriously - is there any more "American" name than Glory?  The whole item just screams early 20th century patriotism.  Judging by the fonts and colors, I'm going to put this at the late teens-early '20s.  It's in astonishingly good shape!

The other wonderful find that I was given is this little notebook with *GASP* grid paper!!

It's even got some handwriting in the book, dated April 6, 1934 - almost exactly 79 years ago!  Jen bought it for me not only because of the cover and handwriting, but for the front and back inside covers as well:

*SWOON*!!!  She was right - I LOVE them.  I don't know how I'm going to use them yet, but they are definitely going to find a place in my artwork.

You can be envious - I do indeed have the most thoughtful sister EVER!  :D


  1. and here I thought you meant she picked you up some free maps, travel pamphlets, etc. while they were on the road!! lol!! These are great!

    1. OOH! That would be great too, Jennifer, but the fact that my sister actually picked these things out especially for me makes them even more special! :D

  2. Well done sister! What a treasure she is.

    1. Don't I know it, Jo! I'm really lucky! :D