Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Musical Menus

Today I dug out my stack of vintage menus, nearly all from steamships of the 1940's through the 1960's. They are not something I collect, but rather are paper ephemera I have inherited, so to speak. 

I decided to list this one, Gentil Coquelicot, in my Etsy shop:

 is the translation of the song name.

I have 24 of these menus, from the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique, a shipping company in France, known in the U. S. as The French Line. They are all from the S. S. Ile de France, which was decorated entirely in Art Deco style. Can you imagine how amazing that must have looked?

Each has a different watercolor illustration of a French song on the front cover, and the words and song notes on the back. Inside, of course, is the menu of the day. Some are for Le Dejeuner (luncheon), but most are for Le Diner (dinner).

This song will be familiar to many readers, Frere Jacques, sometimes known as "Are You Sleeping?"

The watercolor illustrations, by Jean Mercier (1899 - 1995), are so lovely with subtle, yet vivid colors. This is one of my favorites.

Fais dodo is baby talk for "go to sleep."

If you would like to hear any of these songs, here is a website to visit:

Just type in the name of the song in the search box. Scroll down the page until you find the box titled "Listen." Then click on your preferred audio format.

Monday, March 16, 2015

March to the Vintage Weekend Show

Well, we skipped The Vintage Weekend Show in February, but we are March-ing back this month 3/20 - 3/22.

Seventeen dealer are participating, including these fine shops:

And, of course, yours truly:
Here are links to each dealer's shop:
Oh, and by the way, shipping is FREE to any U. S. address!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Vintage Weekend Show

Here it comes again ! Time for The Vintage Weekend Online Antiques and Collectibles Show, from January 23 through 25.

An "indoor" antique and collectibles show, there is no need to get in the car and drive. You can shop from home or from your favorite coffee place. Participating shops are only open one weekend a month on TicTail.com, from Friday through Sunday and then they close until the next one. If you find a treasure you like, better grab it right away.

Just head to this site:
to see a list of participating dealers.
Click on their links to head to their "booths."

 All purchases are paid through PayPal and shipping in the U.S. is always free.

Here is my market stall:

Do stop by and visit.