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Friday, 30 March 2012

On This Day...

30th March...

1945     British rock guitarist Eric Clapton was born.

1853     Dutch Post-Impressionist painter, Vincent Van Gough was born.
Sadly, At the time of his death, only one of his paintings had sold.

"I cannot help it that my paintings do not sell. The time will come when people will see that they are worth more than the price of the paint."
(Letter to his brother Theo, October 1888.)

1867    America buys Alaska from Russia for $7.2million. Senators in Washington are calling it "An awful lot of ice for an awful lot of dollars".

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Wonderful Illustrators. Freddie Langeler...

Freddie Langeler was a female, Dutch illustrator, born in 1900. She was self taught. Her real name was Johanna Frederika Langeler.

She mainly illustrated comic books, along with her husband, comics artist E M ten Harmsem van der Beek. Sadly, she died in 1948.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

On This Day...

1951   The premier of the musical 'The King and I' by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, was held at the St James Theatre on Broadway, New York City.

1886   A new fizzy drink went on sale at a pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. "Esteemed Brain Tonic and Intellectual Beverage" will cure anything from hysteria to the common cold, claimed inventor , Dr John Pemberton.

1827   Ludwig van Beethoven was buried, in Vienna, mourned by a crowd of more than 10,000.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

On This Day...

21st March...

1976   Pop stars David Bowie and Iggy Pop were arrested in a hotel room in Massachusetts, on marijuana charges. They were later released on bail of $2000 each.

1938 The first television news bulletin in the UK was broadcast, by the BBC. It was a television recording of a radio news program.

1685   German composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born.

Wonderful Illustrators. Rene Cloke...

Today I added a vintage children's book to my Etsy Shop. It is a Nursery Rhyme and story book, I think from 1940s. Illustrated by the wonderful Rene Cloke...

I have also sold greetings cards made from vintage Rene Cloke illustrations, so I decided to find out a little more about her.

Irene Mabel Neighbour (Rene) Cloke

Possibly best known as a postcard and greetings card designer Rene Cloke was also an author and illustrator of stories for very young children she also illustrated many annuals including Uncle Oojah's Big Annual, Blackie's Children's annuals, Tiny Tots, Jack and Jill, Playhour and Harold Hare.

Rene Rene Cloke was born in Plymouth, Devon in 1904, the daughter of a bank manager. On leaving school, she began work as an artist for the Edinburgh publishers, W R Chambers, illustrating its educational series The Radiant Way. She soon became well known as a painter of fairy subjects, which were reproduced by a number of publishers, including Medici for their greetings cards and Valentine for their postcards. She also illustrated several books for Enid Blyton including the three golliwogs, the Amelia Jane books, Brer Rabbit, Mr Meddle and Mr Pink Whistle.

Despite her success, Rene Cloke was a shy, quiet person, who spent her spare time walking in the West Country, with her sister, the concert pianist Olive Cloke and her brother, the architect, Douglas Neighbour Cloke. In 1928 she and her sister moved to Wimbledon, where they were able to enjoy walks on the Common, and to Richmond Park. She was a keen cricket fan and regularly attended test matches at The Oval and Lords; she was also keen on crosswords and especially enjoyed those printed in the Daily Telegraph. 

During the Second World War, she was employed by the War Office as a tracer, producing maps from photographs for use by the Royal Air Force. After the war she returned to her fairy illustrations, later gaining an exclusive contract with Award Publications. She continued to work until four months before her death in October 1995.

(The above is taken from )

Some more of Rene's artwork...

Easter Is Coming!

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

On This Day...

1969   Beatle John Lennon marries Japanese-American artist Yoko Ono.

1852   The novel 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' by Harriet Beecher Stowe was published.

1727   Sir Isaac Newton, English scientist who discovered the law of gravity was born.

Friday, 16 March 2012

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Unique, Handmade Easter Cards,,,

Beautiful Collectible Vintage Cards

Just placed these two absolute little gems onto Ebay.

New into Vintage Vic's Shop Today...

Keeping Your Breakfast Safe!

Adorable pair of vintage egg cups!

Great for your egg cup collection, or your breakfast!
Children will love them!
Made of Lightweight plastic, they should survive most breakfast table 'insidents'
(Parents will know what I mean!)

Click on the link below to take you to my shop...

On This Day...

16th March
1975   US blues musician T-Bone Walker dies

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1973   Queen Elizabeth II opened the new London Bridge; the old bridge had been sold and rebuilt in Arizona, USA.

1888   In Paris, France, Emile Roger makes the first recorded purchase of a motor car, a Benz.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Fab New Stock in Vintage Vic's Etsy Shop...

Great cards to collect, or use for scrapbooking, crafts etc

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Collecting, or Keeping, Greetings Cards...

This morning I received, in the post, a book I have bought. It is called 'Collecting Vintage Children's Greetings Cards' by Linda McPherson. It is fabulous! If you collect vintage greetings cards, or just like to look at them, I highly recommend this book. The pages are filled with wonderful colour pictures of adorable vintage artwork. Lots of information too, exploring the history of the artists and companies that produced these mini master pieces. It includes sections on many different subjects, including cowboys and indians, dolls, fairy tales, to name but a few. There is interesting information on artists such as, Mabel Lucie Attwell, Charlot Byj and Marjorie Cooper.All bound up in a glossy and highly decorative cover.

If you are looking for something to collect, I can highly recommend vintage greetings cards. They are easy to store, endlessly varied, affordable, and hunting them down is such fun. I collect these cards, but I also do more. I turn them into new greetings cards. Not by reproducing images, but by using the actual artwork for each item.  I love to think of each little beauty being given a second chance to be admired again.

I also sell vintage cards, not just children's, so that people may use them for scrap booking or crafting. It breaks my heart to think that over the years, many of these treasures simply sat on display for a few days and were then, thrown away! I keep many of the greetings cards that myself, my husband and our children are sent. Particularly, those that we give to each other. Some think it's a bit odd, but not me. As I look through them, there is our history. Almost as good as a photograph. People write such lovely messages in their cards sometimes. As I buy and sell them, the messages are so varied. One old card that I bought was in it's original envelope, which was addressed to 'Mrs Smith and her parrot'. I have cards that my children have drawn pictures in, signed in their careful, best handwriting, when they were just learning how to write! They are now 13 and 17 years old, so a trip down memory lane, to when they were little is both a joy and, if I'm honest, a bit of a tear jerker! Now, my daughter chooses beautiful cards for me herself and her writing is pretty and neat. My son favours cheeky cards to make me laugh, but I still get kisses inside, I hope they never grow out of that!

One day the cards we give and receive now, will become the collectibles of the future. I know people who just don't see the point to them. Buying and giving them grudgingly, whilst muttering about commercialism. I disagree. The act of picking out a card, chosen for the other person's taste or interests, says that you care, or it should. To be honest, on the rare times in my life that I have received a greetings card, that was obviously purchased with no thought, I would have preferred not to have received it at all.

I remember, many years ago, when I worked in a place that made me very unhappy, a member of staff, who clearly did not like me, mentioned that, if she disliked someone, she gave them the ugliest card she could find. When Christmas came around, the one she gave me could not have been more hideous! I got the point! This, however, was an abuse of the act of giving cards to one another.

The words inside are what really matters. Our lives are so busy and full and we sometimes take one another for granted, without meaning to. On certain days, therefore, it is touching to receive a card from someone who is special to you, which has been signed, 'love from'. After all, the best reason in the world for sending a greeting is to express that most important of all emotions...Love.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Scrapbooking and crafts...

I shall, tomorrow, begin adding the above to my Etsy shop
I shall also be placing items on Ebay and will let you know each time I do.

On This Day...

14th March

1976   Busby Berkeley, US choreographer and director of musical extravaganza died

1933    The English actor Michael Caine was born

1885   The premier of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'The Mikado' was held at the Savoy Theatre, London

More vintage facts tomorrow...