Monday, November 15, 2010

My Snowman needs some vintage style ...

You know how much I love vintage images right? Finding them was a big part of my original job at Where Women Create (Chapelle publishing). I'd scour Ebay for fabulous old magazines and children's books and I LOVED it! How fun is that job? As a result of my sleuthing and Jo's scouring antique stores and shows, we have a library of vintage images that looks like this ....

And that doesn't include the thousands of postcards and paper ephemera that we have as well. I absolutely love to look through our vintage stash for inspiration ...

It really ignites my creative spark!

So remember this Snowman that I was SUPPOSED to finish last year?

I had a conundrum about what I should put in his hands. A garland? A bucket of Snowballs? DANG! So of course some other pressing project came along and he has been sitting on my shelf just waiting for a holiday accessory for 12 months ... Poor guy!

So last night it came to me ...

Check out the old Dennison books!

For those unfamiliar, The Dennison Manufacturing Co. was founded in 1844 making paper boxes, jewelry tags, display cards and the like. Shortly after the turn of the century, the company turned its attention to making their own crepe paper, which then led to the creation of party supplies. As a promotion to their party wares, they created pamphlets about parties, holidays and crafting.

The most popular of these were the Halloween edition called Bogie Books ...

They were published between 1909 and 1934, and are AMAZING! The illustrations are so charming and whimsical. I especially love the crepe paper costumes! Can you imagine the fire hazard? Plus, all that work for one wearing? Surely you couldn't wear it twice!

If you check Ebay you may find a good selection of Bogie books, but they go for quite a bit of money. However if you'd like to purchase a reproduction, Amazon has most of them. I know you're saying ... "Hello Paige! Halloween is over!" Yes. Yes. On to Christmas. In our collection (among other Dennison books) we have a mint condition 1925 Christmas book. Now that I'd like to use it, do you think I can find it? NOPE! No trace ... Isn't that the way it goes?

So tonight I went back to Ebay where I found (and put bids on) ..

PLUS ...


My Snowman needs a stylish something to hold. Maybe a crepe paper rosette? Or a noise maker? Or a bucket of Snowballs? A garland? A staff? UGH! He can't go another year! Plus, I really want to make a few more Mr. Snowmen.

Save Mr. Snowman Dennison Manufacturing Company:)



  1. My fingers and toes are crossed my friend...these vintage books are amazing.

    Your Snowman is sweet...

    xoxoxo Hugs for a great day.

  2. Wow what beautiful vintage books! What an amazing collection indeed. Loving your blog and so happy you reached out for a tweet :)

    x Molly

  3. oh wow, paige! how cool. the illustrations are so you. like koralee commented, my fingers and toes are crossed!

    keep us posted on what your little snowman will hold. ah, the possibilities ...


  4. I just stumbled upon your site and wanted to tell you its much prettiness to get lost in. I will definitely be checking back to see your future visual feasts :)

  5. I love these books! They are just my style ;)
    Hugs, Lisa