More shopping… Announcement

You can now find me on Etsy!  The time has come to let go of some of my treasures (only a few, mind). In addition, there are digital items for creative pursuits. I will add more, including my own works, so I hope you’ll make a note and check out the shop in the future. […]

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Puzzling

How are you? I hope still ok and continuing to cope with whatever your life looks like now for you and your loved ones! I don’t have that much time on my hands but have, as many others, re-discovered my love of doing jig-saw puzzles. I find it takes me away from brooding – and […]

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Learning to dance

Never mind dancing – enjoy the vintage record sleeves and book cover!

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RSVP

a selection of Invitations to tempt you out of the house – when lockdown is over.

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Rainy Days

apologies for a ‘moody’ post

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Dear Deer

Wonderful examples of deers on christmas cards; including the most famous of them all

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Commerce & Christmas

christmas cards from the good old days: sent by companies to customers.

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Happy Halloween

Der Flügelflagel gaustertdurchs Wiruwaruwolz,die rote Fingur plaustertund grausig gutzt der Golz. Christian Morgenstern: “Gruselett” – from Galgenlieder (Gallows Songs), 1905 The Winglewangle phluttersthrough widowadowood,the crimson Fingoor spluttersand scary screaks the Scrood. Scariboo: The Gallows Songs: Christian Morgenstern’s Galgenlieder ;A Selection; Translated, with an Introduction, by Max Knight University of California Press 1964.© 1963 by Max E. Knight […]

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(H)Owls

As the nights draw in and Halloween is nigh’; my thoughts turned to owls – they can be seen as wise but also as menacing, they can be harbingers of lucky news, good health or of death. And here are some examples illustrating these different views – I hope you like them. and if you […]

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Autumn Haiku

Autumn approachingAutumn has come!Hasn’t he justgently moved the curtain? Hattori Ransetsu (1654 – 1707)“You yellow chrysanthemums! – Japanese worldly wisdom – Adaptations of japanese Haiku by Anna von Rottauscher. 1939, Publisher: W. Scheuermann

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FILM POSTERS

Originally posted on HELLFIRE HALL:
This is an ongoing project which will be updated when additional material becomes available.

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Pastimes for rainy days

It’s Sunday, and it’s raining… and the neighbours want their peace and quiet. So what did you give your child on one of those days to play with? Fuzzy Felt! Each box contains felt shapes & a flat board to fix the shapes to, plus a piece of paper giving ideas of designs to recreate.  […]

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Modes (and joys) of Travel – part 3

No fairy-tale connections this time… though I can’t help thinking that flying (today’s main mode) is a ‘wonder’. For (much!) more “retro adverts and comic covers” on the theme head over to Super-blogger ‘The Vintage Toy Advertiser (TVTA)‘s post – Highly recommended. Tower Press was a British jigsaw and games manufacturer, most active from the 1930s […]

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Heissa Walpurgisnacht

Tonight’s the night…. when witches assemble and revel on the Brocken (the highest of the Harz Mountains in north central Germany). They dance and fly over a huge fire – and the devil is the guest of honour. In some parts of northern Germany (certainly in my home village!) the custom of lighting huge fires […]

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Happy Easter!

Wishing all my readers a very happy and sunshiny Easter 2019! And I leave you with the ‘most famous’ hare (not rabbit!) on postcards..

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An Easter Find

I hope you enjoy this recent ‘find’ as much as I do: it’s a tiny (4x6cm) handmade booklet featuring a little rabbit in various places. The cover is illegible so I don’t know who made it for whom. I like to think it was from an older sibling for a younger one. But not much […]

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The little duck rules

Black and white newswpaper Advert for Mickey's Fun Fair - a card game with 2 sets of cards

Today I present images of a card game that is now 80 years old – and my copy certainly looks its age. Mickey’s Fun Fair was originally published in 1939 in the UK “by permission of Walt Disney-Mickey-Mouse-Ltd” under the title ‘Pepys series‘, an imprint of Castell Brothers. This followed the huge success the publishers […]

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There’s always Paris

Having written about ‘Love’ in the last 2 posts, Paris came to mind – or rather, my romantic notion of it – based on childhood TV series such as The Persuaders or Jason King . While it is doubtful any scenes were actually shot in Paris the illusion of worldwide (luxury) travel was wonderful. Here’s […]

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Feel the love 2

I hope you’ll all be ‘in luck‘ not just on this year’s Valentine’s Day! Without further ado, here are some of my favourites from the 50s to 70s from my collection:First: Angry to Sweet A German versionI long for ‘The one’ love – for someone who I’d love to write to, telling him he’s the […]

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Feel the love 1

A confession: I never received a Valentine card before I moved to England. Valentine’s Day has only become popular (read: commercialised) in the last few decades in Germany, although cards have been printed there for much longer – here is an example from the beginning of this Century. Others have told the history of this […]

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Winterreise 2

Teddy Edward was one of the most travelled teddy bears in the world. There were 19 books and even a TV series (with a great tune – music only below) . In my possession is ‘Teddy Edward’s Winter Holiday’ and I am bound to agree with Enid Blyton: she apparently said that “Teddy Edward seemed […]

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Winterreise 1

It’s cold outside… so a sleighride seems a fitting tribute to today. Enjoy! I love this spinning top – not just the movement but the jingling sound – reminds me of sleigh-bells. I assume it is from the 60s or 70s former Soviet Union. If there is anyone out there who knows what the ‘AP’ […]

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Happy New Year!

Hope you had a good start to 2019 – and that all your hopes and wishes get fulfilled!

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Have a good one

My very best wishes to all of my readers – have a wonderful time whatever you do! If it gets too much, you can always follow this advice:

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What were they thinking?

A few curios from my collection – I wonder who came up with these ideas and who said : ‘yes, let’s go with that’. They are fun, though. A monkey-puzzle: I really don’t understand this one … I can only assume this was a gift card that came with the item.. Well, I’m looking forward […]

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Advent

drawing of rabbit in snow in front of large barn with Christmas wreath

Oh, the joy of happy anticipation of Christmas! Something of a luxury these days… The time before Christmas seems to fly by now but when I was a child it seemed to take ages. Advent calendars helped pass the wait – and they were ‘just’ images. By the time chocolate ones came into fashion it […]

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Pop-up books – Fairy-tales

Paper-mechanics have been around for centuries but the phrase ‘pop-up book’ was only copyrighted in 1932 (by Blue Ribbon Press, Chicago). You can find out more about the history and makers on the excellent The Popuplady So here are a few images from my collection. I’ve chosen some fairy-tales on this occasion because of the […]

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RIP Ricky Jay

I am saddened by the loss of Ricky Jay. I became a fan after having seen him in David Mamet’s ‘House of Games’ (in my favourite movies list). I was lucky enough to see him live performing ‘Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants’  – he was the greatest! Magician, actor, writer  – I will miss […]

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Spectres

Halloween is coming! If you’d like to see ghosts without any danger attached, here’s the book for you: ‘Spectropia, or Surprising Spectral Illusions’ (first published in 1863) “showing ghosts everywhere and of any colour”. The images are wonderful in their own right – directions below (no technology needed!)   Directions: “To see the spectres, it is […]

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Variations on a tale

“She was my first love. I felt that if I could have married Little Red Riding-Hood, I should have known perfect bliss.” Charles Dickens, A Christmas Tree. These ‘scrap’ or ‘die-cut’ sheets both date from the late 50s/early 60s – one was produced in what was then the GDR, the other in ‘West Germany’. I know […]

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Are you feline lucky?

Excuse the pun – I couldn’t resist! There’s not only the international ‘Black Cat Appreciation Day’ (always in August) but also a ‘National Black Cat Day’ here in the UK (always in October). Why?According to the Cat Protection Society, it takes a week longer for black cats to be housed than other cats. One of […]

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It’s in the (paper) bag

Once upon a time people carried their shopping home in paper rather than plastic bags. Often these were simply brown or white but many displayed advertising. In my view, the 60s and 70s had the best designs. Some companies,  for example the May-Werke ; even had their own ‘paper-processing’ department. The company no longer produces dairy […]

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Autumn: Poetry & Earth Stars

‘Herbsttag’ by Rainer Maria Rilke (1902) is one of Germany’s (and my…) favourite poems – particularly so after this year’s spectacular summer in the UK. And here’s my favourite reading – by the unsurpassed Otto Sander:   LORD: it is time. The summer was so grand. Upon sundials now Thy shadow lay, Set free Thy […]

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Games without Frontiers

Spiel ohne Grenzen, Jeux Sans Frontieres, It’s a Knockout… Apparently the French title was the inspiration for the song “Games without frontiers‘ by Peter Gabriel: He even sang it in German (the lyrics are rather difficult to make out) I was – and still am – fully subscribed to the idea of all countries being able […]

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Modes of Travel – part 2

“It rained and snowed terribly; besides, the wind was so high, that it threw him twice off his horse, and night coming on, he began to apprehend being either starved to death with cold and hunger, or else devoured by the wolves, whom he heard howling all round him, when, on a sudden, looking through […]

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Party time!

At last, the days and evenings are becoming warmer – and Summer time means Party time, don’t you think? So, are you ready? Have you set a date? Ok, let’s go: First, send out these fantastic invitation cards, who could resist saying ‘YES!”? And to show off your fun yet sophisticated character you’ll have napkins […]

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Season’s Greetings and Merry Christmas 🌲⭐️🌲

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