ephemera from across the pond

25 Feb

cigarettecards6The beautiful Holly Trill was doing a clean-out and was asking on twitter if anyone was interested in a collection of vintage cigarette cards. She was happy to give them away for free to any loving and excited home, and as someone who constantly collects little pieces of paper ephemera (either as wall art inspiration, as collage material or as mail art goodies), I was all over the offer. cigarettecards2 cigarettecards4 cigarettecards1 cigarettecards5 cigarettecards3Inside the fat envelope, all the way from the UK, was over 140 cards in collectible sleeves, and about 30 other unsorted ones. It was such a bonny pile, that I only had room to share some of my absolute favorites. A few will find a place on my inspiration walls in the studio, and the others will most likely find suitable places in future outgoing mail art parcels. Thanks again for your generosity Holly!

10 Responses to “ephemera from across the pond”

  1. Marcus 25/02/2013 at 17:49 #

    Beautiful set! Is there anything written on the backs or are they just printed on the fronts? They certainly found the perfect home with you!

    • naturesmyfriend 03/03/2013 at 08:55 #

      UGH I didn’t even think to photograph the backs, but YES they are all covered with vital stats and info about the bird or beast. A few will end up in an envelope and find a perfect home with you i’m sure…

  2. Nicole Palmer 25/02/2013 at 20:09 #

    Oh my gosh that T. rex is awesome !!

    • naturesmyfriend 03/03/2013 at 08:56 #

      oh T Rex, your short little arms are so darn cute.

  3. Kat Chapman 25/02/2013 at 23:30 #

    Jealous! You could make a huge collage of them! Do you know when they were printed?!

    • naturesmyfriend 03/03/2013 at 08:57 #

      I don’t think they have dates, but they are definately vintage… the only “treats” that come in cigarette packs now are cards warning you about all the health risks etc. These are little collectibles from a by gone era.

  4. Annarack (@annajanesearle) 26/02/2013 at 04:41 #

    These are so beautiful

    • anika 01/03/2013 at 13:28 #

      what a gorgeous collection! something about vintage illustrations is so satisfying.

    • naturesmyfriend 03/03/2013 at 08:58 #

      Thanks! Did you blog about the constellation cards you scooped up from Holly yet?

    • naturesmyfriend 03/03/2013 at 08:59 #

      Anika, totally inspiring! I love vintage animal and anatomy illustrations SO much.

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