Category Archives: 1950s

Vintage Valentine with a Horse

Though it’s not dated (I’ve never even seen a date on a vintage valentine), this one looks to be from the 1940s or early 50s, judging from the style of the little boy’s shirt.

I sincerely hope that Reed and Lucy grew up to have happy and fulfilled lives.


Filed under 1940s, 1950s, Antiques/Vintage, Children, Ephemera, Valentine's Day

Letter to Audrey Hepburn

Once upon a time (about 3 years ago) there was a perfectly marvelous independent bookstore in Weatherford, Texas. And my kind husband bought this perfectly marvelous book for me there.

The Audrey Hepburn Treasures by Ellen Erwin and Jessica Z. Diamond.

It’s a totally different kind of book than I’d ever seen before. Not just prose. Not merely prose + photographs.

Each chapter has a glassine envelope with reprints ranging from contracts to letters to the program from one of her early shows to greeting cards she sent. And lots, lots more.

Such an interesting format.

And here is the reprint of an early fan letter she received. I think it’s touching that she kept it.

Here’s the lovely lady playing a cigarette girl in the 1950 film “Laughter in Paradise”.


Filed under 1950, Actresses, Bookstores, Ephemera, Femininity, Letters and Correspondence, Non-Fiction

Vintage Christmas Card, X

The gift with the blue ribbon is glittered.

This card looks like it’s from the early 1950s.

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Filed under 1950s, Antiques/Vintage, Christmas, Ephemera, Vintage Christmas Cards

Happy Father’s Day

Carl and Carla


Filed under 1957, Family, Mingo

Doris Day Paper Doll Clothes

The clothes below belong to the Doris Day paper doll set by Whitman, 1955. It is booklet #1952.

Go here for the first post.

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Filed under 1955, Childhood pastimes, Ephemera, Fashion, Paper Dolls

Vintage Formals

More photos from the Lone Star Antique Mall in Haltom City, Texas (near Ft. Worth).

Probably early 60s

Just inside the door to the right. I think the code on the tag for this booth says HO.

Mid to Late 60s

The dress above, as well as the pale green with the shawl, and the blue one are from Ruby Grace’s booth. Their website has more prom dresses and formals.

1960s Formal

Late 50s or early 60s - Front

The Back


I didn’t get the name or code of this booth, but it’s a bit farther toward the boutique, when leaving Ruby Grace’s.


Oh, that I would fit into one of these lovely dresses …


Filed under 1950s, 1960's, Antiques/Vintage, Dresses (Including Formals), Fashion, Femininity, Shopping

What Lies Ahead?

Another New Year’s Day … hopeful thoughts for a better year this time.

Two big events in 2010 were unexpected and unplanned. How do you plan for a lung tumor, surgery and a lonnnggg recovery period? And then there was the issue with our grandchildren last fall. I’m still not over that one.

Many people are cynical about New Year’s resolutions and the hope that this time things will be different. That I’ll be different.

“I do not understand what I do; for I don’t do what I would like to do, but instead I do what I hate.” Romans 7: 15

“I know that good does not live in me – that is, in my human nature. For even though the desire to do good is in me, I am not able to do it. I don’t do the good I want to do, instead, I do the evil that I do not want to do.” Romans 7:18

“What an unhappy man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is taking me to death? Thanks be to God, who does this through our Lord Jesus Christ!” Romans 7:24

(All from the Good News New Testament)

I’ve tried to leave cynicism behind because it’s unproductive and actually destructive. It’s just not much fun to be around someone who’s cynical or sarcastic.

So, even though I don’t know what 2011 holds, I know who holds it.

words and music by Ira Stanphill

I don’t know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day;
I don’t borrow from it’s sunshine,
For it’s skies may turn to gray.
I don’t worry o’er the future, For I know what Jesus said;
And today I’ll walk beside Him, For He knows what lies ahead

Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand;
But I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand

If Ira Stanphill’s name sounds familiar, maybe it’s because he wrote some of the great songs of our faith, like Mansion Over the Hilltop,
Room at the Cross
and Come Home It’s Suppertime.

Go here to for Alison Krauss’ version on youtube.


Filed under 1950, Faith, Scripture, Vicissitudes of Life, YouTube