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30 May 2015

The June Bride Wears Vintage

June has always been the most popular month for weddings. Here are a few ideas of why this month is so popular. . .

The month of June derives its name from Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. It was thought that couples who married in June would be blessed with prosperity and happiness.

The 1948 movie “June Bride,” starring Bette Davis and Robert Montgomery, reinforced the connection of weddings and the month of June.

The 1954 musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” continued to reinforce this tradition with the song “June bride.”  Check out the lyrics below!

“Oh, they say when you marry in June you're a bride all your life,
and the bridegroom who marries in June gets a sweet-heart for a wife.
Winter weddings can be gay like a Christmas holiday,
but the JUNE BRIDE hears the song of a spring that lasts all summer long.
By the light of the silvery moon, home you ride side by side 
7 Brides with the echo of Mendelssohn's tune in your hearts as you ride.
For they say when you marry in June you will always be a bride.”

-- “June Bride” from the movie “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”

Whatever your wedding date is, I hope you enjoy some of these lovely
items from the Vintage Vertigo Team. Please click on the image or shop name for more information.

Wedding Brooch Bouquet Blue Hydrangea Vintage and New Jewelry For Bride or Wedding Decor

Vintage Sheer Off-White Gloves Lady's Evening Wedding Prom

Pair of Silver Candelabras, Three Light, Wallace Baroque Silver, Bridal Gift, Beautiful, Vintage 1940's Silver, Home Decor, Lighting

70s White Lace Wedding Dress // Vintage Lace White Long Sleeves Prairie Hippie Boho Wedding Dress, Size: XS

Rustic White Wooden Bird Cage, Vintage Victorian Bird Cage, Shabby Chic Wood and Wire Bird Cage, Chippy Distressed White Paint

Vintage Milk Glass Punch Bowl Set McKee Glass Co. 29 Piece Set, Milk Glass Concord Pattern, Serving, Wedding, Bridal, White Milk Glass Set

White Feather Flower Hair Clip Bridal

1980's dress. RETRO white dress! Beaded pearls attached vest! Size 16 Misses. Of course has shoulder pads!

Elegant Vintage Rhinestone Dangle Drop Earrings Vintage Bridal

Vintage Milk Glass Bud Vase Retro White Flower Holder Home Wedding Decor Set of 3


Vintage American Brilliant, Pressed Glass Bowl, 7"  wide, Wedding Decor, Mother's Day, For Her, Vintage Glass. Perfect Condition

1970's Bohemian Hand Crocheted White Wedding Dress Bohemian Peasant

Six Antique Place Card Holders Flower Pot Czech Glass Vintage Yellow White Set of Six

Silk Ascot Cravat Brocade Vintage New Nectie Champagne Gold Pale Pastel Yellow Mens Gift Wedding Accessory Silk Tie Sash

Vintage Signed Print, Harrison Fisher To Love and Cherish, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Early 1900s, Framed, Published by Reinthal & Newman, NY

When you marry in June you will always be a bride.

All items are from the Vintage Vertigo Team. Most items are vintage, but please read item descriptions carefully before purchase.

Thank you for visiting today,
 ~Diane ~   

For more vintage wedding items please visit our team page here


10 May 2015

What is Ephemera?

Read All About It!

Ephemera is any transitory written or printed matter meant for eventual repression (or not meant to be retained or preserved). The word derives from the Greek, meaning things lasting no more than a day. Some collectible ephemera are advertising trade cards, air sickness bags, bookmarks, catalogs, greeting cards, letters, pamphlets, postcards, posters, defunct stock certificates, tickets, and zines (Source: Wikipedia.org).

Over the years, more paper items have been lumped under the ephemera umbrella such as magazines (especially the advertisements and articles, photographs, stamps, bank notes and even books (prints, book plates etc).

It is amazing what people will collect. If it is made of paper, there is a collector who collects it. Some categories of ephemera are more desirable than others, but to a collector their ephemera collection is their world.

Come along as I share with you examples of the 
many various types of ephemera.

Calendars are a very collectible ephemera item primarily for the top portion of the calendar itself. Calendars may be local advertising or the Pin-up variety calendars (illustrations are of nude or scantily-clad women) are very popular and usually advertised a local business such as a service station/garage or a bar/tavern.

Most calendar collectors would prefer the complete year, which means the first calendar sheet shows January and the remaining 11 months are also present. But calendars with only the December sheet are still desirable if the advertising and illustration are of interest. Calendars come in all sizes and shapes. Check out the Pin-up calendar below, and yes, this is a Miss Piggy calendar from the 1980's!

Vintage Miss Piggy Photograph Fantasy Calendar Bathroom Decor Wall Hanging

Postcards are very collectible and also fall under the ephemera umbrella.  Postcards were the precursor of greeting cards and also cover almost every occasion you can think of.

 Vintage Train Postcard 20s Chicago Milwaukee & St Paul Railway The Olympian Train One Cent Green Washington Franked Stamp Souvenir

Greeting cards include birthday, get well or special occasion, with the most popular being Valentine's Day and Christmas.

Children's Birthday Cards ~ Vintage Unused Set of 4 with Envelopes

Collecting of labels also extends to food bottles, wooden crates, beer and wine bottles or medicine bottles.

 Lot vintage labels for food and beauty products early 20th century DESTASH

The collecting of matchbooks is a very popular area. Some collectors are generalist and collect any matchbooks. Other collectors are specialized, collecting local businesses, beer, hotel, transportation and the list goes on.


Tally card is a sheet for checking, counting, or scoring, as in the card game of bridge. The cards in the accompanying photo are quite colorful and elaborate, collector's also seek out home-made tally cards which can be just as colorful and unique as manufactured tally cards.

Feather Tally Cards, Birds, Made in Mexico, Vintage

Used or unused tickets or ticket stubs are quite popular. Again most collector's will specialize in the collecting of sporting events, theater or special events.

Carnival Tickets Double Raffle Ticket Sets Circus Ticket Paper Ephemera Lot for Upcycle Recycle Mixed Media Collage Pack Scrapbooks Green


A common collecting ephemera item are booklets or pamphlets. Every conceivable topic could be published in a booklet. These booklets were published for businesses to hand out to their customers. Some examples would include almanacs (Drugstores, Hardware Stores etc); medical or diseases (Insurance Companies such as Metropolitan); historical booklets relating to an individual, object, location or an event (tourism agencies, chamber of commerce, museums, libraries).

Also booklets could be about special activities, events, theater plays, educational, and the list goes on.

 Vintage Pflueger Pocket Catalog 160 - 1940's Fishing paraphernalia - Angler / Sports Collector / Fishing Tackler Booklet

An ephemera area that falls under breweriana. The collecting of beer coasters or beer mats. A piece of paper on which a beer bottle or mug is placed. These coasters and mats advertise the beer and breweries.

Holland Beer Coasters Beer Mats Drink Dutch Heineken Royal

This in itself is its own collecting area. As stamps and covers are paper, they are also considered ephemera. The photo shows a collection of postally used stamps still on paper (remains of the envelope).

Vintage Postal Stamps Paper Ephemera Lot of 50 Great Colors Graphics Paper Ephemera Mixed Media Paper Craft

I separated recipe booklets from the general booklets that I mentioned above. Many food companies of the time published recipe cookbooks which were handed out by grocery stores, butcher shops, etc. Often a patron could write to the food company to request a recipe booklet for the cost of postage. These are advertising cookbooks, as the booklet may contain information and facts about their food product and all the recipes contain the company ingredients.

Additionally, kitchen appliance manufacturers included the how-to-use the appliance booklet, usually with a section of recipes.

5 Vintage Spices Herbs Cookbooks on Their Use and Origin

A Happy Day - Dairy  Council Promotion booklet - 1962 printing - Miriam Jane Hurford

To close out this article, here are some other items that would be classified as ephemera. Examples of these include catalogs, brochures, broadsides, correspondence, maps, sheet music and on and on.

Songs from Walt Disney's Mary Poppins (Highlights for Very Easy Piano) - Vintage Sheet Music - Pub. 1966

African Map/ People Heritage/ Collectible/ World Map/  Double Sided.  1971 National Geographic.

Thank you for joining me today as we learned about the different kinds of Ephemera. All items are from members of the Vintage Vertigo Team on Etsy.
                                           -- John from QuinsippiMercantile