Thursday, March 31, 2011

Old Stamp Album Pages: Cataloguing Philatelic Tools

I have to tell you, I may not know all that much about stamp collecting in general. However, this does not stop me from enjoying all things philatelic, including these tools, which are so old fashioned and wonderful, I wish I could have at least the "Pocket Magnarule" in my hands at this moment.
The Scott company is still doing business in the stamp world, but I doubt they'll take exception to anything we publish online out of their 1930 Album's pages (a personal favorite of this collector's pride), for it can only further the trade in stamp collecting, buying and selling, etc. It's an art, really, one refined over decades of honest toil.
To me, each stamp has a history, no matter how new or old. I enjoy each story told by every skid, gouge, tear, crease, cancellation, or marring of the stamps I now possess.
All of the images in this post are from the 1930 Edition of the Scott Stamp & Coin Company's ("1 west 47th Street, New York, U.S.A.") International Junior Postage Stamp Album, the cover and collage page lettering of which may be found at our most popular offering to date (find it HERE).
Happy Stamp Collecting--and Happy Creativity!
Please see more in red below these images. Thanks!
Rose


Vintage Stamp Collecting Tools
PAGE 1
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PAGE 2
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Detail
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More Tools
Rulers
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Magnifying Glass
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Magnifying Glass #2
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Tongs
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Border Only
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Victorian Illustration: A Woman With a Little Dog

It is a lovely day for a walk in the park for these ladies and their young children. There's just one thing, though. Who is this woman? There's certainly money in her world, enough to keep her looking up to date and comfortable, no matter the weather. Her parasol seems out of place in the picture, unless she's trying to preserve her white skin, as so many ladies did then. One good question might be, "But for whose eyes?" Is she a "kept woman"? All her accessories spell "French dressmaker," or "French Maid." A curiosity, no?
Happy Creativity!
Rose & Studio Friends

Victorian Mystery Woman
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Advertisement: A Grand Touring Car by Atlas motors

Isn't this old car a beauty? Just think of it--a car costing $2,000 back then might translate today into the $100,000 range, if not a lot more. It's impressive, because for its time, very few motors were being made in the United States of that value or style. Historically speaking, there's more to be found out at this webpage.
Handcrafting all the bells and whistles of such a model may have taken many days, not to mention any hand tufting to its leather upholstered seating. And one simply couldn't do without "James," the chauffeur! It must have been "unseemly" for a lady to drive herself to any location. But times were changing, and spirited women everywhere could feel the power of ownership of one's car as something to strive for.
Happy Creativity everybody!
;) Rose
Atlas Motor-Car Advertisement


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Monday, March 28, 2011

Victorian Travel Abroad

Pack your imaginary bags!--we're heading for 1850's Constantinople! The illustration below (in 2 versions) is from an antique volume, circa (we think) 1840's or so. Just for fun, we thought we'd include a map to help you along the way. Ships, horsedrawn vehicles, and your two feet will have to suffice, of course. No trains to Constantinople (known today as Istanbul) back then! ;)
Happy Creativity!
Rose

1840's Constantinople Street Scene
Black & White
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Original Look
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General Map
including parts of North Africa and the Black ("Schwarzes") Sea

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"You are here"!!!
Detail of Area
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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Victorian Illustration: Dairymaids All In a Row

This late Victorian illustration pleases the partial farm girl in me. They all look so fresh, these dairymaids, all bonneted or hatted and ready for their new morning of work. The guy in the smock with the apron is so mid-Victorian I have to smile. Now, mind the cow pats everyone! ;)
Happy Creativity!
Rose


Victorian Dairymaids

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Original Patina
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Old Style Country Living

Have you noticed a general lack of buidings depicted here? We finally took stock, and realized this would have to change. Out of our archives, this antique illustration was taken, spruced up, and given its matching Downloadable twin, all so that our collection can branch out a little.
I like the contours of the roof, the fact that there is more than just the one chimney, and so on. It really is a pretty old place. I'd kind of like to step back into its era for a chance to enter through that lovely old door, and find a basket of flowers on a table, or a fire warming the heart of the home. Places like this are rare as hen's teeth nowadays. I know I'd love to get my hands on one!
Happy Creativity!
Rose


Old World Farmhouse/Cottage
(Lightened, cleaned up)

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Wild Papers!!!

Okay, so I'm caught red-handed! I LOVE to play with the pretty papers!
{Somewhere, the Victorian graphic artist who first designed the basis for today's entry has to be turning in her/his grave!}
Now that we've got that out of the way, here are my wild experiments in colorizing antique patterned papers for your use. We did a test print, and though we found the turnout to be softer than they appeared on screen, they were certainly still wild enough and loud enough to play with. Just think of this as the tie-dyed T-shirt art of this blog. Maybe I let March madness take hold for a minute or two. Suffice it to say, we like these, and hope you can use them for your various creations. Call me crazy, but here they are!
Happy Creativity!
Rose
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Pretty Papers Gone Wild!

"1969"
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"Kaleidoscope"
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"Funkadelic 2"
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Blacklight Glow
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Friday, March 25, 2011

Antique Advertisement: Gentlemen's Apparel

I found this advertisement in the pages of a compendium of issues of a very old magazine, one which has yielded already two ads before . This time, I thought I'd give our "gentlemen callers" a chance to upgrade their apparel for the new season. Although why anyone would chose to wear anything waterproof against the skin, I couldn't tell you! Have fun, guys! ;)
Happy Creativity!
Rose

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Easter Postcard #4: Fuzzy Ducklings At Play

Dear Visitors to Plush Possum Studio:
Thank you for stopping by here. 
I so appreciate the many visits that have been made by all of you over the years since I first began this Free Graphics blog. Most visits here have not involved your commenting, and I do not mind that at all. Guests here might like to know that as of April of 2016, there have been well over 1,000 comments left here by guests for over 500 posts, not counting my own responses. A number of these still really do make me smile. 
The top 2 posts of all time have so far had well over 34,000 Pageviews between the 2 combined--and that excludes my own visits here. And even when I was away from blogging for several years, and could provide no new content, guests still visited here fairly often.
By your coming here, you have shown me that you have trusted that I could provide you with something useful to you toward the creation of something that I might never get any chances to see, but which I know must have occurred. And this, too, makes me smile. That is my entire purpose in keeping this blog, so naturally I am smiling. (Imagine providing a coloring page for children to use on rainy days, and knowing some moms have been able to use them!)
:)
This blog was created so that some free things can be kept free to the public, and ready to use, as well as for as long as possible. I wanted to give images as it is best to receive them: a cleaned up and ready-to-use collection of usable, free images made for those without much time for bother. What I find is that many free images online tend to be of very poor quality. Of course, not all of the ones here are very good, either. That is because this is also a blog about learning how to become acquainted with the uses of Photoshop products. The quality here did grow over time, but not without a few hiccups or mistakes along the way.

About this post:
This particular post has been a fairly popular one for years. I loved this postcard once. When I first saw it in the Antique shop, I thought of it as charming or cute. Today, although I like pretty pictures and find old correspondence art fascinating (anything sent in the mail a long time ago is of interest among history nerds LOL), the real history of the celebration of certain spring or seasonal holidays has begun to trouble me.
This is because some further study has taught me that not every Easter tradition fits with how I practice my beliefs. The same would apply to Christmas, that I do not see as having been Jesus' birthday after all, even though I once saw it that way.
Now, some traditions are different, and I mean no one any disrespect through saying so. I like my readers to be at ease with me, after all. Growing up, it seemed perfectly natural to celebrate both Easter and Christmas. In my family, we kept both holidays for many years with much eager enthusiasm.
Today, however, I find that I must ask myself, "What is it that I am actually celebrating here?"
Lately, as I keep learning new things about certain old practices, I have found out much that really does trouble me. 
It isn't always easy to see how certain cultural ideals have crossed paths and been combined in ways that won't really fit with what I do believe. For some people, there would be no real problem, as they are at ease at all times with all traditional belief systems, and find combining fun. I am uneasy with the idea of Easter now based upon some of the things that I've learned.
Today, both Easter and Christmas do make me rather uneasy. 
Again, I mean nobody any disrespect. I am simply reassessing my own life, including certain beliefs. So this pair of images may well soon be removed for that very reason. I thought that it would be more fair to give fair warning than to just suddenly remove some things without any reasonable explanation for doing so.
Today, and for me personally,  the enjoyment of spring is not an Easter-y thing at all. Spring offers all sorts of fun things such as young animals and birds nesting. To enjoy such a refreshing start to another season seems only natural, but I will not call it Easter myself at all. I now observe Christ's Passover, and I take it seriously. What others choose will, of course, be a matter of decision for them.
In other words, I won't have any qualms offering my wild bird eggs or my Spring Garden Sets, as per usual, whereas my ideas have changed about both Easter and Christmas, in general. Enjoying the changes in weather or season is a part of the enjoyment of life, isn't it?
Please forgive me for being so blunt. I like openminded company, and prefer to be at ease being myself, and so I would never judge or put down anyone else for doing the same. 
And yet. Easter, for me, is not really faithful to the way I practice my faith today.
Please forgive me while I pause to reassess.

Thank you for your understanding.

I happen to really like this one. I guess I'd have to say it is my favorite out of any we've shown so far in its theme group. The charm of it is obvious, but what matters to me is all that attention to detail. Each little duck seems to have its own personality. What better way to say that spring's arrived than a bundle of these happy little guys?
Happy Creativity!
Rose

Easter Ducklings Postcard Front

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Postcard Reverse

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Plush Page Ornaments #2: Victorian Rose Trellis

Just another reason why I love to blog this way, and why the group keeps asking me for more. Do I love page ornaments? You bet! You can guess why I love roses! ;) This design is a pretty enough one, I thought I'd try it in different colorways, as before. When they didn't turn out quite as jewel-like in color as our first ones {if you missed our first, go HERE}, they still seemed nice enough for sharing. So here we are, and Spring's arrived--and just in time for some of us who have been snowed under more than once over the winter months.
Happy Creativity, everybody!
Rose & Studio Friends

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*RUBY*

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*SAPPHIRE*

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*EMERALD*

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*AMETHYST*

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*GARNET*

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*TURQUOISE*

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*SEPIA*

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*ORIGINAL*

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Monday, March 21, 2011

MORE Pretty Papers For Your Pleasure

After conducting a series of test prints at our home office, we have determined that much of what came before our recent conversion to our higher resolution format is simply substandard. It will not meet our standards for the better print-off.
Now, granted, what we did already seems to have helped tolerably well enough to where our newest offerings at least top what we had up before. We are still in the process of remodeling our entire outlook on what is printable and how to give you our best.
To that end, our team is beginning to keep close tabs on any printable work we place online. This means, from time to time, we may find we must pull from our online offerings any or all items found not to meet our standards.
We are trying it again this week, and are welcoming any comers for feedback on past printing along with any taken here of the newer stock recently.
Ultimately, it is how we serve our crafts community which is mattering most here. So do say something if you can see a problem developing. We'll take it all in stride, and try to do our best for you.


Meanwhile, here is the best the office could produce out of our stock from past efforts here at the Studio. This updated version is by no means an identical offering, mainly because those colors we offered at outset would fade out into a blur. What looked right on screen simply had no color or "pop" once printed. While we have tried to remain faithful to those colors offered before, no amount of trial and error has yielded the results we had hoped for you to here today. it is hoped it any future offerings will neither disappoint nor turn away those whose presence makes this fun project of ours truly worthwhile.


In short, here are the New Colors for the same project from one of our earlier offerings.
Thanks so much for your loyal support through any changes and/or growing pains we might encounter!
Rose & Studio Friends


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Also, please do not take credit for any works which were never yours.
Thank You
The Studio


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Pretty Papers For Your Pleasure Take Two

*AQUA*

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*LEAF GREEN*

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*BLUEBELL*

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*GRAPE*

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*RASPBERRY PATCH*

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*BITTERSWEET*

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

It's a Frame-up #2: Colorful Page Frames c. 1897

This fun frame we found in a periodical from the turn of the last century. We liked the size and the freedom it gave for further embellishment.
I've chosen a few classic colors for our readers, along with a few jazzy, modern colors to play with.
Happy Creativity!
Rose & Studio Friends

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Red
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Classic Green
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Sepia Gold
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Purple
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Turquoise
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Lime
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Hot(ish) Pink
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Photograph: Woman Standing for Portrait

Here we have one example of why I love to do this kind of work. This woman is so serious and somber. If you were to examine her closely, you'd find she's wearing perhaps her Sunday best, including earbobs. From about 1875 or so, we found her for sale recently--and instantly of interest to us. Her name is handwritten on the reverse side. She looks like she could have, perhaps, been a teacher, although her real story may have to remain buried in the past. We hope you'll enjoy her as much as we do.
Happy Creating!
Rose & Studio Friends

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Reverse 



Just for fun, we've added the logo from the back.
Photography Logo

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