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Pictures of old stuff

vintage sheet music… kneeling and praying girl

My Dad recently brought down stacks of vintage sheet music and other old oddities into the studio here for me to list and photograph. Most of it is now photographed.

watches, spoon, vintage, antique

The majority of the sheet music dates to the 1940’s and earlier. Some of it even dates to the late 1800’s!

Most of the metal items and trinkets are now listed in the OLDisNEW vintage shop. The sheet music however, I’ll be listing during the coming weeks.

An instant collection of vintage Canadian cigar boxes and a little Doyle family history

collection of vintage cigar boxes tucketts, benson hedges, rob burns, invincibles, pandora cigars

All these cigar boxes had belonged to my great uncle George Doyle and date from the 1920’s to the 1940’s. I come from a long line of collector’s, skilled tradespeople, homesteaders, artists, thinkers and tinkerers. While each of us currently collects things that mean something to us, many of the items we have are simply not something we need or want to keep but may be something you would enjoy owning.

With that said, My Dad and I recently began stocking the Doyle family vintage shop again, last week. We will continue to stock it with knicks knacks, collectables, paper ephemera, period advertisements, tins, houewares, supplies, Saint John NB historical items, WWII themed things and many more wonderful pieces of history!

I do all the online work, photographing, listing and packaging. While my Dad, cleans the items and together we date them. His living memory goes back 65 years, so this certainly is more advantageous than my 37 years. Together, we expect to have hundreds of listings added to the shop during the next few months. I’ll be blogging about select items here on the blog as I did in the past too. There is a vintage category.

This is my hobby folks, while art creation is my job. And if you have a hobby and haven’t been practicing that hobby for a while, then you are all to aware with what happens when you neglect your hobby for months or years…

So, today I’m happy to share with you a collection of five vintage cigar boxes.

Pictured Cigar Boxes

  1. Tucketts Marguerite Cigar Box
  2. Rare – Rob Burns – Invincibles – For Auld Lang Syne Cigar Box
  3. Pandora Cigars – Aged in Cedar, Patented – Panetela – Cigar Box
  4. Rob T. Burns – General Cigar Co. Limited – Invincibles Cigar Box
  5. Benson & Hedges – Number 7 Cigar Box

collection of vintage cigar boxes tucketts margueritte, benson hedges, rob burns, invincibles, pandora cigars

This collection of vintage cigar boxes can be purchased in the Doyle Family Vintage Shop, OLDisNEW.

What are your hobbies? Do you get cranky and become unfocused when you can’t or choose to not to practice your hobby and procrastinate instead? I hadn’t practiced my hobby since late 2009! It’s been far too long.

OLDisNEW Thursday – Antique Babbitt’s Cleanser Paper Coupons

These coupons were cut and saved by many people in the early 20th century including my Great Uncle George! There are various marks and cut edges surrounding each coupon from removing it from the original label.

Each coupon was cut from the paper wrapping surrounding a tin of Babbit’s Cleanser sometime in the early 1920’s. I came across a small stack of them recently hidden away inside a tin that I have since sold. There is both French and English text printed on the backside of the coupon. Use them in your art, your scrapbooking projects or to collect.

Each coupon measures 2 1/2 inches wide (7cm).

You can get your coupons on OLDisNEW.

OLDisNEW Thursday – Circa 1900 Folding Metal Corkscrew

Just a quickie antique corkscrew for this week’s OLDisNEW feature…

This corkscrew is solid metal and clicks into place when fully opened.

Opened Size – 4 1/2 inches /// 11,5cm
Closed Size – 2 3/4 inches /// 7cm

And this folding metal corkscrew made the front page of Etsy a few weeks ago! You can view alternative pics of it in the listing.

OLDisNEW antique circa 1900 folding metal corkscrew on the front page of Etsy

OLSisNEW Thursday – 1927-1932 Westclox Baby Ben De Luxe – Tick Tock

This manual wind up alarm clock was manufactured by the Western Clock Company between 1927-1932. It was manufactured in Petersborough, Canada and sadly very little is known about the Canadian Westclox factory.

Westclox Baby Ben De Luxe specs:

  • Height: 3 1/8 inches
  • Width (base): 3 1/16 inches
  • Dial minute track diameter: 2 1/16 inches
  • Weight: 12 ounces
  • Polished Nickel Finish

The front of the clock face has darkened considerably. Other than that it works good, ticks and the alarm does ring when set. It had belonged to my Great Uncle George who passed away in the mid-eighties.

And If you enjoy reading about clocks, I contributed to a clock with history to Little sister Checking the Time on the Star of the East blog. Go and read this blog. It fabulous. Back in October 2008 I was commissioned by Esther and Estella to do some design work for them to.

The Baby Ben clock is listed in the shop!

Tick Tock!

OLDisNEW Thursday – Vintage Road Signs

I love old paper and have been known to take apart a book or two to get at certain sections contained within that book to use as an art supply in collage or to draw upon. There are 13 actual pages from the Civics and Government section printed in the first edition Readers Digest Great Encyclopaedic Dictionary printed in 1965.

These are NOT reproduction pages.

  • 5 7/8″ by 9″ or 14.8cm by 22.9cm
  • 13 full pages printed on both sides
  • Many illustrations
  • Civics and Government terms in alphabetical order with descriptions

You can find the Roads Signs paper in the shop.