Saturday, August 10, 2013

Tapestry Under Glass

I love this tray.  There's nothing fancy about it and it's clearly homemade.  In my view I can see that someone was trying to preserve a piece of something special, something loved.  A tiny piece of treasure to pass down but whose meaning has long been lost.  

It's a simple design utilizing an old photo frame, a piece of glass, two brass handles and some nails.  Put it all together and it becomes a beautiful tray for a ladies dresser.  Perhaps it was a place to lay jewelry, keep perfume bottles, her comb and mirror.  We don't know who it belonged to but we're happy to have brought it back to life.  

Getting a good picture has been difficult.  The glass reflects everything and though I'm not completely happy with these pictures they are the best I've been able to get.  The closeup of the fabric was the most difficult because I did not take it out of the frame which is obvious from the light reflection at the bottom.  All in all though you still see the beauty of the material as well as the waterstains.   Through the years Moran Place fell victim to a lot of leaks that damaged many things.  Many people would focus on the damage, we focus on the beauty and the heritage. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Blue Aviary Fine Linen Handkerchief by Tammis Keefe

Before there were boxes of Kleenex or Posh Puffs people utilized handkerchiefs to wipe their noses, catch those sneezes and wipe perspiration from the brow.  Which seems a real shame considering the beauty and artwork of some of the handkerchiefs!

The design for this handkerchief was created by Tammis Keefe.  Tammis was born in 1913 and studied at the Chouinard Institute of Art.  At one time she worked at the Disney studios and later was the art director for Arts and Architecture magazine.  In the late 1940's she began designing fine linen and cotton handkerchiefs with eye-popping colors and whimsical designs.  In addition to handkerchiefs she designed scarves, linen kitchen towels and table cloths.  She was one of the first women fabric designers to have her signature appear on her work. Because of their beautiful designs and the captivating subjects many people would frame the handkerchiefs and display them as works of art.   Tammis Keefe died in 1960.

This design by Keefe is called "Blue Aviary" and most likely belonged to Virginia Shumate Moran of Moran Place.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

1908 Travel Brochures

Here are a few travel brochures that Uncle Brud saved from his trip out west in 1908.  Brud enjoyed traveling and took many trips including a cruise of the Caribbean with stops at Jamaica, Cuba, and a new thing they were building called the Panama Canal.