Sunday, September 13, 2015

Certificate of Baptism 1906

Every once in a while I will purchase some antique books from people in the US. I came across this certificate in one of those books. It is the baptism certificate for Gladys Eleanor DeRodes who was born on March 10th, 1905 and was baptised on February 25th, 1906. It has been folded several times and is nearly ripping into two. It's so lovely, a little piece of history and family keepsake that should be cherished. Even if not by the family. One of those huge life milestones you look forward to and can't believe has passed so quickly when you are raising your own children.

This Guy

I have looked up the name on this card in many variations so many times I am convinced that he was a figment of someones imagination. Ha, alright probably not, but I still give up. If anyone out there has any ideas, I am open to suggestions. Hand painted, and not so well, I might add, this little beauty fell out of a Danish book that was published in the 1908. It didn't seem to belong in the book it was found it, but the back does suggest it may have been glued into another book or pamphlet at one time. Any tales of yellow faced, white bearded men who had a thing for mice and books ring a bell?  That could make for a very interesting, if not freaky, idea for a book.

A Girl in a Toga

First thought that comes to mind is this girl was conned into doing a dramatic role for some old Shakespearean play and is donning the toga, ferns, and the headband completely against her will.  Well, it would be against my will. She is holding her arms in a bit of a defensive way, shy perhaps. The dress not covering all the bits she had hoped that it would? This photo has no date on it, rotten, but it looks early 1900's to me.

Doesn't this remind you of a Jane Austen type thing to do? Or like Little Women when they would all dress up and put on plays just for fun? It's a pretty cool and unique picture to be hanging out in a book for who knows how long. Our girl here is married, so let's suggest that her husband just loved the photo and tucked it away to keep it safe. Isn't that a lovely thought.

Shaggy Haired Boys

There's no date on this little piece of paper and the back has nothing on it that helps either. I am guessing these boys might have been known to the person who left this in a book, or perhaps they were famous! Anyone look familiar? A boy band from Denmark? The hair makes me think the 60's or 70's, but they are dressed so indistinct to a time period, could be now. Someone had a crush!
 I remember cutting out pictures and articles about people I had a crush on when I was young. I had this serious infatuation with Mikhail Baryshnikov , the dancer. He is, was, and always will be my crush boy. If you don't know him, look him up on YouTube, or you can see him as The Russian that Carrie dates on Sex and The City. Still so very swoon worthy.