I recently attended the Allentown Paper and Book Show in Allentown, PA. As a first time attendee, I had no idea that it was such a large show. I could have stayed for the two days. I went to search for a few vintage postcards. I found booths filled with all types of old photographs, magazines, advertising, sheet music, posters and more. Vintage cameras, World’s Fair items, romantic Valentines, toys, old maps, matchbooks and original drawings were plentiful. The original vintage signage was fun and bright. There was even a booth with display supplies for collectors and dealers.
Every year framers from all over the world gather at the West Coast Art and Frame Show in Las Vegas for five days of classes, vendor exhibits and networking to strengthen our industry. I just returned with fabulous new ideas and a few awards too.
On September 30, the Metro Atlantic Professional Picture Framers Association met for a private tour with frame historian Suzanne Smeaton at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Framers and vendors from three states attended the event. It was inspiring to be with others in the industry, discussing art and framing and I came back to the shop with many fresh ideas.
Welcome to Greetings From Susan, my online Etsy store. For those of you who are not familiar with Etsy, let me explain. Etsy is an e-commerce website where you can shop for unique handmade, vintage and craft supply items. There are over 1.6 million individual shops selling on Etsy and over 25 million buyers worldwide. It was launched in 2005 and the headquarters are in Brooklyn, New York.
In 2014, after being in a storefront location for several decades, I felt that it was time to expand our audience from just the Bucks County/Philadelphia/NJ location to a greater area. I chose Etsy because many of my customers were coming to me to frame items that they had purchased online. Etsy had a great reputation, so I thought that I would give it a try with one of my passions, vintage postcards. I had been framing many vintage postcards for family, friends and my customers and I enjoyed creating unique projects. Vintage postcards and ephemera bring back happy memories, taking us back to our youth, a fun occasion or a place that we lived.
Selling online has a little bit of a learning curve, but it’s exciting and gratifying. I can be open 24/7 instead of just regular business hours. I routinely ship all over the US and even overseas now and then. Initially I only wanted to sell matted vintage postcards, but I tweaked my shop to include both matted and unmatted postcards. Soon I will add greeting cards. It’s been a great opportunity and I look forward to seeing “Greetings From Susan” grow. If you are in the area, stop by our shop at 295 Buck Road, Holland, PA 18966.
Check out www.GreetingsFromSusan.Etsy.com
If you have ever visited Margate, New Jersey you probably passed by Lucy the Elephant. Built in 1881, Lucy is a six story structure that attracts thousands of visitors each year. As a framer, opportunities to frame Lucy are plentiful! Here are a few of Whispering Woods Gallery’s projects. Contact Sue for more about prints, vintage postcards and framing. 215-364-4321.
Greetings! I have been busy creating new vintage postcard items at Whispering Woods Gallery. Look below for a preview before they are offered in my Etsy shop. They are a great gift for Mom, Dad or Grad. Add a stunning “ready to go”frame and UV filtering glass for only an additional $50. Visit our shop in Holland, PA to see hundreds of your favorite places.
Wishing you all a sweet 2016! Whispering Woods Gallery is happy to enter our 29th year in Holland, Pa offering Bucks County the best custom framing in the area. All work is done in house by a PPFA Certified Master Picture Framer. Over the years we have received awards in design, workmanship and preservation practice. We offer photo restoration, photo imaging, and design services, in addition to our award winning custom framing. Give us a call to see how we can help. We look forward to serving you in 2016!
One of the most intriguing items at Whispering Woods Gallery is the historic map collection portal. We offer your favorite maps from all over Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Philadelphia, NJ Shore points, New York City, and all over the USA. Let’s take it a bit further. We offer over 1.6 million maps from all over the world! We offer our maps unframed but we suggest letting us frame them to look their best to last for generations. These maps are printed to your specifications. Want to give it a spin? Go to our map site to look for US Maps. Looking for a world map or something a little different? This page will let you travel the world!
One of my favorite types of vintage maps is the “Birdseye View.” These maps were made in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Sometimes referred as aero or panoramic views, they are non-photographic maps of cities and towns from above. See the Margate map below. Want to search for your town? Search here for “Birdseye View” maps. Just put in the state that you are interested in, to get going.
For a price quote or to order call Sue at 215-364-4321. Need this for a holiday gift? Hurry as the maps are printed just for you.
Happiness isn’t something you experience, it is something you remember. -Oscar Levant
Whispering Woods Gallery is excited to offer vintage postcards. When we create a postcard montage for somebody we are reminding them of happy times from a vacation spot, their hometown, or a school that they attended.
We don’t sell copies, all are authentic. We have offerings framed, matted and unmatted. We’ve set up an online Etsy shop so that all can shop with us. Feel free to visit our shop 24/7. Here is a collection of framed postcard projects created at Whispering Woods Gallery. Have an idea? Give Susan a call to create a gift they won’t forget.
Whispering Woods Gallery recently completed a job of seven framed US currency sheets for Kenny of Holland. It was a learning experience and very interesting project.
Interested in the history of American money? Here’s a Brief History from The Bureau of Engraving and Printing. It includes the origins, production, and timeline of US Currency. Interested in buying currency for framing? Here is where you can purchase new uncut currency as shown in our photos. Remember that a gift of framed money is a gift for the “hard to buy for” people on your holiday gift list.
Here are a few fun facts about currency (from federalreserve.gov):
Did you know that the lifespan of a $10 bill is 4.5 years?
Did you know that it takes about 4,000 double folds before a bill will tear?
Did you know that it 454 bills weigh out to be one pound?
Did you know that US Currency paper is made out of 75 percent cotton and 25 percent linen?
Whispering Woods Gallery is proud to be an exclusive P. Buckley Moss dealer since 1989. Beauty on the Row is a spectacular new giclee print by Pat measuring 20 x 30″ in an edition of 250 with 25 artists proofs. Issued in 2015, the price is $650 and available by special order. Contact Sue for more details at 215-364-4321. Stop by the shop to see our extensive selection. To see more on Pat’s work.