“Vintage is Now” Day 8-Shore memories with snapshots, souvenirs, and a map

Vintage Postcard Shadowbox

403EF7B7-A932-49FE-8010-607495BA3FACToday’s “Vintage is Now” project is a collage of family memories. It was featured in Picture Framing Magazine in 2017. It consists of vintage snapshots from the 1950’s, vintage postcards, a map, and some Jersey Shore souvenirs of the same time period. On this piece we made copies of our original 1950’s photos. We matted them with custom hand embossed matboard in fun summer colors. Combining vintage postcards and photographs makes an interesting composition.

Stop by our shop to this vacation memories shadowbox. In the near future it will travel to Margate, NJ for others to enjoy.  Let Whispering Woods Gallery help you bring back the good times!

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“Vintage Is Now” Day 7-1940’s NYC Copacabana Club souvenir photo

Vintage custom framed photo
Vintage custom framed photo
An enlarged Copacabana souvenir photo from the 1940’s.

Our Day 7 “Vintage is Now” photo goes back to WWII and the Copacabana Club in New York City. This was enlarged from a souvenir keepsake taken by a professional photographer who went from table to table taking photos.  We enlarged this and it hangs in a dining room. The handsome couple have passed away but are remembered every day.

Whispering Woods Gallery showed creativity in the mat cutting. Neutral mats draw you into the very interesting photo. The elegant vintage warm silver frame is perfect. We never tire of looking at this custom framed photograph.

“Vintage is Now” Day 6-a 1955 black and white snapshot montage

Custom Framed Baby Snapshots from 1955
Custom Framed Baby Snapshots from 1955
Baby snapshots from the summer of 1955.

Day 6 of Whispering Woods Gallery’s “Vintage is Now” features a series of snapshots from a warm spring day in 1955. The framed piece was given to the baby, now an adult, for a special birthday. The baby photos were a surprise as they had been tucked away in a cousin’s collection. We can tell that much thought and love went into the photography.

Although the framing looks simple, there’s a lot going on. It hangs in a modern shore home so the frame needed to be contemporary. We used a silver water gilded Larson Juhl frame made in France. To soften it a bit, a scooped fillet was added inside the frame.  The mats are solid color neutrals of white with a pale gray. A v-groove with classic corner embellishment was added to group the photos into a collection.

Sharing real vintage photos is a sweet gesture that will delight the recipient. These photos will be admired by house guests and will be passed down for generations.

Custom framed baby photo montage
Note the elegant v-groove in the solid color core mats.

“Vintage is Now” Day 5-1957 Snapshot restored, enlarged and beautifully framed

Curtis Hall wedding snapshot
Wedding snapshot restoration and enlargement
1957 Curtis Hall Wedding Snapshot restoration and enlargement

“Vintage is Now” day #5 features a 1957 snapshot of a groom, his sister and parents at Curtis Hall Arboretum just outside of Philadelphia.  Sixty years later, Curtis Hall is still a lovely place to celebrate a wedding! It’s a great photo and a favorite vintage photo project.

We scanned the original candid snapshot, digitally cleaned up the cracks and abrasions and enlarged it. We thoughtfully framed it to give as a gift to the young lady on the left with the great hair style!  Are you looking for a unique gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day? Look through an old wedding album or search through some shoe boxes of photos. Choose a few and drop by and we will do the rest.

“Vintage is Now”Day 4 -WWII Telegram, Photo & Purple Heart

Custom Framed Military Telegram, photo and Purple heart
Custom Framed Military Telegram, photo and Purple heart
A telegram from 1944. We are glad that this soldier made it home.

Day 4 of “Vintage is Now” features an original telegram, military photo and Purple Heart medal. The telegram was a way of communication before emails and social media. A wartime telegram often brought bad news and was dreaded. We are glad that this soldier recovered and came home from WWII to make a beautiful family.

This project uses an elegant Larson Juhl solid hardwood Cranbrook frame. It’s made in the USA and is classic and timeless.  We created this project years ago and the simple design is still fresh.   A engraved brass nameplate helps tell the rest of the story. This is a piece that will be handed down for generations. Thanks to all who serve in our Military.

“Vintage is Now” Day 3- World War II Group Photo Restoration

Photo Restoration
Photo Restoration
Photo restoration of a photo stuck to glass.

Photo restoration is a service offered at Whispering Woods Gallery. This group photo from Fort Bragg 1942 came to us without a mat and in an old frame. It had been stored and it sustained water damage. The photo was adhered to the glass in some areas. If we tried to separate the photo from the glass, it would rip. We scanned the photo through the glass, fixed the blemishes digitally and then printed a new copy for our customer. A solid color core mat and new frame were selected. This was a gift for our customer’s son who also served in the Armed Forces.

Water Damaged Photo
Water Damaged Photo Before

“Vintage is Now” Day 2 – Vintage 60’s black and white candid trio

Vintage photos 1960’s
Vintage photos 1960’s
Traveling back to 1968

This is a trio of original black and white photos taken in 1968 of a five year old in Atlantic City, NJ.  Whispering Woods Gallery framed the project  in the late 1980’s and it still looks great due to conservation framing practices.  The simple classic framing lets the viewer focus on the subject matter. The glossy black lacquer frame adds a touch of whimsy to the project. The neutral solid core rag mat still looks perfect, thirty years later.

The photographer not only captured the personality of the child but also the details of the house. Note the second door handle for little people. The fig tree, the texture of the siding, the architectural details all bring back memories of the summer of 1968.

Do you have a candid photo from the past? Stop by and we will frame it to look great for you and future generations.

 

“Vintage is Now” Day 1 – Framed 1950’s Wedding Cake Topper

Custom Framed Cake Topper
Framed Wedding Photos and Cake Topper
Mom and Dad’s framed Wedding Photos and Cake Topper

If you have visited Whispering Woods Gallery, you probably have seen this piece displayed on our framing example wall. It’s one of my all time favorite projects. It consists of two wedding photos of my parents and their original wedding cake topper.  Although I have their original wedding portrait hanging in my home, these photos were generated by scanning from my parent’s wedding album and printing new photos. It’s a smart idea to check for permission by the photographer/studio first before reproducing photographs.

The black frame is a simple yet deep dimensional frame by Larson Juhl. The mat was a textured silk top mat with a black inner mat. The bride and groom sit on a white moire platform, similar to the cake. The TruVue Museum glass looks virtually invisible. The silver engraved nameplate has my parent’s names and their wedding date.

This is a piece that will be passed down for generations. My Mom saved her wedding cake topper because it was precious to her. Everyday I view this piece and see the love that  started our family. If we didn’t have a well preserved wedding album, this project would not have been possible. Make sure that your digital files will withstand the challenges of new technology. We look forward to preserving your memories at Whispering Woods Gallery.

Framed Vintage Photograph Projects

Vintage Wedding Photo

Vintage photographs are one of the most popular items that we frame at Whispering Woods Gallery. Sometimes we digitally restore an older photo and print out a new copy to frame. We combine vintage photographs with an item such as a military medal, calling card, piece of jewelry or some other type of memento. Sometimes we just frame the original photo. We carefully determine your needs when you meet with us. The frame can be simple or ornate. The style can be traditional, contemporary or transitional. We have a wide variety of frames and every project is unique.

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Peter Keating – Bucks County Poster

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Whispering Woods Gallery offers local art and custom framing. This is a vintage Peter Keating Poster from 1986.  It’s a classic and timeless. Peter Keating, an artist who lived in Bucks County in the 1970’s and 1980’s, painted beautiful rural scenes of Bucks County.  We offer this poster in your choice of custom frame. It would look great in a home or office. If you are looking for local traditional art, give us a call at 215-364-4321.

SS Leopoldville-December 24, 1944

SS Leopoldville
SS. Leopoldville tragedy
A vintage postcard of the SS Leopoldville, which was torpedoed in the English Channel December 24, 1944. Seven hundred US Soldiers were killed.
Miraculously our father, Harold Gittlen was rescued.
The SS Leopoldville was a passenger ship converted to a troopship in WWII. It was torpedoed by the Germans on December 24, 1944 while transporting US Army soldiers of the 66th Infantry Division across the English Channel. 763 of the 2223 soldiers died that evening. Also 56 crew members perished.
Unfortunately the horrific event was kept out of the media. The survivors were not allowed to talk about the event and they were told that they would lose their Veterans benefits if information leaked.  Many of the families did not find out how their loved ones died until years later. Clive Cussler claims to have discovered the wreck in 1984.
This vintage postcard has great importance to my family. My father Harold Gittlen was rescued on a lifeboat in the 48 degree waters on that Christmas Eve, 1944.  Growing up he never spoke of this event.   Until recently I did not know the importance of this part of WWII history.  Allan Andrade wrote an extensive book on the Leopoldville, published in 1997.  It is called SS Leopoldville Disaster, December 24, 1944.

Welcome to my Etsy shop, “Greetings From Susan.”

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.

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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