“Vintage is Now” Day 22- WWII USS Rawlins

USS Rawlins custom framed ship
USS Rawlins custom framed ship
We custom framed this photo of the USS Rawlins for a 90th birthday gift for a US Navy Sailor from Bucks County PA

This photo reprint of the USS Rawlins was recently framed to celebrate a 90th birthday for a sailor who served on this ship in the South Pacific during WWII. We were asked to include the ribbons of this very young sailor who was anxious to join the war.

We love the patriotic colors and we thank this fine soldier for protecting our country!

“Vintage is Now” Day 21- Memories Montage

Custom framed photo montage
Custom FramedMemories Montage
We framed these snapshots for a senior citizen moving into an independent living community.

A few months ago we worked on an interesting project of framing many snapshots for a new resident of a nearby independent living community. She stopped by the shop with a very large folder of her favorite photos. There were dozens of images spanning many decades! It took a while but we narrowed them down to make two pleasing arrangements. Each photo was meaningful and would bring joy. The framing was exactly to her specifications to fit in two places in her living area.

We had several challenges. We had to select from so many important photos.  Also we had to keep the size to a minimum.  All of the photos were from different time periods so nothing matched.  All of the photo sizes were unique making layout a challenge.

The end result  was perfect and we are delighted to preserve these memories for a resident new to the area.

Custom framed photo montage
Custom framed photo montage to fit in a specific spot.

“Vintage is Now” Day 20-Shoe box photos come to life!

One of our customers came in with these snapshots to create a meaningful birthday gift for her husband. We experimented by moving the photos around to come up with this creative arrangement. At Whispering Woods Gallery every framing project is a custom design.

We framed the original snapshots using a double solid color archival matboard, TruVue Museum glass and an elegant Larson Juhl frame that is perfect for vintage items. The largest photo was embellished with a classic corner cut with a computerized matcutter.

Most of us have a few boxes of vintage photos in our closets or under a bed. Why not pick some favorites and make them come back to life? They make a great gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, anniversary or holiday gift giving.

“Vintage is Now” Day 19-Framed World War II pencil sketch and vintage photos

WWII custom framed sketch with photos
WWII custom framed sketch with photos
A sketch by US Army combat engineer Warren Stichtenoth was framed with original photographs.

Day 19 of Whispering Woods Gallery’s “Vintage is Now” goes back to WWII-1945. US Army combat engineer Warren Stichtenoth created this “Cannon Bunker” sketch and a local resident, Wayne Potok recently custom framed it to remember his Dad, Charles Potok.

We included original photographs with the sketch and added an engraved brass plate giving pertinent details. The combination of items worked out very nicely.

Sadly many our WWII vets are not here share their experiences. Through photos we can share history and keep their memories alive.

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“Vintage is Now” Day 18-1960’s Baby Photos

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Today’s “Vintage is Now” photo shows a series of Kim’s fun baby photos from the late 1960’s. These photos bring a smile to everyone that views them! They were framed in the 80’s elsewhere in very bold colors and it was time for a bit of updating.

We cut this six opening mat on our Wizard computerized matcutter. Kim chose a stylish ornate Larson Juhl frame with a bit of whimsy. We added an engraved plate with her name and the date. The matting choice is very neutral so whatever home decor colors might be popular, this project will look great.

Thank you Kim for letting us share your photos!

“Vintage is Now” Day 17- Early 1900’s head shot and Ladies Business Card

Custom framed photo and calling card
Custom framed photo and calling card
Early 1900’s photo and calling card.

Day 17 of Whispering Woods Gallery’s “Vintage is Now” series features a simple project that means a lot to me. This is an original photo of my grandmother Sophie with her calling card. Similar to a business card, a calling card announced your arrival when visiting. I feel honored to have this as it is a great reminder of my hard-working, determined grandmother.  It’s on display at Whispering Woods Gallery.

The Larson Juhl vintage style frame is perfect for the early 1900 period of the project. The open v-groove leads you from the photo to the calling card.  My choice was TruVue Museum Glass to protect from damaging UV light rays.

I know that Grandma would have approved! To see the complete series of “Vintage is Now” visit our Blog Page.

“Vintage is Now” Day 16-Grandparents~ Custom Framed To Be Remembered

Custom framed wedding portrait
Custom framed wedding portrait
A custom framed 1920’s wedding portrait.

This is one of the loveliest vintage wedding photos that we have framed. When Lisa of Philadelphia came in with this large original 1920’s photo, I knew that it would be special.  It was to be a  gift to her older sister.  Lisa did not know her grandparents but wanted it to be something that wold be loved for years to come.

Everything about her selection is neutral and timeless. She opted for TruVue Museum Glass and chose solid color core mats that don’t leave an obtrusive white line at the mat bevel. The Larson Juhl warm silver frame goes perfectly with the style of the photograph.

Lisa was extremely pleased and we think she looks like her grandmother-almost 100 years later!

Custom framed vintage wedding portrait
Lisa was very pleased with the custom framed portrait of her grandparents.

 

 

“Vintage is Now” Day 15-Memories of Mom and Dad

Framed pony and wedding photos
Framed pony and wedding photos
We combined pony and wedding photos in this vintage photo project

Day 15 of Whispering Woods Gallery’s “Vintage is Now” series is a unique combination. We combined three photos into one frame for Bill of Newtown, Pa. In the center we see Bill’s parents wedding photograph from 1957 and 1930’s pony pictures of his mom and dad from different parts of Philadelphia.  Bill’s mother grew up in the Tacony section of Philadelphia and his father grew up in West Philadelphia.  Both photos are from the age of five years old.

On a side note, many of us have pony pictures of family. They look wonderful custom framed. We love Bill’s idea of combining them with his parent’s wedding photo.  To read more on pony photographs we found a book that you might want to read- A Pony in the Picture: Vintage Portraits of Children and Ponies,  by Victoria Randall. 

For this project we scanned the photos and digitally manipulated the color of the trio to look pleasing together. We sized them to make an interesting arrangement. New copies were generated for this framed piece. The double mat of solid core matboard complements the Larson Juhl Marais frame. We included a brass plate with Bill’s parents names and the year that they were married. Bill is happy to have this sweet reminder of his parents and their happy memories many years ago.

If Bill looks familiar, you might have met him at a local appraisal event or at an antique show. He owns Imagine Antiques and Appraisals and specializes in early lithographs, political Americana, metalware,  American & European ceramics, ephemera, sports memorabilia, and pop culture.

Bill D’Anjolell of Imagine Antiques and Appraisals holds a custom framed trio of photos of his parents.

 

“Vintage is Now” Day 14-From a wedding album

Wedding photo custom framed
Wedding photo custom framed
This is a photo from a 1952 wedding album. It was the sister of the bride and her husband. We scanned and printed a new copy for this project which hangs in our shop.

Welcome! Today’s “Vintage is Now” photo is from a 1952 wedding album. This was the matron of honor and sister of the bride and her husband. The photography is stunning showing the reflections in the mirror. We proudly display this in our shop.

The custom framing is a bit creative! It has curvy mat cuts in the solid color core matboard. The mat colors were carefully selected to blend with the tones in the photo.  The shimmery Larson Juhl frame is gutsy but works well. It also comes in silver and gold and is a best seller at Whispering Woods Gallery. The TruVue Museum glass invites you right into the photo.

Whispering Woods Gallery is an award winning picture frame shop in Bucks County, PA. With 31 years of experience will we creatively frame your photos, documents and memorabilia. We hope to see you soon!

“Vintage is Now” Day 13- A Vintage Postcard and Snapshot

Vintage photo and postcard custom framed
Vintage photo and postcard custom framed
Mom and Dad met in the late 1940’s on Chelsea Beach in Atlantic City, NJ.

Welcome to Day 13 of Whispering Woods Gallery’s “Vintage is Now” series. This custom framing project is a fun one! This goes back to the late 1940’s where my Mom and Dad met on Chelsea Beach in Atlantic City, NJ. It was after WWII and Atlantic City was the place to be. I have included a vintage postcard of the approximate same time period in the same place. The building in back of my parents is the Ambassador and it is the middle building in the postcard.

The framing is simple. I used a beachy light wood with a gray wash and solid core white rag mats. It was challenging to make choice that went with both pieces. I cut the mat on my Computerized Mat Cutter. The frame is by a Pennsylvania manufacturer.

This is a project that makes a great gift and can be delivered quickly.  I have thousands of fun vintage postcards in the shop and we just need you to supply the photograph. What a great gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or graduation!

”Vintage is Now” Day 12-NY School for the Deaf photo and medals

Photo and Medals
Photo and Medals
NY School for the Deaf portrait and medals

“Vintage is Now” Day 12-NY School for the Deaf in Manhattan. This photo dates back to the early 1900’s. These are authentic medals, however we made a copy of the original photo to use in this project.  The young deaf man is wearing his medals on his jacket. Sad to say, the young man died in the flu epidemic of 1918, leaving a wife and two year old baby son. For many years, this hung in the residence of the son who lived until the age of 97.

One of my favorite touches is the open v-groove surrounding the photo. The style of the elegant silver frame is appropriate for the time period.

The New York School for the Deaf was founded in 1818 and still exists today in White Plains, NY. In 1892 this was the first school of any kind in the United States to add a military curriculum. The center medal was awarded for “Best Drill Officer.”

We proudly display this custom framed piece at Whispering Woods Gallery.

“Vintage is Now” Day 11-Four 1940’s Baby Photos

7412B408-15BF-4650-9DF2-5D4BBEEEDFF6Our Day 11 “Vintage is Now” photo is four small black and white photos taken by a professional photographer in the 1940’s. Every time that I see this project I smile! This little guy was so cute! Yes, he’s still cute! He recently found these when he downsized and had me reframe them for his new home. They had a little acid burn from the previous mat but all in all they were in good shape. The neutral mats and classic silver frame that he chose are perfect.

Baby photos make great meaningful wall decor.  Stop by and we are happy to give you some ideas for display.