A few months ago I received a unique project to custom frame. Dominic of NJ came to me with a large copy of the Declaration of Independence reproduced full size onto calfskin parchment. It was the first time that I had seen a replica so close to the original Declaration of Independence. Each skin is stretched and hand scraped. To read more about the process of making these fine art reproductions, visit Patrigraphica of Cincinnati.
The document was cockled, and I was concerned because as a professional framer I will never permanently mount an animal skin. Diplomas printed on sheep skin or parchment are common and special care must be taken when framing. I consulted many of my colleagues on how to handle the skin, but there was no definitive answer. Dominic assured me that he was ok with waves and I proceeded to frame it.
I used a rag backing board, archival mats, Tru-Vue Museum Glass, and a black and gold Larson Juhl moulding from the Hudson line. I hinged the parchment to the backing board using Japanese paper hinges with wheat starch paste. A gold plate with a quote was added to the bottom of the mat.
Dominic said, “I was completely overwhelmed with joy when Sue revealed my project to me.” He was delighted and hopefully in the future he will add more historic documents. We wish Dominic years of success! For more information on the makers of these fine documents, read about Patrigraphica.
We recently framed this Eagle Scout award dating back to 1963. Did you know that about over the years, 2.5 million Boy Scouts have achieved this rank? The Eagle Scout designation goes back to 1911 and only about 4 percent of Boy Scouts achieve this honor.
We took special care to design an aesthetically pleasing custom framed display for the simple Eagle Scout medal. We added an engraved plate to help tell the story. This will be proudly displayed in a home office.
What are your accomplishments? We can frame certificates, medals, photos, and pins. It’s never too late to frame your diplomas, athletic achievements or newspaper clippings. Stop by Whispering Woods Gallery in Holland, Bucks County and we will help you pick out the perfect combination to make your achievements shine!
During my 31 years of framing, I have framed just a few funeral Mass cards. This is one that I will always remember. This was a Mass card honoring John F. Kennedy. I framed it for Judy of Holland quite a while ago. It was an honor to frame it and I felt that I was contributing to preserve history. I was just a year old at the time when JFK was assassinated.
The framing was simple, functional, and period appropriate. An elegant ruled line in gold framed the mat opening. A second piece of glass and several mats were added to the back so that both sides could be viewed. We added an “Easel Mate” so that it could sit on a shelf. Museum Glass was used on the front to cut down on the glare.
Judy acquired this by way of a family member. There are some available for a fair price on Ebay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 10 of “Vintage is Now” features a candid snapshot of a mother and son in the 1940’s. It was taken in the backyard on a sunny day. It is honest. There was no primping or posing. The subjects were immigrants who were grateful for everything.
This photo came from a “shoebox collection” of photos. Most families have a box or two of these. Sometimes they are a semi-glossy photo with cool deckled edges. Looking through a box of these is an adventure through the past.
The tone on tone white matting is simple. The matting design frames the image and draws your eye into the photo. We used a traditional frame that would have felt perfect in this home. The mom in the photo passed away in 1952, but we know that future generations will have a glimpse of a their family matriarch.
Day 9 of “Vintage is Now” is a sad one. We framed an original military photo with a Purple Heart certificate and medals all in one frame. Our young US soldier was killed in action on December 25, 1944 in Europe during the Battle of the Bulge.
This was a gift from a niece of the deceased to a nephew of the deceased. She chose a tasteful Larson Juhl Biltmore frame. Although it does not show in the photo, the frame is deep enough to accommodate the thickness of the medals. We used Museum glass and solid color core matboard. The mat opening around the medals was embellished with a classic corner from our computerized matcutter. We were honored to win a Larson Juhl Design Star award for this several years ago.
Custom framing keeps our memories alive. Thanks to all that served our Country. We won’t forget you.
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.
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.
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.