“Vintage is Now” Day 30 – My First “Bad Hair Day”

Vintage baby photo custom framed
Vintage baby photo custom framed
My first bad hair day

Today we complete the “Vintage is Now” photo series. We end it with a photo from  the beginning of this framer’s photo album. This was the first photo taken of me and I was obviously starting the pattern of bad hair days.

This is a small photo with a simple rag mat embellished with five ruled French lines. I framed this years ago and it still looks classic. It hangs in a grouping in my home with other vintage photos. It makes me smile! Thanks for watching!

“Vintage is Now” Day 26 – Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Guitar Strings, Photo and Guitar Pick

Custom Framed Stevie Ray Vaughan photo, guitar strings and pick
Custom Framed Stevie Ray Vaughan photo, guitar strings and pick
This frame includes a Stevie Ray Vaughan photo, guitar strings and guitar pick.

Welcome to “Vintage is Now” day 26 where I feature a vintage photo of American blues musician Stevie Ray Vaughan, his guitar string packets and a guitar pick.  Combining a photo with objects helps to tell the story. We frequently frame signed photos of musicians, sometimes with posters and concert tickets. Many of these items are purchased on Ebay, from dealers or at auctions.

The frame was a simple black and silver Larson Juhl frame that was deep enough to accomodate the packets.  Museum Glass was used to prevent glare from the black mat.

Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed at the age of 35 in a helicopter crash. We were glad to frame this meaningful collection of items from a musician that left our world too soon. We know that the owner enjoys it.

 

“Vintage is Now” Day 24 – Here’s Lucy!

Lucy the Elephant
Lucy the Elephant
This project was created from an original black and white snapshot.
We restored, colorized and added some fun type. What a great birthday gift

Welcome to Day 24 of Whispering Woods Gallery’s “Vintage is Now” series. This is an example of  how we think “outside of the frame.” We started with a small original 1956 black and white snapshot of Lucy the Elephant, my Mom and sister. It’s special because my brother is in the photo too, he’s just barely showing… Lucy is smiling and my sister is a positively precious toddler!

We have many creative elements. Our designer carefully colorized the photo and added fun type to replicate large letter vintage postcards. The vintage style frame choice is perfect for the theme and for the shore home where it is now displayed. The clear beach palette colors work well in a shore setting.  Fun mat cutter embellishment were added to the top mat.

More than sixty years later Lucy is still delighting visitors in Margate, NJ. Do you have a favorite family photo? Let us create a fun piece that will be a family treasure for years to come.

 

“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 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 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 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