“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 28 – Grandparents Remembered

Vintage photo 1920’s custom framed
Vintage photo 1920’s
A very rare photo of my grandparents.

Welcome to “Vintage is Now” Day 28. For the past month I have posted a framed vintage project every day.

For those who visit our shop, you will see this restored framed photo with the original, which has a crack across the faces. This was one of the our first photo restorations, and one of my favorites. These are my grandparents, most likely taken in the late 1910’s.  There are only a few photographs of my grandparents together as my grandfather was killed in 1929 in an automobile accident. When I look at them I remember all that they have passed on to me. My grandfather was a successful businessman and my grandmother was a gracious and giving woman.

The design of this piece is elegant. I used two suede mats and beaded fillet between the mats and in the lip of the ornate frame. I truly wanted this to look like the most important photo in my collection. Although my grandparents are no longer with us, they are remembered every day. We are happy to help you with your vintage project. Just give us a call.

“Vintage is Now” Day 27 – WWII and more

WWII Custom Framed Army medals
Karl helped liberate Dachau on April 29, 1945.

Today’s project was for a customer that I will always remember. A few years ago Karl came to me with several military medal projects to be framed. Karl and I worked on one project at a time, framing his grandfather’s and father’s German military medals. Karl was a retired college professor so he enjoyed telling me the history of each project.

The third frame consisted his own medals from WWII. I noticed that his medals were the same as my father’s Army medals from WWII. Karl’s regiment preceded my Dad’s regiment. He enthusiastically told me details of his experience in Europe as an Army interpreter for Felix Sparks. He answered my many questions. At the holidays Karl came back and presented me with a book called “The Liberator” by Alex Kershaw which is an account of the liberation of Europe.

On April 29, 1945 Karl was part of the 45th Infantry Division that helped liberate the 30,000 starving prisoners of Dachau. Thanks to Karl for sharing his story and for serving our country.

“Vintage is Now” Day 25 – JFK Mass Card

John F. Kennedy Mass Card Custom Framed
John F. Kennedy Mass Card Custom Framed
A framed JFK Mass Card was framed to be seen on the front and back.

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.

Custom Framed Mass card
JFK Mass card back

“Vintage is Now” Day 23-Teaching Certificate, Ring and Photo Restoration

custom picture framing
custom picture framing
We framed a teaching certificate, ring and photo to create a lasting memory for Mary of Holland.

Welcome to Whispering Woods Gallery’s series of vintage photo projects.  Every day in April we are featuring a custom framed vintage photo project from our shop.

Today’s project dates back to 1910. We framed three very dear items for Mary of Holland, Pa. The Chicago Kindergarten College certificate and photograph had been previously framed and had sadly suffered damage due to improper framing materials. We scanned the photo, fixed the imperfections digitally and made a new copy for this project. We used the original certificate, covering the discoloration with the oval mat. We sewed the ring to the backing board so if needed, it would be in it’s original condition.

The frame’s pattern mimics the flourishes of the Copperplate pen and ink writing. The warm tones of the mat and frame work well with the three items.  Having a three dimensional object in the frame makes the project come alive. Do you have an idea? We are happy to help! Stop by the Gallery to see similar projects.

“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 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 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 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.