”Vintage is Now” Day 12-NY School for the Deaf 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 8-Shore memories with snapshots, souvenirs, and a map

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 5-1957 Snapshot restored, enlarged and beautifully framed

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 2 – Vintage 60’s black and white candid trio

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.

 

SS Leopoldville-December 24, 1944

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.

Allentown Paper and Book Show

I recently attended the Allentown Paper and Book Show in Allentown, PA. As a first time attendee, I had no idea that it was such a large show. I could have stayed for the two days. I went to search for a few vintage postcards. I found booths filled with all types of old photographs, magazines, advertising, sheet music, posters and more. Vintage cameras, World’s Fair items, romantic Valentines, toys, old maps, matchbooks and original drawings were plentiful. The original vintage signage was fun and bright. There was even a booth with display supplies for collectors and dealers.

West Coast Art and Frame 2017

Every year framers from all over the world gather at the West Coast Art and Frame Show in Las Vegas for five days of classes, vendor exhibits and networking to strengthen our industry. I just returned with fabulous new ideas and a few awards too.

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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

 

 

 

Here’s Lucy

If you have ever visited Margate, New Jersey you probably passed by Lucy the Elephant. Built in 1881, Lucy is a six story structure that attracts thousands of visitors each year. As a framer, opportunities to frame Lucy are plentiful!  Here are a few of Whispering Woods Gallery’s projects.  Contact Sue for more about prints, vintage postcards and framing.  215-364-4321.

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What’s New at Whispering Woods Gallery-Spring Edition

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Susan Gittlen showing framed vintage postcards.

Greetings!  I have been busy creating new vintage postcard items at Whispering Woods Gallery. Look below for a  preview before they are offered in my Etsy shop. They are a great gift for Mom, Dad or Grad. Add a stunning “ready to go”frame and UV filtering glass for only an additional $50.  Visit our shop in Holland, PA to see hundreds of your favorite places.

 

 

Vintage Maps, a lasting gift.

One of the most intriguing items at Whispering Woods Gallery is the historic map collection portal. We offer your favorite maps from all over Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Philadelphia, NJ Shore points, New York City, and all over the USA.  Let’s take it a bit further.  We offer over 1.6 million maps from all over the world!  We offer our maps unframed but we suggest letting us frame them to look their best to last for generations.  These maps are printed to your specifications.  Want to give it a spin? Go to our map site to look for US Maps.  Looking for a world map or something a little different? This page will let you travel the world!

One of my favorite types of vintage maps is the “Birdseye View.” These maps were made in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Sometimes referred as aero or panoramic views, they are non-photographic maps of cities and towns from above. See the Margate map below. Want to search for your town? Search here  for “Birdseye View” maps. Just put in the state that you are interested in, to get going.

Margate City, NJ Birdseye Map
Margate City, NJ Birdseye Map

 

For a price quote or to order call Sue at 215-364-4321.  Need this for a holiday gift?  Hurry as the maps are printed just for you.

Framed Money!

Money framing
Money before it was framed.

Whispering Woods Gallery recently completed a job of seven framed US currency sheets for Kenny of Holland.  It was a learning experience and very interesting project.

Interested in the history of American money? Here’s a Brief History from The Bureau of Engraving and Printing. It includes the origins, production, and timeline of US Currency. Interested in buying currency for framing?  Here is where you can purchase new uncut currency as shown in our photos. Remember that a gift of framed money is a gift for the “hard to buy for” people on your holiday gift list.

Here are a few fun facts about currency (from federalreserve.gov):
Did you know that the lifespan of a $10 bill is 4.5 years?
Did you know that it takes about 4,000 double folds before a bill will tear?
Did you know that it 454 bills weigh out to be one pound?
Did you know that US Currency paper is made out of 75 percent cotton and 25 percent linen?

Framed money at Whispering Woods Gallery
Looking for a gift for somebody that is “hard to buy” for the holidays? Money always works, but frame it!