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March 7, 2011

~Photo L♥ve~

Hello guys, did I ever tell you I l♥ve old photo albums...Well I do and when I find them in good condition I have to have them...It's just another thing that screams my name lol!!

I have been collecting them now for over 30 years...and I don't care if they have pictures in them or not..I just buy old photos for them
This is a leather album and I love the sweet pansy"s on the front of it...
This album is ca. 1880
I have it full of photos I have bought through the years...
This sits on my coffee table this week ha ha!!
An ostrich egg under a cloche sits next to it...This egg came from my own ostrich..as I had an ostrich and Emu farm at one time.
One of my antique french clock also added to the table...

This album I have in my dining room...and it's one of my favorites...I love the tin heart mirror on the front of it...
The inside of it...again I added all the photos to it...
But the best part of this album is that in the back it fold down and make a little writing desk with an ink well and a place to put photos until you date them etc.
This is the only album like this one I have found so far...It's faded green velvet and the inside is all leather..can you say Love...I also have a musical Antique photo album,Christmas and many more...last count was 15.
And I am sure these photos were taken with cameras like these...
Oh yes !! yet another collection for another day to share...
I am joining Marty at " A Stroll Thru Life"  for table top Tuesday...Thanks Marty...

Thanks for coming by and seeing what's Old up on my mountain...

Until next time.
Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

36 comments:

lvroftiques said...

I love them Gloria! I have a few also...none with an inkwell like yours though. Mine did come with all the pictures though and I love to look at the fashions of the day. Vanna

lvroftiques said...

Gloria that's why we're sistah friends *winks* Cuz we loves our stuffs!! I'll do the ironstone again just for you. I had to stop collecting it because I totally ran out of space! Alas I don't have a 3000 sq ft barn lol! But if I did I'd fill er up!*winks*

I really do miss having my best shopping buddy. Cousin D worked as a waitress and her restaurant went out of business. She tried to find another job, but no luck. So she sold all her stuff and moved to Pennsylvania to live with her mother. Not a happy story. So I drag my poor hubbs around with me when I can. How bout you? Does Len like to antiquercise? Vanna

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

That is something else we have in common Gloria. We have one old album that was passed down to us, we love it. I never have seen old albums antiquing though...very cool collection you have. XO

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Oh Gloria, Those antique albums "Scream at me too"... I have them following me home "ALL the time"! Well, that is whenever I see them, hehe...LOVE yours! AND EVERYTHING else. WOW I AM going "CRAZY" over your ostrich egg, "LUCKY,LUCKY You" to have had them and ACTUALLY Knew the Momma of this egg! Oh How I would LOVE to own one of those eggs!!!Hey I have a Rhode Island Red Egg from one of the chickens I used to own...HEHE, I feel like it's Nana...Thank you again for sharing all your treasures with us.
Hugs to you,
Donna

Bohemian said...

Gloria thanks for stopping by... yes, the Hot Rods + Shopping made for a delightful day at the Street Fair!

Love your Photo Album collection and the 'store bought ancenstors' that fill them. *winks* I often wonder how anyone could get rid of photos of their relatives? We pass ours down in the Family but wouldn't think of getting rid of them. I love to imagine the stories that go with the interesting old photos.

Dawn... The Bohemian

Bohemian said...

Good Lord I must be dilerious from this Flu... just realized I spelled Ancestors wrong! *LOL*

Dawn... The Bohemian

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Oh my what a wonderful collection. I can remember my Grandmother had some of those when I was little. I love the one with the built in inkwell. You have acquired an exquisite collection. I love the Art Nouvea handled magnifing glass. I have never seen one like that. Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful week. ~~Sherry~~

xinex said...

Great collection, Gloria. You really have the neatest collection. I think I'm gonna steal your idea of the egg in a cloche for Marty's party. I made sure I couldn't eat the cupcakes cause my daughter just visited and all we did was eat, lol...Christine

Shelia said...

Hi Dear Gloria! Oh these photo albums are wonderful and I too love looking at the olden photos! You have some wonderful albums. Love your display on your coffee table and I am coveting that gorgeous runner! Man, it's pretty!
Dear One, you have really lived an interesting life - a pilot, bunnying :), antique shop lady, and an ostrich and emu farmer! :) Only my Gloria! :) Love it!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Madeline's Album said...

What wonderful antique photo albums. Very unique I like each and every one of them. Thanks for your last visit to my blog. I am doing great now and have no side affects from my slight stroke of a year ago. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Pat said...

Gloria your albums are beautiful. I am so happy you collect them. It is sad to see old photos and albums languish away in shops and basement cartons.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

You have such interesting things. I have seen these types of albums, but I don't own any. They are beautiful and in such great condition. The old photos would drive me crazy. I have to know who they are, when and where it was taken...I would want to know the story behind each one.

Richard Cottrell said...

Well I have to say they are wonderful. They are so hard to find these days. Especially really nice ones. I have one in the shop, I will send you an email. I never got that bug, thanks goodness. Thanks for dropping by, did you see the post I did about my Automatons????Richard

Helen said...

Old photo albums, what a precious thing to collect!

If we lived close to each other, we could share pancakes today!!

Julie Harward said...

You have the most awesome things. When I see these old photo's in a shop, I always feel sad that someone's family pictures have been lost to them. I am so thankful I have my families original photos. :D

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sis...

Oooh...I just loved this post that you did!!! You know how I love your antique photo albums! Sis, I have my beautiful album that you gifted me with...front and center on the desk in my frenchy studio! Every time I see it...I think of you and our sweet friendship, Darlin'!!! Ohhh my gosh...the antique album with the fold down desk is fabulous! I know that I have never seen one like it...it really is unique! I love the soft green velvet cover and ohhh...the leather pages...I'm swooning!!! Thanks for sharing it with us! I love how you decorated your coffee table using that pretty album and your ostrich egg under the cloche! Sooo pretty, Sis! Love that pretty table runner too! Yes...it is looking "springy" at your place...like a breath of fresh air! You know, I think this is the first time that I realized that your pretty opera glasses have the inlaid mother-of-pearl...ooooh!!! I really enjoyed getting a peek at your old cameras too! Ohhh...they are fabulous!!!

Sis, I have to tell you what Russell just found while digging around in his Dad's basement(our rental house). He found an antique bath water thermometer. I have never seen or even heard of one before! Hehe! It's all in cased in wood. In the center of the wooden frame it has a little chart enclosed in glass that tells if your bath water is too cold, lukewarm, or just right...etc. Of course, the bottom part is actually a thermometer to measure the temp! On one side of this thing..it has the advertisement for an old pharmacy. So I'm pretty sure that they gave these things out to advertise, etc. Anyway...it's just the coolest thing! Have you ever heard of anything like it? I'll have to take some photos and get them sent to you! Anyway...just wondered if you had ever seen one?

Well Sis...we are getting more snow today! I needed to go grocery shopping but decided to stay home. I'm going to wait till it warms up! Crazy weather...I'm sooo ready for spring! And...so are all of my old bones and muscles! Hehe! I hope that my note is finding you well today, sweet Sis! I'll talk with you later...

Love ya,
Chari

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Ooops...just lil' ol' me again! Do you know anyone as long-winded as me? Okay..don't answer that! Hehe!

I wanted to tell you how pretty your new spring blog header looks! I love it! You did a great job with it, Sis!

Love ya,
Chari

PEA said...

I love all of your collections and I'm telling you, I could spend hours and hours looking through those photo albums. I've never seen one like the green velvet one with the ink well, how gorgeous it is!! I bought a small vintage postcard album on eBay before Christmas, it's red suede and has Christmas and 1906 written on it. Inside it's filled with Christmas postcards from that era. I just love it:-) xoxo

On Crooked Creek said...

Gloria,
Lovely vintage photo albums! Many times I see old photos in Antique Malls and Flea Markets and I've been sad to think that family members didn't keep these photos. I will no longer be sad. I am thrilled that you fill these albums with antique photos! Inspirational post today, thank you. Thank you, also, for your sweet comment and visit today! Stop by again soon.
Fondly,
Pat

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a lovely vignette! I adore your albums.

Have a wonderful Fat Tuesday!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

What a nice collection you have! I like that you collect photos for your empty albums. And the cameras are just icing on the cake!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Gloria,
what can I say, you have the best collections I have ever seen..top notch indeed. I love, love seeing all your pretties..its always so fun to visit.
Have a sweet day and big hugs, Elizabeth

Dreamgoddess said...

Gloria, your collection is wonderful! I love the album with the inkwell. That is so unique! They're all so pretty and I love how you've filled them with pictures.

Deborah said...

I love all your things! The old photographs are awesome. You can only imagine what the people were like!
Have a nice day~
xxoo
Deborah

Marydon said...

G'eve Gloria ~ What beautiful albums & those pictures are awesome. I have some family albums & treasure them ... & collect family photos.

Your home is awesome, Gloria.

Have a beautiful eve ~
TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

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Claire said...

beautiful vignettes-I'm your newest follower-stop over for a visit!

Picket said...

Hey sis...those are beautiful...I love seeing old photos...and that egg!!!! Oh my word girl..wouldn't that make a pretty Easter egg! lol I love your pretty new header pic...what kind of plant is that pretty green delicate thingy in that blue bowl? That is so pretty! I got my laundry room painted today and even bought two unpainted oak cabinets at Lowes and painted them black..I am loving how it is coming along...you take care sis and have a great week...let me know what that plant is...I want one of those..love ya girl...Picket

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Wow Gloria! That album with the writing desk is amazing! What a treasure that is. All of them are so pretty, and I can just imagine you opening them up, and telling people about your "relatives" whose photos are in your albums! That Ostrich egg amazes me! Your vignette looks so pretty. laurie

Sue said...

Gloria, You have the most amazing collections! I have never seen albums at any of the estate sales or shops I've been to, only old photos. Oh, I love your vintage cameras, too! Oh the sights and faces they have seen..... Hope all is well on your mountain- we are still in the throes of winter here. :-( I want spring to make its appearance soon!
xo Sue

Nezzy said...

Oh sweetie ya have the best stuff and I'm just so very happy that ya share it with us!!!

Just beautiful!!!

God bless ya and enjoy the day! :o)

Gypsy Heart said...

How neat! Now that's a collection girlfriend. I love old photos and always wonder about the people...that piece of history that we can create a story about when we don't know them.

You have so many beautiful things!
Much love,
Pat

Anita said...

I too love old photo albums! We have some that have been in our family for years, but I've never seen any for sale anywhere. Those are treasures! THanks for stopping by!!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh I love the one with the heart, oh heck they are all wonderful! If I had a contest you would win for the funniest comment on my blog!!! So glad to meet you, your my kind of gal...I am going back to find that follow button!

Carol

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Gloria, I love the old photo albums, too. Don't you just love to look at them and wonder how/why they end up in a store and why no one in the family wanted them. I think it's fascinating seeing how they dressed an imagining what their life was like. Thanks for sharing these! I love the green velvet one with the heart. :)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a great collection! The one with the inkwell, etc. is so unique!

I love old photos!

Katherine

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Gloria,
I just love visiting here because I am always in for a treat when I do!
I collect old photos too and I scan them on the computer then print them out to the size I want for a frame and place them around my home. I call them my " Instant Relatives" !! LOL!!
I love your collection of photos, old photo albums and cameras!!
But you know that I LOVE everything that you share with us!!

Hugs,
Debbie