Monday, November 07, 2005

Collections: Ephemera ~ Paper Fans



The elephant fan is dated 1936, just above the handle. It was painted by Lawson Wood, and published by Brown & Little in St. Paul, Minnesota. Lawson Wood was born in Higate, London in 1878 and died in 1957. He was a prolific artist and if you Google him, you can see many images of his work. The theme of this fan is political, as can be seen by the elephant and the donkey racing toward either victory or defeat; cheered on and actually "driven" by monkeys. Just like today, huh? I love this whimsical art work. The reverse of the fan advertises Ful-O-Pep Poultry Feeds. I need some Ful-O-Pep foods myself!

The other photo shows part of the wall of my den, on which the fans are hung. They are interspersed with family photos (which had to be disguised here, covered with stickers, per my children's request never to be shown on the web) and other pieces of art or collectibles. eventually, I will post all of the fans here, and I hope you continue to enjoy the evidence of my "pack-ratness"!

11 comments:

Old Horsetail Snake said...

Then there was Pep cereal, that I ate when I was young. Gone, now, of course.
Sent you email about my health. I am okay. Let me know if you didn't get my mail and will repeat it when your email ain't ailin' no more.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

You are a woman after my own heart Judy, cause I am a pack-rat, too and I collect so many different kibds of things!
I just love your fan collection. How did you get interested in fans? (Maybe you've already written about that..sorry, if I missed it....)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Hi Judy...
Barbara left a comment on my post and she suggested I look into:
www.photobucket.com
I'm going to check it out. Part of what she said is that Blogger only let's you put photo's at the top!!!! THAT explains a lot!
Good luck to us both!
Hope this is of value.

srp said...

These are absolutely wonderful. What a great collection! I love the monkeys and the colors are so subtle but well preserved. I guess you could say you have a "fan"-atic wall. Forgive me, it's late, I have been fighting with Blogger all night. I published a long post and meant to put in an expand post tag but forgot and now I can't edit it. Oh, well, maybe tomorrow..wait, that would be later today. LOL

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Thanks for stopping by, once again.....

So, I have no concept about what any fan might cost, but I sure can relate to letting something go by me because I thought it a tad to pricey, and then regretting it forever!!!
I like you, should be paring down, but I'm afraid it is just not in my excessive nature! You know what I mean? Once a collector, ALWAYS a collector!!!(lol..oh dear)

Do you ever see any really good fans on ebay? Or is that not a good source, at all?

Weary Hag said...

I so love your den wall!
I'm thinking now Judy - there may be quite the difference between an actual pack rat and a collector. You are surely a collector! But do you also have like 8 junk drawers and bins of totally worthless crap in your house or are all your 'packed goods' placed so finely on a wall - and rightfully so? :)

Very pretty wall.

Green-Eyed Lady(GEL) said...

So interesting! I agree w/ Carol: you're a collector. Nice display wall to be proud of! :)

Angie said...

What a great way to display your collection -and a fine looking collection you have! Thanks for sharing with us, Judy.

srp said...

Fan-tastic is a much better word! My brain didn't think of that at 2AM. LOL

I know how to edit because I have to do it so often (not always on top of my grammar), but this time it just won't retrieve the post. I wrote them. It may have to do with the size of my first picture. I use Hello to post pictures. I can retrieve all the others. I will eventually figure out something, or they will.

Müzikdüde said...

We have a hallway in our house that is adorned with family photos. I call it "the walk of shame".

The fans are awesome. I would have never thought to collect something like that.

Jamie Dawn said...

Are your kids spies or something? They are really touchy about being seen.
That fan is so neat. I like this collection of yours because it is unique. Most people I know collect a certain animal or things like bells or spoons. I like your fascination with things from the past, the postcards and fans.