Book pages

An affordable way to get great art is to frame a great illustration from a beloved book. I do it in my home and some pictures I have had up for years.

My store was started as a way to recycle, reuse beautiful old book illustrations from books that were damaged and unusable.

I had been framing them myself, but haven’t found a way to make that pay for itself, so now I mostly offer up the page, from a beautiful, damaged book, that you can frame yourself. It’s inexpensive and you can customize it.

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Working On…

I took some pictures of what I am working on and am now going to post them. I have decided to ramp up what I can do with my old book collection. I now sell the best books on my etsy, and am tackling the world of book and box making. This is just the beginning, and I have a long way to go. Keep checking back for new and improved idea’s

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Vintage Books for Sale at GotchaChaCha on Etsy

_DSC0012 _DSC0013This book is for sale on my Etsy site. It is titled “Young Years Library, Best Loved Stories and Poems” Book 4, edited by Augusta Baker, Children’s Coordinator at the NYC Public Library, 1965. I found an article about Augusta Baker by Barbara Bader in The Horn Book Magazine.

Bader writes, “In the children’s library world and beyond, Augusta Baker was known for two big things — transforming the image of blacks in children’s books and enlarging the reach of storytelling.” She also tells of the encounter with the poet Audre Lorde, who at 4 years old met Baker and credits her with instilling the love of literature and reading.

So you can see for yourself, in this delightful compilation, with sharp illustrations, and classic stories. The inside is in great condition, the edges of the cover are a bit beaten up, see the pictures at my listing.

When do you think this was made?

Hello, I just listed this lovely picture on my Etsy store:_DSC0020The question is, when do you think it was made?

I was attracted to it because of it’s 1940s feel, southwestern imagery. I have a line of Homer Laughlin tableware from the late 30s that is called “Hacienda” which has similiar colors, similar subject matter:homer_laughlin_hacienda_bread_butter_plate_P0000037793S0008T2It’s pretty, isn’t it?

Anyway, I bought this needlepoint because it looked kinda 1940’s, but then I focused on the mat board which has a 1980’s quality to it. The frame is very nondescript, it doesn’t shout any particular time to me. It is wood, and very narrow. It is a little dirty, dirty that light cleaning could not clean up, but not banged up.

So what do you think? When was this made?_DSC0021 _DSC0022