French ephemera swap

In honor of Bastille Day on July 14, we have been on the hunt for unusual French papers. We cooed upon finding this exquisite French paper from the 1800s. Sadly, we visited too late (ugh, sold). But our day became brighter when we happened by Holly Moore’s Paper Pieces of Me blog and her recent post, “French Ephemera Swap.” In the article, Moore — a self-described paper philanderer — introduces us paper lovers to the Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group. Cherchez la femme!

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Cheryl Yau weighs in on the end of a letterpress dynasty in Hong Kong

The July issue of Ilene Strizver’s All Things Typographic recently wafted its way to me. Actually it didn’t waft: Ilene, founder of The Type Studio, sent it. I scanned the table of topics and immediately scrolled down to “The End of Movable Type in China.” Strivzer has excerpted several typographic tidbits from Cheryl Yau’s fresh post on idsgn.org (a design blog) and provided a link to the full article. I had not known that movable type was “moving” in China 400 years before Gutenberg, nor that printing is considered one of the four great inventions of ancient China.

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Gourmet French ephemera: Whet your appetite for Bastille Day

[Alyson R. Kuhn] Voilà a sampling from my ARKive of tasty French menu artifacts. And a pair of LUminous (not a typo, mes amis, but a hint) cookie labels. And a liqueur label that I hope will make you groggy with joie. Bonbon appétit!

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Turn back the pages: Gail Anderson’s Michael Jackson scrapbooks

[Gail Anderson] I loved me some MJ in the early 1970s. This was the Michael Jackson of the ABC and I’ll Be There days, way before all the crazy. I loved all the brothers: Michael, Marlon, Jermaine, Tito and Jackie — the original Jackson 5. But it was Michael who made my young heart race. You could call it puppy love, but that would be quoting a Donny Osmond song, and any self-respecting Michael fan knows that’s just wrong.

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Let’s give Lilly a Pulitzer for these summery paper pleasures

[Alyson Kuhn] Lilly Pulitzer prints have been in style for decades on sunny resort wear: Floridian flora and jungle fauna in bright citrus-y colors. I knew they had made their way onto housewares … but I must have been snoozing or snacking when these prints started showing up on really good paper goods. I have just wrapped some as hostess gifts, in semi-sheer papers. No need to gild the Lilly!

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Print-your-own packaging

We bet these packaging PDF templates from finch&hawk paper goods will wow the guests at your next party. And we recommend printing on Strathmore Script for a lasting papery impression. [TS]

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