Silhouettes


I have a mild weakness for antiques.  Actually, I have a  mild weakness for anything old and/or historical.  This drives the husband crazy as he would prefer a more austere appearance in our home and I seem to pick up anything that peaks my interest. 

 Take, for example, this wall of silhouettes.  

I acquired the large piece at the top on Friday.  A vintage cross stitch piece that I just couldn't resist bringing home with me.  It doesn't help matters when you  are friends with the lady at the antique mall and she likes to walk you around, pointing out just the things you are looking for.  

Before photography became available, silhouettes were the cheapest way to record a person's appearance. Traditionally they show the profile of the subject.   If it is a scene that is recorded in silhouette form, it is then referred to as a, "paper cut".  The height of their popularity was between 1740-1890.  Though I wasn't around back then, my first grade teacher had each student sit while she traced our silhouette.  She affixed it to white paper, which we then presented to our parents for Christmas.  

Seriously, I think my mother still has mine.  

So my friends, what do you like to collect? 




Comments

  1. I love your collection of silhouettes, especially the cross stitched one. The grouping on your wall looks wonderful.
    I collect vintage cookbooks.

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  2. I didn't know much about silhouettes, thanks for reminding us of their importance before photography. I used to collect empty beer cans from all over the world, swapping our locals with foreign brands via slow surface parcels. But this was many years ago, before the Internet!

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  3. miniture pictures and ceramic santas... shhhhhhhhh!

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  4. Silhouettes are amongst the prettiest things!

    I collect too much!

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  5. Turtles and platters. I think antiques really bring character to a home. Your Silhouettes are quite pretty.

    Velva

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  6. very quaint and sweet.

    i used to collect bird and duck statues and carvings. i got rid of a lot of them, though, and now just collect dust. :)

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  7. I used to collect Mary's Moos....little cows dressed in country costumes doing various country things. I still have them....just haven't added to them in 10 years or more. I also used to collect bird houses, but sold them in a garage sale, not realizing I should have kept them for the BIRDS to built nests in...didn't realize they could REALLY be used for that. lol I have a low intelligence, apparently!

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  8. I collect things to display during all the holidays.. and yarn.. Shawnee Corn dishes.. all kinds of things! I love your silhouette collection!

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  9. We did those silhouettes, traced against the coat room wall in kindergarten. My grandma had a cross stitched silhouetted of each of her 6 kids as youngsters, next to each of their graduation portraits on a wall.. I always loved them!

    I love to collect old things with history, too. My dad is a land surveyor - I love old maps & plat maps & drafting tools, they remind me of sitting in his office as a kid. My husband has quite a collection of old wood working tools, that have come from his carpenter grandfathers & great grandfathers before him.

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  10. Hi Now I am getting older, I do not collect anythings except my photos. They are the most precious thing to me especially family ones. They are my memories.

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  11. love your silhouette collection! We are helpless collectors in this house!

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  12. That wall looks lovely! I collect pitchers and watches.

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  13. Looks like a very Jane Austen wall!

    My collections? Books, far too many. Tho I have started a collection of tiny bottles of sand from beaches where we've had happy family walks.

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  14. I'm also old enough now to have stopped collecting, except for books, of course. But I too used to love antiques, little cups, demi tasse, so sweet. Now I'm purging instead. And that feels good too. When I saw your wall of silhouettes, I was reminded that I have one each of my mom and dad. But made more like a caricature of their profiles. Somewhere here.......

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  15. I love silhouettes. Your collection is pretty good.

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  16. My wife and I have collected antiques for years. I like tools and books. She likes cookie jars and home items. We love going to old country auctions.

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  17. Very neat collection you have there. I stopped collecting but for the longest time it was horse figurines.

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  18. This brings back memories! My mom had silhouettes done of all of us (kids) and they hung in the foyer. I think my baby sister has them now. I should track them down. It was a wonderful art! I love your grouping!

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  19. It is a nice collection and I like the choice of wall color.

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  20. I remember doing the silhouttes in elementary school....I like all kinds of stuff...too much I'm sure...

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  21. I did these in school too. I am sure I have several collections started that I am not fully aware of but first and foremost I love to collect Zuni Fetish Carvings. Lucky for me I don't have to go all the way to the Zuni Pueblo to purchase them. We have a store here that specializes in them.

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  22. Your silhouettes collection is very pretty, Michelle! I love anything old and historical, but after having to clear out my house full of 36 years worth of memories, in order to move, I vowed to collect a lot less..lol! I did keep many of my older children and poetry books, Irish Belleek china, some of the better of my children's toys that I had saved (my grandkids are playing with them now. I also love anything made of copper and saved all my decorative copper molds and accessories. I guess I saved enough! :)

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  23. I hope your husband isn't too upset, because that looks great on your wall. I collect signed books. Husband tolerates it well.

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  24. I love your wall of silhouettes. I have them of my sons from elementary school somewhere, I think.
    I have a weakness for all thing glass. I especially love milk glass and cobalt.

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  25. Sorry. No more collecting. I'm in the simplifying mode having joined Craigs list. It's amazing what people will buy nowadays if they see a "bargain."

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  26. Silhouettes are so beautiful in their own right, and I don't know, they seem to me that they would fit perfectly with a more austere decor as hubby would like it.

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  27. ha, we did the same thing in probably first grade or so! and my mom used to have a wall of silhouettes of all of us, on little plates. wonder what happened to those. i love antiques. i have so many collections that i started but haven't added in a while. when we lived in georgia, we had 2 great antique stores near my house. when i'd drop the older two off at school, the twins and i would rummage through them about 2x a week. a lot i would sell on ebay, but stuff i had to have, i'd keep....here there's not much close by plus time is more of an issue now since i work at the school now...those were my antiquing hours in the past!

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  28. Oh it is beautiful!!! Just lovely! I too prefer old or anique and something with a story as well...it is my privilege to help with auctions 2 times a month (or so) and find myself acquiring things with a history...such character in them...rather than NEW and rather SHALLOW things! :)

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  29. Those are so cool! my kids each have done a silhouette in school. I'm not sure if I still have them around in good condition...
    I have been known to collect old sheet music from songs that I've loved growing up and framing them.
    If you ever need a copy of Dublin Bay or K'K'Katy, I've got them... Hanging around here somewhere.

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  30. Hi Michelle, I hear silhouettes are becoming more rarer as we speak! I read there isn't many of those artists left doing this work....A very nice collection!! As for myself.....vintage garden....anything vintage garden! Blessings, and a wonderful week~~~Roxie

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  31. Silhouettes make a wonderful collection, I think.

    What do I collect: photos, which I keep in digital form on external hard drives. Very little dusting required. :))

    At my house, my husband is the collector.

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  32. Vintage tool boxes, I picked my fourth one up last week...I use them to store supplies in our office/studio. :)

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  33. I still have my silhouette from second grade, which was the same year you were in first grade. Cool! Must have been a fad in the curriculum that year.

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