History lessons

Stu and I always had an inkling our house was built around the 1960s. These days, however, we can pinpoint the exact year, with a fair bit of confidence, to 1960.

Why? Well, in the process of building our new kitchen last year, Stu discovered a stack of newspapers printed on November 2, 1960, that appeared to have been wedged behind the cupboards during the building process. It's hard to explain why, but both of us were really stoked to have found a piece of history about our home. It's like our home had shared a secret with us and revealed a bit about itself.In the last couple of weeks, I started on a little project with the newspapers. By using decoupage techniques, I was able to 'iron' out the creases in the paper to create a collage and then I proceeded to put them in frames for the living room.
It was such an enjoyable task; I am so happy to have a piece of history of my home in my home. I had also studied the newspaper with great interest; I love the retro fonts, the illustrated advertisements selling lingerie, cars, furniture and thought it very ironic that the same issues that were being reported in 1960 (ie. rising costs, employment rates) are still very much modern day problems.

33 Responses to History lessons

nancy said...

awesome idea!

rolala said...

That's so cool that you discovered those papers and I like how you even made a decor project out of them. The retro ads are so fun.
rolala loves

Style, She Wrote said...

Great decoupage! What a great way to honor your home's history and create some amazing decor. xo style, she wrote

LittoMokaa said...

This is so cool! I like the fact that you transformed these newspaper as decoration! It adds a retro touch to the house :D

Sunny & Star said...

I absolutely love the idea of framing old newspapers. Very unique and pretty.

Vintage Coconut said...

WOW that is very neat. I would have been over the moon finding something like that.

When I purchased my 1930s Vanity table from a antique store I was thrilled to see a piece of torn paper sticking in the bottom of one of the drawers. Sadly it was not majorly old.... but it ended up being Obituaries... LOL Not such a exciting find.

honey my heart said...

what a great discovery and piece of preserved history :)

Sunny Sweet Pea said...

This is great. What a lovely piece of history to find :) xx

larissa said...

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DiamondsandTulle said...

That's a cool project and so nice on display!

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momto8 said...

so fun, isn't it?! When my daughter moved into a rented house her brothers found newspapers from the 1930's in the basement walls....so fascinating!!!
Love your project!

lauraa said...

That is an amazing idea and it looks amazing
xxx

Mimi said...

wow, that is amazing!!! and i love how you framed it! it truly is a piece of your house. :)

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M.E said...

very creative! nice post!


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Head to Toe Chic said...

That's so awesome you discovered those newspapers! They look amazing in the frames.

xo,
Angela
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Shoko said...

That's the coolest! Love what you did with them. So creative.

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Juanita Tortilla said...

I bet there are no actual models in the pictures, at that time.

NauticalWheeler said...

I love that! Such a cool idea to frame the papers too!

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Jen

Pop Champagne said...

thats a cool idea! those papers have a charm to them, its great that you did something with them!

❤AdamAlexMommy❤ said...

piece of history that's totally art! so awesome and looks great!

have a great wknd!
xoxo
jasmine

plaits and paisley said...

Love thoso old newspapers, what a window to the past.
Penny

oomph. said...

this is really neat...first of all to find the papers and to be able to incorporate them into something for your home.

my sister's house is a historic residence and she has the orifinal blueprints for her house framed and hung on her wall.

[oomph.]

Me - said...

These are amazing :D

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xxx

Bruna Marx said...

That's cool! luv it!

Gillie said...

This is such a cool idea for the home, I love the vintage papers so much!

xo Gillie

NaNa said...

good work with your project =) history is the essence of our future =D xoxo

eat my shorts said...

It's so cool to have found something like that in your home! And I love what you did with them! :)

ROS.E. said...

so interesting post... great idea,
I'd love to make one day a wallpaper in my room with some old vintage newspapers....

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blondebenedicte said...

thank you! :) x

great idea this decoupage :)
xxx

Conversation Pieces said...

What a great find! I love things like that (and the corsetted lady). great idea to make a collage out of them :)

(we once found a whole lot of old newspaper lining a chest of drawers that belonged to my husband's aunt. was fascinating reading the stories!)

Gabrielle-The Gift of Gab said...

Wow! This is an amazing story. Not too many people are lucky enough to find evidence that dates their homes back to a certain time period. You are lucky.