Sunday, March 20, 2016

Vintage Color Palette - Pride of Madeira

Vintage Color Palette - Pride of Madeira - read more and see hex codes on the blog ponyboypress.com

It's the first day of spring today and it's pretty grey and rainy here in Portland. This Vintage Color Palette, however, is spring-like enough for me. I love the muted pastel colors.  The title of this postcard is Pride of Madeira and Peach Blossom. It was printed in London and it's over 100 years old.

Madeira is a town in Portugal and the periwinkle-colored flowers on the cliffside here are called Pride of Madeira. What a lovely scene. I'd love to be there,

The hex color codes for these colors are from top to bottom: d85a77, f5b6bb, 7d9abd, adab8a

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Vintage Color Palette - Il Tinello Ristorante

Vintage Color Palette- Il Tinello - See color hex codes and more info on the blog. ponyboypress.com
Here is a springtime Vintage Color Palette inspired from a postcard for a restaurant in Rome, Italy. This postcard looks to be from around the late 1950's. It looks like a lovely place. I'll take a Sgroppino.

The hex color codes are from left to right: fa4994, 1aa7d9, fffcb9, fca794.

Not sure what to do with Vintage Color Palettes? You can use them to design the colors for your website, your living room or your next project. You can also use them to color patterns for online website design. Read more on this post about using Vintage Color Palettes from Ponyboy Press.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Vintage Color Palette - House of Tomorrow

Vintage Color Palette - House of Tomorrow - read more and see hex codes on the blog ponyboypress.com

This vintage color palette is super interesting. The postcard was made for the Century of Progress Expo which was held at the 1933 Worlds Fair in Chicago. This was The House of Tomorrow.

This house was what they envisioned for the future. The inside looks pretty mid-century and not that surprising from what I saw online. The garage has a pace for a small airplane.

The color palette must have been what they also envisioned for the future. It evokes luxury, ease and modern technology. I really like this combo. I think it would be great in a wallpaper pattern.

The hex color codes are left to right: f78b6a, f5a490, f9e3b3, 8a9ebe

Here is an photo of the house from The Worlds Fair.

The House of Tomorrow - 1933 Worlds Fair - ponyboypress.com


Built for Chicago’s 1933-34 Century of Progress International Exposition, the House of Tomorrow showcased modern home convenience and creative practical new building materials and techniques to nearly 50 million visitors. 

This three-story, 12-sided house of the future held was made of steel and walls of glass with modern technologies like air-conditioning, a dishwasher, electric “eyes” to open the kitchen and garage doors and a built-in airplane hangar.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Vintage Color Palette - La Cascade du Chateau

La Cascade Vintage Color Palette - ponyboy press blog, see blog for hex codes

I love how the color choices of this postcard from the early 1900's make this waterfall at the castle look like it's on another world. Such an interesting combination of colors that you wouldn't think go together, but they work so well to convey the magical feeling a person must experience there.

The hex color codes are from left to right: 4281c5, fdb6d6, b05741, d0a7ac

Not sure what to do with Vintage Color Palettes? You can use them to design the colors for your website, your living room or your next project. You can also use them to color patterns for online website design. Read more on this post about using Vintage Color Palettes from Ponyboy Press.

See all Vintage Color Palettes here or follow Vintage Color Palettes on Pinterest.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Vintage Color Palette - The Scaup Duck

The Scaup Ducks pastel; color palette from vintage postcard - ponyboypress.com. Hex codes on the blog.


Here is a lovely pastel Vintage Color Palette from a Wildlife Series vintage postcard from 1939. I love these muted and unique versions of these colors. The hex color numbers from left to right are:  f7f0ad, 9dd1c6, d9e4b6, d2b59d

Not sure what to do with Vintage Color Palettes? You can use them to design the colors for your website, your living room or your next project. You can also use them to color patterns for online website design. Read more on this post about using Vintage Color Palettes from Ponyboy Press.

See all Vintage Color Palettes here or follow Vintage Color Palettes on Pinterest.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Mail Art with the Portland Correspondence Club


Last March I joined the first year of the Portland Correspondence Club (PDXCC). It was started in January of 2015 by two mail artists and it's held at the IPRC in Portland.

I met Niko, one of the founders, at the Portland Zine Symposium the summer before and he somehow knew I would love mail art, even though I had never done it before and I didn't think I was that into it. Niko invited me to join and finally after missing the first three months I went to a meeting and found my people and a fun new hobby.

Mail Art people are into mail, envelopes, office supplies, stationary, stamps, stamp pads, typewriters, history, snail mail, writing letters. They're the kind of people who squeal with excitement over a box filled with vintage penny stamps and who hoot and applaud a mailman when he's introduced to the group.

Mail Art people understand when I swoon over a certain washi tape or a get a little obsessed with fountain pens. They get me.

Mail Art Club - Meet Make Mail - Ponyboy Press blog
A banner I made and sent to each member for a Meet Make Mail themed project

The club meets once a month and each meeting usually includes a few to several vintage typewriters you can use, often there is a skill share or project, but mainly we visit and exchange our faux postage made for that month. Each member gets a passport book and people who make stamps each month put them in your book and often cancel them. It's damn official and fun to see what everyone makes.

Mail Art Club Passport with faux postage by members - ponyboypress.com



Every month members can choose to be a part of the monthly mail art exchange based on a theme.
Here are a few I did in 2015
Mail Art of The Titanics Menu - ponyboypress.com
This was my first project. The theme was food and this was a study on the different menus on The Titanic. It folds and I sealed the sides before sending.



Collage Mail Art from Teah House Postcard - ponyboypress.com
Postcards of a Tea House with images from old photos. The other side has a fake stamp and Tea themed address. This theme was collage 
halloween themed mail art - ponyboypress.com
October's Mail Art Project

christmas mail art - Portland Correspondence Club ponyboypress.com


Here are a few of the mail art projects that I received from other members.


mail art from mail club members - ponyboypress.com

Everyone likes getting fun things in the mail. If this interests you, there might be a correspondence club near you. I know there is one in San Francisco and Olympia, Wa. 


typewriters going strong - pdxcc club

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Vintage Color Palette - New Years Day

Vintage Color Palette - New Years Day - find the hex codes on the blog. Ponyboy Press


Here is a pretty New Years Postcard from the early 1900's. It is written on, but never sent, so no postmark.
The hex color codes are from top to bottom: a21722, db8a54, f8ed7c, 97b67e

It was sent from Bessie to Mr and Mrs H.A. Hunt. The wishes sent I would like to also send to you. It reads:

Please accept this little token as a New Year Greeting. I hope the new year has riches in store for you.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Vintage Christmas Gift Tags Free Printable

I collect vintage Christmas tags. I just love the artwork on them. Not all are good for reproducing. Any ones with glitter or foil don't scan well and some are way to difficult to cut out, but there are still quite a few that can be copied and used without ruining the original.

So, as a Christmas gift for you I created a new Vintage Christmas Tag Printable. It's free. Just go to the Vintage Christmas Tags image on Flickr and choose download, and then choose original size.

Print out on your printer and cut and use. Hope you love them as much as I do.


Vintage Christmas Tags Free Printable from The Cedar Chest and Ponyboy Press

Also, in case you missed the Vintage Christmas Tags printable I made a few years ago, follow that link  and do the same thing to print out that one (seen below)

Vintage Christmas Tags Free Printable from The Cedar Chest and Ponyboy Press

Looks like I did a couple of repeats. Note to self: Look at this post before doing this next time.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Vintage Color Palettes - Best Thanksgiving Wishes

I love this Thanksgiving Postcard. The colors of this postcard that is probably about 100 years old are just as vibrant as this image shows. There is nothing written on the back. I am guessing the person who bought it couldn't bare to part with it and the lovely rich colors. I would hang on to it to - and will.

I love an autumn color palette, so this postcard is a favorite for that reason, too.  This autumn color palette is deeper and a little different than what you would see today.

The hex colors are from top to bottom: af3d08, cca139, 4b764f, 386a73

Not sure what to do with Vintage Color Palettes? You can use them to design the colors for your website, your living room or your next project. You can also use them to color patterns for online website design. Read more on this post about using Vintage Color Palettes from Ponyboy Press.

See all Vintage Color Palettes here or follow Vintage Color Palettes on Pinterest.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

This Vintage Owl Book Plate - A Gift for You - Limited Time

It is a week till my birthday and for a birthday treat I wanted to give you a present.

I've had this wise old owl vintage book plate for a few years and I decided to share it with everyone. This book plate is from about 1925, I would guess.

I created a hi-res pdf so you can download it, print it up (on adhesive paper would be best) and then place in the books you treasure so much.

owl ex libris vintage book plate printable ex libris


Did you know Ex Libris means "from the library of" and that book plates bearing that phrase have been used for hundreds of years?

In honor of me making it to another year, you can get this bookplate download for almost free. I say almost, because Etsy wouldn't allow me to mark it completely down. So you can get the download for 50 cents through November 6th. Use the code owlbday.

printable vintage owl book plate

I hope you enjoy them.  Print up a bunch and give them as a gift or put them in those books you always end up loaning out.  Such a clever little owl.

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