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.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Vintage Color Palettes - Birthday Greetings

Vintage Color Palettes - Birthday greetings - hex colors on blog - Ponyboy Press

This lovely Vintage Color Palette comes from a birthday greeting postcard that was sent to a young boy from his "Gramma". Most likely it was sent in the 1920's. 

The colors in this palette are some of my favorites. I love the rich, muted colors.  From left to right, the hex codes are: 978778, 606887, b16241, 758060

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Vintage Color Palettes - Witch Tree & Ramona's Wedding Place


Vintage Color Palette - The Witch Tree - get hex color codes on the blog ponyboypress.com

Two Vintage Color Palettes today because sometimes it's too hard to chose just one. I went through some postcards I hadn't been through in a long time yesterday and found these beauties.

This one above is a gorgeous "Phostint" postcard from the early 1900's. It is of the Witch Tree in Monterey. A lone cypress that was full of history and mystery. From what I can tell it was destroyed in a storm in 1964. At one time it was considered the most photographed tree in the U.S.

I love the unique colors of the palette for this postcard. Rich antique versions of modern colors. I especially love that dark cypress gray/green that is almost black. That's a color you don't see much these days.

The hex color codes are from top to bottom: 7e5154, fcbbbb, 6eadb5, 595f5e.



The next color palette is from a linen postcard from around 1940. The postcard is of Ramona's Marriage Place in San Diego. It's one of the oldest surviving examples of Spanish architecture and still stands.

The color palette of this postcard is filled with sunlight and summer shadows - a pretty vintage southwest color combo.

Hex color codes are from left to right: fad5a8, e47e62, 9183ab, a6b96b

See all Vintage Color Palettes on Pinterest.
Vintage Color Palette - Ramona's Marriage Place - Get hex codes on the blog ponyboypress.com

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Vintage Color Palette - Yamato Bros. Co.

Vintage Color Palette - Yamamto Bros Co. See blog for hex codes: ponyboypress.com

This is a beautiful vintage color combination from this unique piece of advertising scrap. The company who distributed these was Yamato Bros. Co, in Kobe, Japan. I am guessing this is from around 1910.  Can you read Japanese?  I'd love to know what it says.

The hex codes for these colors is from top to bottom: f8b4c3, a7b15f, ce3041, 296e8f.

Back of Vintage Advertising Scrap ponyboypress.com

Friday, July 17, 2015

All the Zines you Could Want in One Room - The Portland Zine Symposium 2015!

It's that time again! The Portland Zine Symposium is this weekend and I will be there. Need convincing:

Top Ten Reasons you should go to the Portland Zine Symposium:


  1. It's free
  2. It's air-conditioned
  3. There are free workshops where you can learn stuff
  4. There are thousands of zines there for you to browse
  5. Because you've never known for sure what this whole zine thing is about
  6. There are lots of comic artists there, too.
  7. You will have some great conversations
  8. You'll probably end up with some free stuff
  9. You'll get to see me
  10. You can see my new zine!



Hope to see you there! I will be near the far front door.





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