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A Trip to Paris….in 1918 with free printable downloads

A Trip to Paris….in 1918 with free printable downloads

My sister Phebe is the official (unofficially) historian of our clan.  It’s wonderful.  She’s compiled pictures, done the research even provided us all with Family History Books.

So I was intrigued when a large package arrived from her recently.  She hadn’t said anything and it wasn’t my birthday.

Inside I discovered scores of pictures and other interesting artifacts along with a note from my sister.

She explained that these were some of the belongings of grand-uncle Paul (my maternal grandmother’s oldest brother) and she thought I might find them interesting and that they might yield some fun, useful graphics.

There was a great collection of photosVintage Photograph Family History

I particularly like these jaunty fellows.Vintage Jaunty Men

But what really intrigued me were the various mementos from Uncle Paul’s service in WWI.  There were letters, his passport, his military medals.Paris World War I ephemera

Apparently he spent some time in France during the war.  I spotted this fun graphicVintage Paris Guidebook Cover

And imagine my surprise when I opened it up and discovered that it was actually a very large, very cool, beautifully preserved map from Paris in 1918!Beautiful Map of Paris Circa 1918

I haven’t done anything to it for that picture.  It really is that vivid still after (almost) 100 years!

I thought some of you might find good uses for a few of these so in homage to the great Graphics Fairy I’ve scanned and cleaned up a few of them.

I’m not sure what I’ll use it for but I thought this Christmas Telegram via Western Union was nice.  There are two versions – one that includes the Western Union graphic and one that’s just the holiday graphic (if you click on them they should open up in a separate window with a larger, high resolution image ready to download…..or not…..this is me and computers so nothing is guaranteed).Holiday Greeting GraphicChristmas Telegram Free Graphic for Download

Here’s the outside of the map bookletVintage Paris Guidebook Cover

I think the text on the top of the map is pretty great so here it is:Vintage Paris Metropolitan Text Graphic

And finally, of course, the map itself.  My scanner isn’t remotely big enough to scan the whole things so I had to do it in bits an pieces so it’s not perfect.Paris Map 1918

I hope some of these are useful.  And thanks Phebe!

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About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

11 responses »

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your family’s graphics. What a treasure you have. Be sure to share with us what you did with all these photos.

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  2. The graphics are great, thanks!

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  3. Wow, what a fun glimpse into the past! Thanks!

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  4. You are welcome from all of us…
    I knew I’d found the right spot for Great Uncle Paul’s mementos!
    Phebe

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  5. My gosh, David! What a gift! What a sister, huh. The brilliant one… Thank-you both.

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  6. Fantastic find–I’m so happy for you! Thanks very much for the graphics. That map is phenomenal, btw. 🙂 Thanks to Phebe too!

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  7. I like the jaunty fellows, too.

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  8. As you can imagine, David, this was one of my ‘come back to’ links. LOVE your treasure trove. Alas, my relatives are not that exciting. But I do have a couple of similar pull out maps from antique Paris books. Incroyable, n’est-ce pas? Thanks for sharing!

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