The Vintage Ladies Collection. Volume One.: The Perfect Present for Ladies who Love to Laugh by Marilyn Messik
From the late 1800s through the turn of the last century, people wanted to communicate just as much as they do now. Naturally, they used the postal system, so things took a little longer, but news is news, whichever way it arrives.
To meet demand Lithographed Postcards, often hand-tinted were produced for every occasion you can imagine, as well as some you probably couldn't! And what could be better than taking the family along to a professional photographer because photos could be reproduced for distribution to those family and friends who were interested – as well as to those who probably weren’t. Photo sessions were often formal (think waxwork). Others were carefully staged with props and backdrops to create atmosphere, although it has to be said, in many of these the subjects look less than relaxed and in some cases, positively startled.
Once I started collecting shots from Public Domain records, as well as ferreting in lots of dusty, cobwebbed attic corners or scraping the bottoms of boxes in garage sales, it became pretty impossible to stop, (don't judge me). The images I gathered, the more apparent it became they had so much to say, were dying to say it and lacked only the means to do that.
Now, may I suggest you hang on to your smelling salts, grab your fans and tighten your corsets, the Vintage Ladies, not to mention several Vintage Gentlemen, have arrived. Take a look. FOUR DAY FREE SPECIAL OFFER: 17, 18, 19, 20 Sept.
Amazon reviewers say:
~ “Very clever, I defy anyone to keep a straight face.”
~ “Bought for 3 colleagues, never been so popular!”
~ “Got this for my sis, then kept it, I'm a bad person, when's next one out?”
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• Personal: Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Book Lover, Housework Hater.
• Professional: Author of Paranormal Thrillers & Business Books. Copywriter. Speaker.
• Default Setting: Mild Hysteria.
When my children were small I I wrote features and fiction for magazines and set up a home-based business supplying children’s party goods. I also trained as a Childbirth Educator. Thought all was going well, until the husband said if he opened one more cupboard and another pack of Mr Men party plates landed on his head he was leaving!
Tough choice but I opted for the husband and opened a shop – probably the only one where impatient customers in the queue were advised to breathe in short pants and not push. When I sold the shop, I set up a service creating tailor-made, off-the-beaten-track trips to the US, and started publishing an annual, accommodation guide which I eventually sold to a FTSE 100 company.
I currently run a copywriting consultancy, have blogged for The Telegraph Online, written four Paranormal Thrillers, four Business Books, and the Vintage Ladies. ~