I think it's pretty clear by now that I love birds.
I have liked them for decorating purposes since high school, but it is a more recent thing that I actually like to study them, know their habits, observe them in nature and identify them.
Yeah, I'm a bird nerd.
I am also a lover of vintage books.
And when my bird nerding and vintage book loving cross paths, well, it is pretty much one of the best things ever.
Like half in half in coffee instead of non dairy creamer. Man I miss half and half.
Thanks to my mother-in-law, I now have a complete collection of these sweet little bird books.
Check them out.
I found the yellow and blue one on our Palm Springs get away last year.
For my birthday this year, my mother -in-law tracked down the red and green ones.
She used this website. I'm going to be on that a lot.
I found the yellow one first and was instantly smitten by the end paper and this darling inscription.
(which is why I always inscribe books given as gifts. it makes books even more friend-like)
That end paper is truly to die for, right?
The books are actually little field guides with a picture and description of each bird.
I collect vintage field guides too.
I collect a lot of things.
I think the illustrations are lovely and I like the writing too.
When an author can use the phrase , "in good repute" when describing a bird, I'm surely going to be reading that to my kids as we learn about tree swallows.
My mother-in-law noticed I had the yellow and blue book siting next to the couch and decided it would be just the thing to complete my collection.
Yes! I was so excited when I opened them.
I was even more excited when I opened the red book and found these.
A whole bunch of vintage bird stamps!
It was 2 gifts in one!
There are about 35 of them.
All from the 1950s, beautifully illustrated and in almost perfect condition.
They are from the National Wildlife Federation.
Here are a few of my favorite ones.
(i know--it would be better if I had laid them out straight before photographing them. it bugs me each time i look at these pictures. i couldn't re-shoot. just go with it)
I really love all the stamps, but these 2 are my absolute favorites.
They are the biggest ones and the illustrations are gorgeous.
The illustrator, Jack Murray, did covers for the Saturday Evening Post as well as many other wildlife illustrations for various magazines.
He also designed a stamp for the duck stamp series by the US Postal Service.
(ps--i collected stamps in elementary school. and worked at the library. see how things come full circle.)
These stamps he designed for the King Arthur Flour Company.
It looks like it was a give away of sorts--a stamp in each bag of flour.
How stinking cool is this?!?!
Yeah, I am obviously a complete nerd: birds, and stamps.
That's OK, I can take the nerd status and go with it.
I'd love to find this whole series of stamps, but I'm not quite up to the lengthy Internet research session it would probably take.
So until then, I'll just enjoy the 2 that I have.
Which brings me to the question I have for you: what should I do with these stamps?
I want to display them somehow.
I am thinking labeling them with a cool typewriter font and putting them up on paper somehow as a piece of art.
Shower me with your creative ideas.
Can't wait to hear them.
Wishing you a happy weekend!
PS. For those of you interested in wildlife art from the 50s, (or is it just me?) you'll find lots of illustrators did work for companies and the government of birds and animals.
Charlie Harper, an incredibly popular artist right now, did a serious of his famous bird illustrations for the Ford Motor Company.
What I wouldn't give for some companies to bring back this idea. All they'd have to do is hit up etsy for some fabulous artists and create some art for their product like these stamps or those prints by Charlie Harper.
I'd buy a bag of flour for that, wouldn't you?