I collect vintage photos. I love double exposures and photo booth images. I collected photo booth strips and images long before Amelie came out, but now they're more popular than ever and harder to find.
Which reminds me, last night I was browsing journals and came across a post on ana's where she asked her pals what they collect. Seems like a good idea. What do you guys collect?
I collect vintage dresses (feminine as opposed to something a grieving, great, Italian auntie would wear; florals, tulle, velvets, silks, Asian influence, French beaded sweaters, evening gowns, slips, bathing suits etc.) and especially slips in large sizes. I like old purses, box and basket styles and beaded.
In postcard, greeting and trade cards, I like embossed (but not the fuzzy puffy kind) and chrome roses, peonies, lilies of the valley and red poppies, well basically anything pretty, pastel and floral, and French romantic, vintage erotic, and real photo. I also like hand tinted photos of children and cats and almost anything with beading or sequins.
I like cards and candid photos of black Standard Poodles, cats, Japanese Chins, volcanos, theater and film, Winsch, especially Schmucker, Halloween, especially embossed cards with black cats, vegetables and goblins, also any with owls, dragonflies, fairies, paper lanterns and Victorian/Asian themes, like the three little maids from The Mikado or geisha girls with fans and some cigarette cards and silks. I've just started to take an interest in little elves and fairies with red mushrooms. I also like all kinds of nudes and bubbles, although not necessarily together.
In state cards, I like New Jersey, Hamilton Ohio, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Hollywood, Hawaii, Catalina Island, Coney Island, esp. Luna Park, and California. I also collect Scott's Emulsion cards. I like Asian cards, especially women and children with parasols and paper lanterns. I love anything Esther Hunt or similar in style. I like vintage tinted images of Chinese children, people and street scenes in Chinatown. In postcards, trade cards and real photo I love cats, cute children, nuns, brides, wedding couples, women in vintage bathing costumes, especially Victorian seaside postcards or just people in pools or underwater. Also dragons and real photos of children in Halloween costumes and panoramic photos of children and some others, particularly if they are of landscapes, school plays or anything theatrical. I like die cuts and valentines. I love older family photo albums and scrapbooks and diaries and letters but pre 1960s. I also love erotic from gentle nudes all the way to the far side of wild in these real photos, I guess they just remind me that even our grandmother's were sexual which works for me.
I like vintage Rose Bowl Parade, float designs and postcards. I collect vintage paper lanterns. I like charm bracelets and charms. I have pet rats so anything rat oriented in a positive way is welcome. I like Arrow Rubber Mobley squeaky dogs and cats. I love Steiff, particularly tiny ones, but not the standard and larger sized bears as much.
I also like women's vanity items and Bakelite bracelets that are large enough to fit my wrist. I like almost anything celluloid, especially animals (I like the way the tiny animals feel). I like buttons, mother of pearl, Bakelite, rhinestone and others. I like vintage children's books with colorful illustrations and readers with little colored images. I like pottery or porcelain heads hands and feet, but not the traditional head vases with the eyelashes and earrings. I adore Chinese busts, particularly Esther Hunt or anyone who produced busts in her style. My favorite are the busts of women and children from Chinatown with little headdresses and flowers. I also collect her postcards and prints.
I love mermaids. I collect rosaries. I like some Catholic things, especially anything relating to nuns. I like anything Lenticular or 3D. I love costume jewelry, I collect Weiss and several others and particularly those big plastic or celluloid flower pins that are ruffley and kind of realistic looking. I like rhinestone tiaras, crowns, and headpieces. I love bridal veils and Victorian wax orange blossoms. I like vintage ribbon, some trims and love milliner flowers, especially velvet pieces or chenille.
I like chalkware lamps depending on the design, particularly if they have Asian women. I'm looking for anything by or about Esther Hunt or her contemporaries. I also like little Asian figurines and wall pockets. I like toys and figurines with red hair like trolls or funny little figurines. I love chenille figures, those felt ornaments that came from Bucilla kits that people made for their Christmas trees, they usually have sequins and beads all over them, tiny little fish tanks, weird little things that are cute, and, I like things with googly eyes.
I also collect cat's whiskers that have fallen out, old letters, diaries and scrapbooks, Arrow Rubber squeaky cats and dogs, Academy Award, Emmy and Sag viewing tapes and DVDs, props, chenille Easter chickies, vintage Christmas and Halloween ornaments and things, valentines, collage and assemblage, sculptures of hands and feet, Roseville, Van Briggle, Bauer, McCoy and other pottery, vintage millinery flowers and straw hats, bug jewelry, dragonfly, mermaid, gnome, and fairy themed things, books books and more books, bee things, crows and ravens, display cabinets, old advertising signs, unusual lighting and figural lamps, geodes, crystals, beautiful minerals, minerals that fluoresce under black light, anhydrous minerals -- minerals that have water and bubbles inside them, 3D postcards or pins, basically anything Lenticular, cows, giraffes, little cute chenille people, Asian things, buttons, mother of pearl things, paper lanterns, vintage and modern perfume and bottles, vintage medicine cabinet items, chalkware dollies and cats and things, foreign currency, Hawaiiana, volcano imagery, owls, salesman samples, mini things, beads, costume jewelry, rhinestones, glitter, Steiff animals, Madame Alexander dolls but not as much lately, trolls -- I like them naked so I take off their clothes, kiddles and Barbies, hat boxes, display mannequins, the chalkware kind, old globes, 78's, colored and photo image LPs, stamps, barkcloth, shabby chicy faded floral things, some toleware, fans, pearls, shells, old sugar Easter eggs you can look into through the little peephole, info and memorabilia about secret organizations like the ladies of the eastern star, saint statues, action figures with extra arms or eyes, eyeballs, bats, viewmasters... tarot cards, old games, anything from the movies Mars Attacks, or nightmare Before Christmas, Lego, colorforms, pop up books, children's books, sterling charms and charm bracelets, funny salt and pepper shakers, vintage forties tablecloths like fruit and cherries, wallpaper samples and runners, old kitchen utensils, monkeys, children's push and pull toys, panoramic photos, vintage group photos, pictures of nuns, old magazines from the fifties and before, theatre memorabilia, especially set design, parade float art, mardisgras related memorabilia, Victorian and Edwardian earrings and mourning jewelry, especially anything with eyes, and underwater pictures of people and things. I know I'm missing something but I am just too tired to go on................
Oooh lookey here, naked gal in a swimming pool with a flower in her hair, pretty. I love naked people in pools, anything with water.