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Sunday, May 6, 2012

OLD 1928 VINTAGE CATALOG -- TRELLIS, BENCH, AND FENCE


Here are some summer projects for the skilled (or unskilled) crafts-person.  Took these images out of an old 1928 lumber company catalog that I found years ago. I sold the catalog this spring but I did take a few photos of the  catalog's accessories before it landed in the buyer's hands. 



The above double trellis is actually a set of benches.  



I like this bench. A little bit of 
cozy feeling comes with it



More bench enclosures
 Look close,  it also is a good place to put birdhouses



29 comments:

  1. We could do with some of those, Barbara. We live on a hill, like living at the seaside and it is never warm. I hope to have a summer house in the garden before our 'summer' is over, I shall save up in order to buy it. I'm hoping to use it as a writer's retreat too.

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    1. Carole Anne -- Oh a writer's retreat! Your own space to be creative. How nice that would be especially if it were in your garden. thanks for the nice comment -- barbara

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  2. Those are so beautiful and such classic items. I wish we could see more of these in today's society.

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    1. Michelle -- on rare occasions I spot decrepit remnants of these old structures in a yard. I emphasis rarely. thanks -- barbara

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  3. Ahhh...the Old Ways....the good ways......!
    Makes me want to build something!

    Have a creative week!
    ~Mimi

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    1. Mimi -- the old ways are what we build with for today. Build away. thanks -- barbara

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    1. Kay -- A nice response -- thank you Kay

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  5. Patterns and arches capture the eyes. I visualize sitting on these benches in the future nature taking its course and vines growing throughout the framework.

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    1. Grampy -- I can't imagine many crafters taking on projects like these -- unless he/she was doing it as a hobby. I do know someone who did build a lovely wooden arched-trellis gate for their fence. thanks -- barbara

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  6. Love it! My spousal unit built a bench w/ lattice enclosures around it for a wisteria. We moved, and I never got to see the wisteria bloom, but the bench was lovely. :~)

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    1. Jan -- Oh -- so sorry. It is difficult to leave behind such things in the yard. It reminds me of plants in the garden that one doesn't get to see bloom when they move. Hope you have photos of it. thanks -- barbara

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  7. I'm so glad you copied these pictures before selling the catalog - they're so charming! I absolutely love the last two, especially - I can picture being in one of those on a summer day, with trumpet vine or grapes or Virginia creeper growing up over it to provide shade, and sitting there all afternoon with a captivating book and some homemade lemonade! *sigh* What a sweet post - you took me away to a happy place! :-)

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    1. Laloofah -- Many of us can conjure up a day well spent with a book, a drink, and a lovely comfortable bench to use while enjoying a leisurely afternoon. I hope you get an opportunity to do so as you rush around with your house construction. thanks -- barbara

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  8. I love all of these. My great aunt in Troy, Alabama had one of the little double bench affairs in her garden (over sixty years ago) and my husband built me a bench with an arched arbor.

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  9. vicki -- What a wonderful gesture -- he sounds like a gem of a husband. I hope the bench with arched arbor is still standing strong. thanks -- barbara

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  10. I smile that nothing is new! Even my very new garden bench arbour is seemingly out of that catalogue.
    Carol A
    ps it has magical properties. It has not stopped raining since we had it installed. Drought breaker.

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  11. Nothing changes. My very new garden seat arbour is just like your catologue. It'a rained since we had it so must be a drought breaker.
    Carol A

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    1. claggle -- It sure would be nice if you mentioned where you found such pieces. Or were they on your property when you moved there? -- barbara

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    2. It is new and came as a flat pack. I liked seeing your catalogue with timeless styles or 'vintage' as they label it now.
      Still raining!

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    3. claggle -- Nice to know that the vintage yard accessories are still being sold in the marketplace. -- barbara

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  12. They just don't make things like they used to, do they, well not as often or made to last like back then.

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    1. Linda -- Wood in the 20s was stronger than the wood bought today. Today's lumber is usually grown on tree farms which produces weaker stock than the harvested forest wood from the 20s. So overall, I feel you are right. -- thanks for the comment -- barbara

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  13. These trellises reming me of my grandmother's backyard. Great fun in the summer with the grapes. Purple fingers!

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    1. Birdman -- Oh yes, I imagine you ate your share -- thanks barbara

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  14. Wouldn't the world be wonderful if we would pursue the art of creating things beautiful instead of things merely functional, efficient? We seem to be bent on riding roughshod over those elements in life that simply give us peace in our souls, joy in our hearts. Scrubbing Art from the curriculum; trashing the airwaves....Thank goodness our local Public Broadcasting plays classical music! Thank you, Barbara. Beautiful reminders.

    Elora

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    1. Elora -- we do need art and music to soothe our souls. Unfortunately, schools are having budget cuts in most school districts and art and music always takes the blows when there are cuts. I am concerned about where we are going. thanks -- barbara

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  15. I wish I could find the screen in the first photo. I need it. Dianne

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    1. Dianne -- perhaps you could find a local crafts-person that could build one according to your specifications? Do you remember the time when there were many local crafts-persons around to build such fences at a reasonable price. Hope you have luck in finding one -- thanks for stopping by -- barbara

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