Saturday, October 22, 2011

Paper Moon

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Hello, dear friends!

Oh, my….there’s just so much to love in this world, isn’t there?  So much to love OUT of this world, too!

I’m going to let you in on a couple of my many obsessions…

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…the first is vintage “paper moon” photographs!

There’s just something so quirky and charming about these turn-of-the-century photos…most taken in arcades, boardwalks, seaside resorts, carnivals, county fairs…

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…single photos or group shots with friends…these photographs were just for fun!

It was a quick, much less formal, and MUCH less expensive alternative to the customary Victorian studio photographs…

Why the moon setting, you ask?  Some wonder if it was a result of the popularity of Jules Verne’s novel “From the Earth to the Moon”…who knows for sure.  All I know is that I LOVE these moony prints!

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Well, then I took a VERY wonky turn…I’m also head-over-heels in love with German china doll heads…

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…combine the two, and voila’!

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I saw this idea somewhere a while ago…can’t remember where (sorry!), but here’s my take on the combination of two of my loves…

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I just took a sweet, innocent paper moon photo…

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…and added the German doll head image…

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…easy peasy!

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The words from Bing Crosby’s “Would You Like to Swing on a Star” were going through my head as I worked on my little hybrid creation…

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…which led to moonbeams in a jar, of course!

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My second lady in the moon was just as fun…

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…I added one of those fabulous Tim Holtz tags here…imagine!

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…”feeling just heavenly”, she says…

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…I think she really is…

Before I leave you, I thought I’d share with you the words to an old song I found on the subject…

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IT’S ONLY A PAPER MOON

I never feel a thing is real
When I'm away from you
Out of your embrace…

The world's a temporary parking place
A bubble for a minute
You smile, the bubble has a rainbow in it
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Say, it's only a paper moon
Sailing over a cardboard sea
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me.

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Yes, it's only a canvas sky
Hanging over a muslin tree
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me.

Without your love
It's a honky-tonk parade
Without your love
It's a melody played in a penny arcade.

It's a Barnum and Bailey world
Just as phoney as it can be
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me.

{Lyrics by Billy Rose, Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg….It was written originally for an unsuccessful Broadway play called “The Great Magoo”, set in Coney Island.}

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See you soon with something new…

Julie

{all vintage images found online}