t's been a while since I've shown you some junking finds. These were found last fall...from two of my favorite Minnesota occasional sale vendors!! The sand-casted American Railway sign, the depot chalkboard, and the gesso advertising mirror...each of these three pieces is too fabulous for words.
This sign dates between 1917 (when the American Railway Express was formed) and 1929 (when the company changed names). The sign is sand-painted. I'm not sure of the process, but it has a fabulous texture. The edges above and below the words are angled in, and the black and gold is very striking. I'm completely smitten with it!!
The warmth and patina of this chalkboard is yummy! I was told it was from some kind of depot in Fessenden, ND...train depot maybe? I don't remember what she said!! (UPDATE: I did a web search and learned that the Soo Line Depot in Fessenden closed in 1969. Perhaps it is from that depot!) The chalkboard part is an actual piece of slate. Heavy!!
Here are a couple close-ups of the gesso advertising mirror. It has a different advertiser on each side of the frame. The floral and textural details on this piece make it extra special.
The mirror has found a home in the master bedroom redo. I'll be sure to take some photos soon! The placement of the railway sign and chalkboard are still being debated. I haven't narrowed down the best options yet. They will find their way to the perfect spot eventually!