Sunday, February 21, 2010

Reflecting on a Depression Era Sign

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Simple changes are my favorite kind of home project. You know...moving a piece of furniture, adding some artwork, changing out the pillow covers. Simple changes that make things just feel right.

This simple project involves a light that we put in a few weeks ago. See Star Light, Star Bright, First Star...is My Kitchen Light. We've simply added of a single piece of art to that same space for some warmth, interest, and inspiration.

STEP 1: 
A few weeks ago, we changed out the light...(for full post see Star Light, Star Bright, First Star...is My Kitchen Light)

(Move your mouse over the image to see the before and after! NOTE: If you are viewing this in a reader, you'll have to visit the post to view the effect.)



STEP 2:
I added some character above the sink with this small Depression Era sign.

(Move your mouse over the image to see the before and after! NOTE: If you are viewing this in a reader, you'll have to visit the post to view the effect.)



STEP 3:
Wait! There is no step 3. Unless you count taking photos a step. Nah, we won't count it. Two steps is all!!


The sign is an authentic hand-painted sign from the Depression Era. I picked it up at Sue's "Garage Sale" last August. I laugh at the term garage sale, because Sue Whitney's (of JunkMarket Style) version of a garage sale rivals any flea market, antique store, or junk shop. See herehere, and here. If you look at this sign close up, you can see the pencil outlines and the brush strokes of the ink. Old school sign making at its finest!



I've wondered about the sign and what it meant. Why would Depression Era employers not cash paychecks on payday? Perhaps it was because the employer didn't have enough money to cover everyone. That's just a guess though. Or maybe they didn't want the employees to spend their money carelessly over the weekend.



I love the historical significance of the sign. Like my recent inspirational toaster project, it provides an unexpected conversation piece in an unexpected place. As we all face the current recession, it also reminds me to be grateful each day.



19 comments:

  1. I really like that sign... funny how something like that can tug at you, no? The sink area is looking good....

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  2. I love your light. It really looks great. And the sign is so full of personality. I love reading things that make you think.

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  3. Amy,
    Love the sign...how unique and... makes one wonder what it really means!? I really love your style of decorating so simple but speaks volumes.
    I'm jealous (lol) that you found this sign at Sue's "garage" sale...I'd have to drive almost 18 hours to go to her's -not that it wouldn't be well worth it! Maybe someday!
    ~judi ;)

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  4. With cash being as scarce as hen teeth during that time, I'm sure that is part of the reason.
    Love it...what about I.O.U's?
    Debbie

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  5. Love that sign...and still lovin the light too!

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  6. Gosh, that light is really calling my name!

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  7. Great vintage sign. I sure hope we get out of this recession we are in. Sure don't want another depression. Things are slowly improving. Residential building is starting again here.

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  8. Love the sign, I love finding things like that. Makes you wonder the history behind them.

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  9. The sign is perfect!!
    And I love the vintage canisters!
    Your kitchen is so neat!!
    xxooxx

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  10. I love the sign and your star light. We had ordered a star light for DD2's foyer, but decided she needed something else there. After seeing yours, she needs to work one in somewhere.

    Your kitchen (and blog) is lovely. I hope you'll drop by AtticMag this week to see my home on tour and check out my kitchen,
    Allison

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  11. First time on your blog and that before/after feature is the collest thing I have ever seen on a blog....very very neat!

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  12. What a lovely sign. I would never have come up with the idea to hang it over the kitchen sink but I love it there! Cool.

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  13. Love your sign and star light. I collect antique signs and what you say is true, each stop and make you consider the translation and reason they were posted. I have one that reads: Help wanted. No Irish need apply.
    Another is for a Bar that reads: No dogs or Irish allowed.

    - Deborah

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  14. I love that sign. WIsh I could be at Sue's garage sale. It looks amazing.

    Ruth

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  15. I love the sign! I like where you have it, too.

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  16. boy you are good at editing your cottage!! -- with all the great junk you find - how do you not display more of it!? There is so much that I LOVE & want to display it all! Just went through Old Towne & saw your great displays the other day. Nice!!

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  17. Amy, the sign looks great!! That sounds like my house there are never any checks cashed here at all... ;) Hey are you going to Farm chicks?

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  18. Great sign! Great location in the house for it too! Well done... Again!

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  19. Oh, Amy, this looks marvelous. I remember reading about your star light when you first posted about it; it's fun to see it again. But that sign!! What a great conversation-starter. And the first conversation probably needs to be me talking to myself, reminding myself how much we have to be thankful for!

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