From the Library

Junking on the Postcard Junket

I ran up to Austin for the day to catch the Capital of Texas Postcard Show and Sale.   I met some nice folks, picked up some great cards, and came home with some wicked hangnails from digging in boxes all day. Next time I’m wearing gloves! . . Here is my favorite find from the […]

Ephemera, Inspiration

Rebel Yell

You are going to need a rebel yell if you are interested in this confederate flag coming up at auction next week.  Minimum bid starts at $60,000 and is estimated to fetch $175,000. . . The auction catalog says lot 2373 is a Spectacular confederate battle flag captured at the Gettysburg campaign…. This flag was […]


Nephew Buster and Cowgirl Cupid

I have a fun little collection of western valentines and since today is Valentines Day I want to share one with you. This one has me scratching my head a bit – Why is cupid throwing a heart lasso at a train? And do you think that saddle is giving that bare-bottom a bit of […]


Design History 101: American Rodeo

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Design History: 101, Ephemera, Fashion, Inspiration

Let ‘er Buck, Baby!

. WHOO-WE – Ride’em, Cowgirl! It is the start of the rodeo season here in Texas, my friends, and we are all over it. I’m crazy about rodeos – especially the big ones because it’s always a fashion show…and I LOVE  fashion shows!  So to kick start the season, I’m going to feature some of […]

Ephemera, Fashion

DoubleTake: January 1990

DoubleTake is a fun monthly feature looking back at the pages of 1990 Vogue and reminiscing about Double D Ranch’s fledgling start up year. Won’t you giggle along with me as I do a “double take” look at fashion and celebrate our 20th anniversary? . Vogue, January 1990 Editor: Anna Wintour Newsstand Price: $3 bucks […]

DoubleTake, Ephemera

Nephew Buster & Cowgirl Cupid

I have a fun little collection of vintage cowgirl themed valentine cards and since today is Valentine’s Day it’s the perfect opportunity to share one with you. . This is my favorite – a Victorian valentine from the Golden Age of Postcards ca. early 1900s.  I don’t know the artist, but it was printed in […]

Ephemera, From the Library