New at Retro Chalet Vintage Rubber Print Blocks

Vintage letterpress blocks
Vintage Linoleum or rubber print blocks. circa 50s to 70s based on material and feel.

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While in Maine I stumbled upon an estate who was cleaning out the craft and sewing room. I happened across a bunch of old and great items, including these wee letterpress print blocks. Most are the size of a key on your keyboard, and hard rubber or linoleum material. They would be best used individually or glued and mounted to small wood blocks to make pressing them easier. I think they were from a kid’s set circa 1950s to 1960s.They look like they were cut out of a larger sheet at one point in time, and the No (number) block in the numbers make me think they are old as the dirt on them.

I have animals, a full alphabet set and a numeral set for sale in my Etsy shop, in the industrial/supplies section.

I was going to keep them to add to my ever growing collection of old stampers and letterpress, but I have not much time for mixed media or scrapbooking anymore. These would be used by an artist  who could appreciate them and love them as much as someone used to.  Found in Houlton, Maine.

rare letterpress letters 1950s
Alphabet, full $12.95 at Retro Chalet. Lobster not included.

Little animal stampers! What is the last animal? I think he’s a squatting dog!

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Adorable wee animal stamps
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Retro Chalet Bottle Caps Cleaning out the Studio

Root Beer Cap CollectionI’ve been cleaning out my stuido at my home. It has been a year in progress. Life was so hectic this past summer I closed down my studio and my Etsy shop. Imagine the crap that was piled in there just waiting to be cleaned and sorted that I’d found along my travels.

bottle caps altered art
Bottle Caps Galore for the Altered Artist

Bottle Caps from All Over: Cork Lined and Plastic Lined

I’m currently unmassing a lot of art supplies in my Etsy shop which I don’t normally sell. I have so many of them I will be 105 and still making art so I figure, why not let someone else have some?  These are great to make pendants, necklaces, earrings, or use in altered artwork. I have so many differnet ones that I will be cleaning out so check into my shop real soon.

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VIntage Keys for Making Art Retro Chalet on Etsy

Keys for artists.
Keys, Keys, Keys!

I just added a slew of keys for collecting, coveting, or making art into my RetroChalet Etsy shop.  They were in my studio for years. So many artists use keys in their work, that I thought these keys were better off with someone else. Not only that, but they are cute little collectibles of industrial history and reminders of yesteryear. All these keys seem to be blanks!  I love them all so much, just look!

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Keys on Etsy  from RetroChalet

 

old national key

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