Parade of Art

The antiques and vintage things in the shop come from Midwestern auctions and from people who inherit things and come into the shop to sell them. I always ask about the people who owned them. I record their names, where they lived and sometimes I am given a photograph of the person which I pass on to the new owner. There are many different types of art in the shop and this month I have the pieces included here.  I show customers (and children) how to tell the difference between a lithograph, etchings, engravings, etc. with the help of a jeweler’s loupe. It opens up an entire new world to people.

Jean Romano, a graduate from the Art Institute of Chicago, watched her plans for a commercial design career dissolve when WWII began. Shown above are two of her design ideas from 1939. The first and second photographs show some of her 3D kits for making shadow pictures.  (Just double-click the image if you would like to see them close up.) The photograph to the right is of an advertising idea that Jean wanted to pitch to Ivory Soap. The prototype shows a bathtub toy duck that rode a floating bar of Ivory Soap.

The accomplished artist, William Thompson, began his career sweeping the studio floors of William Henry Chandlers studio. One of the stellar moments in the shop was when I met  his niece. I think he was America’s greatest pastel artist.

Paul Krause painted church murals in the late 1800s. I easily found his grandson, a Milwaukee realtor. Paintings like this one would be presented to a church board as a sample of his work. The tiny details are mind-boggling.




I recently won this oil painting at an auction. It is larger than the section I am showing. It has a lot of tobacco smoke on its surface.  It is so yellow now that I can’t read the signature. Someone has already spent a sizable amount to have the painting relined. See the back? Do you see the age on the second lining? It will be interesting to see if the sky is blue. I love this painting.  I think it dates to the time when people let their cattle run loose and then had to go find them.

Karl Priebe Artist Handpainted Post Cards Vintage

Hand-painted post cards mailed to an art benefactor by the artist Karl Priebe, one of the Six Magic Realists School of Art centralized in Wisconsin between 1920-1945. He drew an image and then had the image printed on postcards. The glossy surface of the postcards were wonderful to float watercolors upon. Karl used these for travel correspondence. He was quite a traveler and spent many vacations painting and drawing animals and birds at local zoos.

Sometimes, someone comes in whose family is part of an American dynasty. One of the Goes family autographed the back of my old  “Found” print, originally painted by Albert Schenck. The Goes family ancestors created many of  famous original prints we see hanging in shops and homes today. Goes Lithography Company has been in business since 1879. They created chomo-lithograph posters for Buffalo Bill, the Columbian Exposition in 1893 and the 1933 Chicago Worlds Fair to name just a few of their many accomplishments. They sell prints of some of their famous posters and I am sure they are of the best quality.


History Goes Publishing Chicago Delevan

Goes Lithographing Company


So many lives, so many people, so much to do, so little time. Some roll through life in the comfort of routine and quiet dignity, some striving for but never reaching their dream, some reaching it but finding that it didn’t bring what they hoped, and always the love, the making do, the family, the fights, the love and always coming back to the love. All telling the story of the American people, your family, my family, there is no difference. We all belong in the family of man.

Last week, I had the most delightful surprise when three people found the shop through this blog. Melissa, from the Comfy Home blog came in the shop and I was so delighted to meet this warm and personable new friend and surprised to learn that her husband works in Northbrook.  Northbrook is my hometown.

TheIMG_4262.CR2 next week, sisters Linda and Carol stopped in while they were on a day trip. They were having the kind of fun only sisters by blood or bond can have and we laughed a lot.

Later that day, I noticed this fabulous woman and her big chunky bracelets. She must be an artist.

All new friends united over shared interests and a love for this old stuff, the things that tell the stories of the American people, our great big family.

Thanks for stopping by today.


24 thoughts on “Parade of Art

  1. I think its great that you know the stories behind these pieces of art (and that you are sharing a bit with us). I wish more shop owners did this but I believe you on time constraints.

    For some reason I thought you were in southern Illinois. So much for my geographical skills! I will have to get ‘up’ to visit you and your town!


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  2. Oh, how I always, always enjoy reading your posts, Ginene. Fabulous info on the pieces of art you currently (or recently) have/had. I always gravitate to winter scenes, isn’t that odd, given that I do NOT like winter. I want to be like the lady who wears an armful of bracelets! Right now, though, I need those wrists for loading all the stuff I seem to accumulate. Love how your visitors came from your hometown! Truly, we are all one family. Here’s hoping your spring is coming, and that Selene leaves you unscathed. Happy Spring and Happy Easter!


    • Oh my gosh, Rita, the governor of Wisconsin declared the state of Wisconsin in a “state of emergency” because of the big storm ahead. It is pouring rain here now and it is going to turn to snow. At least that is what they say. The weather people have been known to be off once or twice. I have an auction to go to. No time for snow! Thank you for stopping by to see me today,


  3. Oh my goodness, thank you so much for mentioning me and my husband in your post – I am honored! It was such a pleasure to meet you. Your shop is so beautiful and you have such a beautiful way with words…you really should blog more often! (I know, I know…in your spare time, right?) You have some exquisite artwork. I love that you know the history behind these pieces. I am especially enamored with those bird postcards. I can just picture them framed and displayed in a grouping.

    I also wanted to thank you for leaving such a kind, sweet comment on my last blog post. All three of us are feeling better now – there has been some light at the end of the tunnel. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Ginene.

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    • Melanie, I saw the potential of the postcards just like you said as being framed together in a long frame. I’ll do that today. It is helpful to have you reinforce me. Thanks, friend. – Ginene


  4. Hey my friend, you always have a way of telling wonderful stories of the items you connect with. It’s wonderful connecting in cyberspace, but when you finally meet someone through it actually it closes the circle. Perhaps one day our paths in life will cross and either will stroll into the others life.. ☺️ Until then, I’ll take cyber friend. ..great story and you know I love the pieces

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    • Annie, I was wondering if there is any possible way that you would come and visit with me when I am open on Saturday nights during the summer. You are so fun to have in the shop and I would so love to get together more often.

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  5. Collecting art pieces and mapping out their respective provenances. The passion you bring to the task would in due time swell the tribe of your customers and followers, wanting to buy from you or keenly listen to your stories. Here is hoping for clemency of weather at yours, Ginene, to create the setting for another happy Easter…

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    • Hi Raj,
      You know, it has been amazing lately with people coming to the shop because of the blog. I hope you had a happy Easter, too. Mine was fabulous, I went to an Easter vigil at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine in Belleville, Illinois. That is 300 or more miles from here and I just happened to be at an auction in that town. The service was truly meaningful.

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  6. We are of like minds, Ginene. I always wonder “what’s your story?” when I encounter an interesting piece of art – or any antique. Having an item’s provenance makes it just that much more fascinating. I’m so glad you include children when explaining a piece. I believe children have an innate ability to appreciate art in their own ways. I hope winter’s talons loosen its grip in your neck of the woods and that spring shows up soon! Take care, Joanne

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    • Joanne, there are tiny buds on the raspberry bushes here. I was in Southern Illinois last weekend for an auction and all the flowering trees and bushes were in bloom. And, you are so right about explaining something new to children, for example, it is fun to see them find a whole new world looking through a 10-times magnifying glass.


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