While waiting to pay for a purchase at my local oppy I spotted this
cardboard cylinder on a shelf behind the cash register.
The label is faded and tatty - even with my specs on, I can only read that it was sent to a Mrs Brown of ? (a farm or station name), Muchea, Western Australia.
(Muchea is a small farming community 57kms North of Perth)
Intrigued, I asked the lady serving me what was inside - just a few old pictures, she replied. But, what pictures they were!
Here's a couple of clues for you
Hmmmm, any guesses?
This will give the game away!
Inside were four, never framed, Big-Eyed prints by Cee Franca! I can only assume Mrs Brown ordered them for her children's bedroom and didn't get around to hanging them up (just like the Big Eyes I've got stashed in our shed, because the girls think they're freaky, and refuse to let me hang them)
Now meet the kids (my names)
Cute aren't they?
(Franca always gave her Big-Eyed kids that sweet round nose)
The prints were manufactured by D.A.C. New York (the Donald Art Company - named after owner and founder Donald Bonnist). D.A.C. sold millions of prints like these throughout the U.S.A. and internationally.
So, next time you're out and about, remember to ask if something catches your eye - you'll either score like I did, or die wondering. Right?!
And just in case you're curious, here's what I was waiting to pay for
this beautiful vintage cardigan by Nordstrikk
(Nordstrikk has been making traditional Norwegian knitwear since 1963)
Look at those pewter clasps...
Roll on Winter!