I LOVE ANYTHING THAT IS OLD. I always have. Even as a small child I would walk around the very old parts of the cemetery just to look at all the old grave stones. So naturally I would want to decorate my home with old pieces collected here and there. I guess you would call that decorating in either Rustic, Primitive or Country.
It may have been as long as 15 years ago I noticed a listing on Ebay for these two E. W. Townsend Sons catalogs dated 1935 & 1938. The oldest catalog is actually just in black and white and I purchased it first. When I saw the 1938 catalog with it's juicy red strawberries and bright green stems I knew I had to have that one also. Since my last name is Townsend and I love the red and green color theme in my kitchen and dining room, I decided to buy them and have them matted and framed. They have been hanging in my dining room ever since. I'm hoping they will be something that I can pass on to my grandchildren since I have plenty of them that also share that name.
Another item, among many that hang on the wall is my Nevada Ghost Town Map. I bought this map, if my memory serves me correctly in the old ghost town of Johnnie. Since Brad and I absolutely love exploring the desert, this map was perfect. I have always had a bucket list goal of visiting every ghost town in Nevada. There are a LOT of ghost towns in Nevada and so this is a really large map. I acquired this really large poster frame that the map would fit in and I knew I wanted to display it. Many may disagree, but I decided to lightly burn the edges of the map to make it appear older and give it some interest. I have it attached on top of a piece of black matte board rather than behind it. I feel it helps identify the fact that it is a map and the burnt edges gives it character and interest. After all these years, I still LOVE it!
Here are just a few of my favorite Ghost Town Photos we have taken over the years while exploring Nevada and the neighboring states. You don't have to go to a museum here in Nevada because there are little bits of history just lying around all over the place.