I made a collage using ephemera from the World War II era. Painted a canvas with blended blue and black paint, scuffed it up a bit. (Click on pictures to enlarge.)
I have a suitcase full of letters, pictures and all kinds of memorabilia from the family of Arthur Salve, from the 1940's and 50's. I built the piece around an Enlisted Man's Temporary Pass to visit NY City, made out to Arthur.
From that collection I included a letter written by Arthur's mother about the family farm stand, a typed recipe for peach butter, and a family photo (that may be the Salve's).
I added a map of Europe from an old encyclopedia, a NY City postcard, a ticket to a dance for service men, a lingerie ad and a clipping from a 1943 issue of Life Magazine. I didn't shellac the paper--I wanted it to have a rough feel, like a bulletin board. I have a lot of ephemera from this era and couldn't figure out what to do with it. I like the idea of creating vignettes with these bits of history, and am considering doing a series of them.
I'm heading to the Catskills tomorrow... Enjoy your weekend!