February 3, 2014

Thrift Share Monday

I love EPHEMERA! When I saw four boxes of 1958 Flash Cards made by the Gelles-Widmer Company, I swiftly placed all of them in my cart.

These vintage cards will flash pre-primmer and primmer words for the emergent readers. In the 50's, these words were called primer words, in the 70's and 80's they were called dolch word, and today they are called sight words. Yet these words, no matter what you call them have remained the same.

Vintage 1958 Primer and Pre-Primmer Flash Cards
Back in 1958 phonics was taught, but today we have the debate of phonics or whole word instruction. I remember telling students this little phrase:
When two vowels go walking the first does the talking. If the word ends in the letter E, most often, the vowel has a long sound.

Some of the illustrations on these flash cards are dated. When was the last time you saw a fuse?

While the alphabet has remained the same. . .

We certainly would not use these illustrations in today's society. 

I admire all handy work, such as knitting, crocheting, and embroidery. My mother did needlepoint and embroidery work, and I know how much work goes into some of these pieces. While walking by the art work at the thrift store, I spotted an embroidered piece in a cheap frame.

This rectangle tone on tone piece caught my eye. 

Satin stitches fill the letters, with french knots, or maybe bullion knots, add definition to the letters.

Cross stitches, french knots, with running stitches, and back stitches complete Jesus.

I'm thinking it will make a lovely pillow for my bedroom. I was not blessed with a  DIY gene so I will ask my sweet sister to make this into a pillow for me.

I hope to be linking up with:

Sir-Thrift-A Lot:  Thriftasaurus
A Living Space: The Nifty Thrifty
Me and My Shadow: Magpie Monday
We Call It Junkin: We Call It Olde Link Up
ColoradoLady: Vintage Thing Thursday
Thrifty Groove: Thrifty Things Friday
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson: Share Your Cup Thursday


  1. I think I still have a set of flash cards somewhere.
    The embroidered piece is stunning!

  2. I remember flash cards from my childhood!

  3. My youngest grand daughter, in kindergarten, is being taught to spell and read phonetically
    and I am thrilled. We practice her "sight" words whenever I babysit...:)JP

  4. Nice finds, I picked up a set of French flash cards recently from the 50's pretty cool. I love the embroidery and I pillow would be beautiful!

  5. I would've snagged those cards, too. One of my sons is in speech therapy and the words and pictures they use in the worksheets are still just as dated. I don't know who comes up with some of them!