Vintage Dictionary Art

Monday, February 18, 2013

Vintage Funk & Wagnalls Dictionary
I came across this old dictionary at a local thrift store for $2.  I love collecting old books and have recently been seeking old dictionaries to display on a bookshelf.
This one caught my eye with its aged patina and the endearing index card that read 
Our Grandmother's Dictionary ~ honestly it made me a little sad that someone would get rid of this.  The original owner's name is still visible on the front cover ~ in cursive of course!
Throughout the pages are intricate pen and ink drawings, amounst the K's was a page dedicated to Different Types Of Knots.
Being that I'm in the middle of a nautical kick ~ I couldn't help but turn this into framed art for our bathroom. I went to a local office store ~ asked they inlarge the image to poster size (I knew this would slightly distort the image), then framed it!  The cost to print was $25 ~ I had a 20% off coupon, which made it $20.  The frame was another thrift find for $10.

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  1. Michelle, I still have my old dictionary from 1949 when I entered college. It isn't very nice on the outside, faded blue. Do you want it? The one pictured here looks in good condition. Only you would think of such a clever idea. I'm going to see if mine has a page on "knots". Jane

    1. Hi, Grams! How fun that you have your college dictionary ~ of course I'd love to have it! You'll have to show it to me this summer ~ love you!


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