A True Victorian Story – Part III

Meet my great-grandparents Nils Olsen Bakke and Helga Oline Severine Bakke (born Seljeset) from Hornindal, Norway:

Wings of Whimsy: Nils & Helga Bakke 1898, Hornindal, Norway - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #photoMy great-grandfather Nils was born in 1872 and lived until 1954. My great-grandmother Helga was born in 1879 and lived until 1966, almost long enough for me to meet her (I was born in 1970). They were married in 1898 when she was 19 years old, and she is wearing a traditional wedding costume from Norway. I wore the same costume myself, when I was married in 1997 😀

Ingeborg, Lars, Rasmus and Lise, who I have told you about in the first 2 parts of this series, were siblings of Nils. Since Nils was the oldest boy, he was destined to take over the Bakke farm. The situation in Norway improved somewhat in the early 19th century, but I believe my ancestors were very hard working people. They had 9 children, and this photo is taken around 1912 with the 6 children they had by then:

Wings of Whimsy: Family at Bakke, Hornindal, Norway - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #photo

My grandfather is the handsome looking lad next to his father 🙂

Nils and Helga’s wedding photo has been with me all life and up on my walls as long as I can remember. The other photo I just recently found, and I think it is absolutely precious, and plan to frame it as well. I don’t mind the scratches and bleakness of it, it is just a reminder that we bear the history with us! They are posing for the photographer on the same grass that I played on growing up 🙂

And maybe you would like to use my pictures for crafting too? I know I will, if I ever get around to the projects I’m dreaming of…:.-D

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A True Victorian Story – with a mystery attached – Part II

I present Lise Olson Bakke to you today:

Wings of Whimsy: Lise Reed Ca 1890 - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #photo

Lise was Ingeborg’s older sister, also my grandfathers paternal aunt, born on the Bakke farm (where I’m from) in 1859 in Hornindal, Norway. She emigrated to the US in 1888, and settled on the Reed/Read farm in Ferryville, Wisconsin. This is the picture she sent home to her family. She also visited the folks back home in 1914 with her son Peder Reed (born 1894), I know this from passenger manifests of the steamboat from Bergen.

For Lise there was a life in far better circumstances in the US, than the starvation and poverty at home. Her coming back to visit is a certain proof of it, only the most fortunate were able to do so!

I love this cabinet card, with the elaborate details and die cut edge. I hope you can use my Lise for some fun crafting project, enjoying that you know a little about her too!

Today’s mystery:

I have searched for Lise and her family, without luck. I believe her husband was named Reed/Read, possibly he was also Norwegian (Reed could be a  Norwegian name from one of our nighbour towns). The only Lise I have found so far that might match my grandfather’s aunt would be Lise Olena Olson in Tacoma Pierce, Washington. That also matches the name of the photographer on her picture. I thought Washington and Wisconsin are two different states…? And if this is indeed my Lise, why did she go by the name Olson? Did she at some point re-marry? Or did she for some reason start using her fathers name (Ola=Olson) to simplify the Reed name? I also have no clue to what the first name of her husband was, if she had more children, and if there are living relatives after her… so all you helpful genealogy-peeps out there: please do your magic and see if you can find any more clues for me?

I also have to say that I am absolutely, utterly stunned with the response I had from you on part I of this mystery!!! Already after 1 day, I have traced Ingeborg’s big family “over there” and written several of them on facebook! I’m just now waiting, keeping my fingers crossed for positive answers, and I will of course keep you posted 🙂

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A True Victorian Story – with a mystery attached – Part I

I present Ingeborg Olsen Bakke Brynestad to you today:

Wings of Whimsy: Ingeborg Brynestad Ca 1895 - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #photo

She was my grandfathers paternal aunt, born on the Bakke farm (where I’m from) in 1869 in Hornindal, Norway. She emigrated to the US in 1893, and settled in Minnesota. This is the picture she sent home to her family shortly after, so around 1895. 

The late 1800s were hard times in rural Norway. Crops failed and people were starving. The homes were crowded, most families had many children (Ingeborg had 7 siblings) and making a living other than farming was very difficult. While the farmers had previously hired help, thus provided work for other non-farmes, they were now forced to cut back and stop hiring. So if you were not the oldest boy in a family and taking over the farm, or if you were a girl unable to marry a farmer, you were running out of options. Some decided to move to the cities, but mainly this meant finding a living, but only to cope in poverty. Some brave frontierers decided to try America, and they found acres and acres of land, cheap and waiting for hard working people to farm it.

Of course their letters home about the “Golden country” were very promising to those with no prospects at home. For a period of approx 30 years, numerous Norwegians emigrated and settled all over USA and Canada, although a majority can be found in Minnesota and the Dakotas. Today the American Norwegians in USA count around 5 million people, a population equally big as the population of Norway itself! It also means that the American Norwegians are the 10th largest immigrant group in the US.

Look at the hat and all the details of her dress! I think she was very beautiful! She looks a little sad in the picture, maybe she missed her loved ones back home, she never got to see them again. I hope you can use my Ingeborg for some fun crafting project, enjoying that you know a little about her too!

Now for the mystery: I’m working on a genealogy site to trace family members and share these old pictures, and I’m trying to find living relatives of Ingeborg. Ingeborg died in 1919 and her husband Edwin Brynestad (also Norwegian) died in 1931. I belive they had (at least) 3 children: Esther(1901), Helen(1903) and Oscar(1906). Places like Ellendale, Owatonna, Albert Lea, Minneapolis keep coming up when I try to research this… I believe they are all part of Steele County, Minnesota? If I had access to US registers, I’m sure tracing them all and also finding living relatives would be easy, but I don’t…. so I’d love to get help from anyone from Steele County, Minnesota, or from anyone interested in genealogy with access to US registers 🙂

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Hippity Hoppity – Easter Poll

I have a poll for you today!

I have noticed that the response and interest of my posts vary quite a bit. Here is first a brief recap on what types of posts you might expect to find on Wings of Whimsy:

  • High quality ephemera – with free downloads
  • DIY projects – with instructions and free downloads
  • Links to other sites with similar content
  • Presentation of Victorian and Edwardian artists (occasionally)

In addition to the above topics, I also now how to use various online apps that may come in handy for all the digital image-collectors out there, and I know how to use digital software such as Photoshop and Indesign. I am considering creating a few tutorials sharing some of the tips and tricks that could be helpful for other digital artists, and here is my question for you:

Please let me know what you prefer by voting in the poll. Comments below are also appreciated 🙂

Take a look at one of my Eadweard Muybridge animations, while you consider your answer 🙂

Wings of Whimsy: Undressing Victorian Ladies - free for personal use #vintage #victorian #muybridge

Click HERE to see the original post with this animation, there are a few more animated GIF-files around the same time 😀

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Vintage Easter Bunny Tags – free printables

My next set of Easter tags features darling Vintage Bunnies 🙂 I know there has been a lot of tags lately, but I’ve been saving up ideas, I hope you are still in the mood for more…:

Wings of Whimsy: Vintag Easter Bunnies Tags -  free for personal use #vintage #easter #ephemera #freebie #printable #easter

Again, no Easter greeting on these, but you can use my round badge like I suggested yesterday: Print a sheet of round badges “A Joyful Easter” from my earlier post, and tie a badge together with the tag with ribbon or string 🙂

Wings of Whimsy: A Joyful Easter - free for personal use #vintage #easter #ephemera #freebie #printable #easter

This is how I make most of my tags, you are of course free to make them in any way you prefer:

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Print on matte photo paper (or white cardstock)
  • Glue the printed sheet of tags to thin cardboard, cereal boxes is my favorite thickness
  • Use mod podge, or spray glue for super-fast crafting
  • When the glue is dry, cut out the tags.
  • Sand the edges with a little sandpaper, or stain them with ink if you prefer a more worn look
  • Tie some nice ribbon, lace or bakers twine to hang.
  • (Optional: embellish with glitter, tinsel, ribbon, buttons, etc…)
  • Hang, and TA-DAH: Vintage Easter Cuteness 😀

Here are the individual low resolution tags:

Wings of Whimsy: Vintag Easter Bunny Tag - Set of 6 different ones -  free for personal use #vintage #easter #ephemera #freebie #printable #easterWings of Whimsy: Vintag Easter Bunny Tag - Set of 6 different ones -  free for personal use #vintage #easter #ephemera #freebie #printable #easter Wings of Whimsy: Vintag Easter Bunny Tag - Set of 6 different ones -  free for personal use #vintage #easter #ephemera #freebie #printable #easter Wings of Whimsy: Vintag Easter Bunny Tag - Set of 6 different ones -  free for personal use #vintage #easter #ephemera #freebie #printable #easter Wings of Whimsy: Vintag Easter Bunny Tag - Set of 6 different ones -  free for personal use #vintage #easter #ephemera #freebie #printable #easter Wings of Whimsy: Vintag Easter Bunny Tag - Set of 6 different ones -  free for personal use #vintage #easter #ephemera #freebie #printable #easter

Go to the folder below to download high quality collage sheets, and to check out the Easter graphics I have posted earlier:

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These files are free for your personal use and enjoyment 🙂 

The individual tags as high resolution PNG-files (transparent background) are available in the Exclusive folder for all registered followers. If you are a registered follower and don’t know (or remember) how to access the Exclusive folder, please post a comment below and I’ll get back to you asap 🙂

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I have used the following sources for these designs:

Gift Tags Template – Lilac & Lavender

Musical Easter Bunniy Scraps – Wings of Whimsy

Easter Bunny with Red Flowers – J. Rae’s Shabby Cottage

Easter Bunny with Hat Box – Grusskarten

Easter Bunny with Pussywillows – New Public Affairs

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