WingedWorld

Winged World

Oregon, United States · 1870 Sales

WingedWorld

Winged World

Oregon, United States 1870 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(547)

Announcement   I love to preserve obsolete library card catalog cards by turning them into pieces of art. Also check out my agate geode bookends section.

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Last updated on Mar 28, 2016

I love to preserve obsolete library card catalog cards by turning them into pieces of art. Also check out my agate geode bookends section.

Vickie Moore

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Vickie Moore

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Laura Thomas

Laura Thomas on Sep 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I could not be more pleased with my library card prints. They were perfect and looked identical to the pictures. They ship in a do not bend envelope so as to arrive in good condition. I can't wait to frame these and give them to my sister as she is expecting her first baby. (The 10 cards are definitely the way to go!! I will give a few away as additional birthday gifts etc. Everyone has a favorite book in the options).

Eboni Rafus

Eboni Rafus on Aug 31, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

We love our prints! We are using them as "table numbers" at our literary themed wedding. They are beautiful and just the right size.

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About

Turning library cards into art

When I was visiting a local library a few years ago, I noticed obsolete library card catalog cards being used as scratch paper, then tossed into garbage or recycling bins. Somehow it felt wrong to me that these little pieces of history were being tossed away. (As a little girl, I lived one block from a library and spent many a summer day there. I'm quite sure that I read every horse book on the shelves.)

I asked the librarians if I could have some of the cards, and they graciously let me pick some out from a single cardboard box they had in a back room. That was all they had left out of the thousands upon thousands of cards that used to be in the library.

I decided to start painting imagery on the cards inspired by the titles, subjects or authors listed on each card. When I posted some of the painted cards in my Etsy shop, sales took off. In today's fast-paced, digital world, I think people have a real sense of nostalgia for library card catalogs and library cards. Since then, I've shipped library card art to almost every state in America, as well as Canada, Europe and Australia.

I start each library card painting by sifting through my collection — which has now grown to a few thousand cards — and choosing one that inspires me that day. I then research imagery and select something that fits the card. I'm always careful not to paint over important words on the card, such as titles or author names. Sometimes I feel like painting a character on a card for a classic children's book, and sometimes I want to try something new and completely fresh.

Libraries, the way we read books and the world will continue to change, but a good book will always be priceless. My library card art is my way of showing how much I will always love books.

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  • Vickie Moore

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Library Card Hunter

  • Sydney

    Daughter Of Shop Owner, Shipping Helper, Inventory Manager

    My little daughter Sydney has so much entrepreneurial spirit and loves to help out with my Etsy shop.

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Last updated on March 16, 2016
Welcome to Winged World, a place to find library card art, agate bookends and vintage items.

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This shop accepts PayPal and credit cards.
Shipping
Read item description for shipping details. Library card art ships in protective cardboard photo mailers via U.S. Postal Service First Class Mail. Agate bookends ship carefully wrapped in bubble wrap via U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are unhappy for any reason, please contact the shop owner. Library card art lost or damaged in the mail will be replaced free of charge. I have a more than 99% success rate in packages arriving at their destination in great shape nationally and internationally.