Assorted Decorative Gouache Fireside Studios "Practice Boards" 1935, Your Choice

Regular price $14.00


I bought a bunch of these together--there are a few I am listing individually, but here's a handful together, sold individually, your choice--please just enter a note at checkout with the letter of the one or ones you would like. (Letters are noted in upper left corner of each. +  please note, I will refund you overage paid on shipping if you've purchased more than one.)

 A little digging reveals that "Fireside Studios"--the maker of these "practice boards--was a division of Fireside Industries, Adrian, Michigan, which sold and promoted all manner of decorative projects targeted to women at home. With these practice boards, one was to complete decorative painting exercises in advance of applying them to objects, and could send their work to the company,  presumably for approval or feedback, and maybe then to receive the next exercise in the mail!  Our Meredith Seckins of Portland, Maine, who did these in 1935, seems to have been a model student, and I think they stand now as quite lovely things! 

Gouache on cardboard, 10 3/8" x 7 5/8". All in overall good condition. Most have a few small dark marks to the surface of the paint, likely from the ink on the back of an adjacent board upon which it was stacked; minor. On a few there is also some spotting to the surface of the board toward the bottom edge, also pretty minor.