Friday, March 20, 2009

Birdcage Deja Vu....

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This birdcage sits on top of the TV armoire in our living room. It may look familiar to you....


...because I showed you photos of it last year...


... when I found it (along with these two vintage frames) while junktiquing in New Hampshire.


The cage is flanked by the reproduction Staffordshire dogs that I got for Amanda last year...


They seem quite happy to be protecting it (although from what, I don't know!)


(mid 1950's... Nana lifting up my sister so she could see Pete the parakeet in his cage)


If you've ever read some of my older posts, you know I love vintage children's books... So you can imagine how excited I was when I happened across this copyright 1954 "Parakeet Peter" book (with the 29 cent price stamped on the front cover!)


It's just perfect! (This is exactly how my mom, sister, and I would hold our Pete's while teaching them to talk)...


We had a ladder and bell just like the ones pictured here...


And a few posts ago, I showed you a photo of my Nana's Pete with his bowl of water sitting in front of his cage, just like in this picture... Deja vu indeed!


Yup... We even had a mirror for our Pete...


Such sweet memories this book brought back!!!
Donna

30 comments:

Forever Vintage said...

Thats is so neat that you found that book! Thanks for showing some of the pics..I love the vintage drawings.

Libby Buttons said...

Love your cage and those sweet vintage illustrations. Thanks for your prayers and words of encouragement.
smiles
LiBBy

Joanne Kennedy said...

Oh Donna, where did you find that darling book? It is PERFECT for you.

Yes I love your bird cage but girl what is that beautiful bird house I see in that photo! My my, I'm going to have to come shopping in your house for sure!

I finally got my bird cage garden planted today. It will be on my blog in the morning.

Hugs,
Joanne

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

Love vintage children's storybooks. The pictures alone told the story well, almost as if no words were needed. I always look for them at the antique stores. Great post!

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

A New England Life said...

Thanks for the idea Donna! I was wondering what I would do with a birdcage if I bought one, and you just showed me!

As a child that is a book I would have loved. So sweet and colorful, and won't it go perfectly sitting next to your birdcage : )

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

I love vintage books too. Isn't it exciting when you find such a special book!? I found one for my sister a couple of years back and I was so giddy over it you would have thought I won the lottery.
Awesome post!

Lisa said...

I LOVE HOW YOUR NANA USED HER CLOSET TO DISPLAY HER DISHES, ETC...

SEE, THOSE WISE, WONDERFUL WOMEN TAUGHT US SO MUCH DIDN'T THEY.

HUGS FROM MAINE

Kathleen said...

I love the book...I so enjoyed seeing the pictures. The birdcage looks perfect between the two dog figurines. Kathleen

Roses and Lilacs said...

Reminds me of our parakeet when I was a kid. Patty Boone was her name. Thanks for the reminder, I hadn't thought of her in years.
Marnie

A Stitch In Thyme said...

Donna, not only do I love your bird cages, but I love your home. So clean and crisp. Everything about that corner says "i'm here for the birdcage" Love it.

Shabby Chick said...

That cage looks perfect there! And the book - wow - obviously not just you that knew Pete was THE name for a parakeet!

I've popped a picture on my blog of a birdcage that I have in case you fancy a look :)

By the way I just had a peek at your giveaway post and I can't get over how many people entered!!!

Mel xxx

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

I love your corner! So cozy and restful looking.
Brenda

Joy said...

what cute birdcage and I love that vintage childrens book too.

Mary Ellen said...

LOVE that book Donna. The illustrations bring back so many memories. I love the pictures of your Nana she's always smiling.

You have some great ideas for these cages. And those cages are very fancy for those days. You have a good eye.

Thanks for the fun visit.

Margaret Cloud said...

I just love your post, it is so well done. I like that book, I like vintage children books also, any real old book will do. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post, have a great weekend.

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

The illustrations in these precious books you have purchased are so charming.

J.G. said...

Oh my goodness! I had that book when I was little. We never had a parakeet but I knew all about them from the lovely pictures.

Thank you so much for sharing them. Lucky you to have the original ones to enjoy.

Anne Marie said...

what an absolutely adorable post!
I think you should reconsider your blog name ;)
C'mon over and have a cup of coffee at my favorite spot....

Stephanie said...

Love the birdcage and the cabinet it sits on!! This is the 3rd bird cage I've seen (in blogland) just in the last 15 minutes. I'm hooked!! I MUST have one!!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Pink Saturday and have a great first weekend of Spring ~ Susan

French Cupboard said...

I was so excited about a year ago when I found two of my childhood favorite books at a resale place. I actually have them on my desk. :) Blessings... POlly

KatCollects said...

Very cute book. I just found a vintage Peter Rabbit one yesterday, love it.
Kathy

Patricia said...

This is such a lovely post. Your bird cage is lovely. Happy Pink Saturday and have a wonderful new week.

someplace in thyme said...

I remember having 2 parakeets as a child, they were a delight, your post is wonderfun, Happy Pink Saturday, Char

TattingChic said...

What a beautiful birdcage! It looks perfect up on top of that cabinet! :)

Joy @the Vintage Rabbit said...

How sweet I ove this post about birds!!


Smiles, Joy~

Chatelaine said...

I love old children's books, they are so sweet. How wonderful for you to find one about Pete the Parakeet.

Love your birdcage too. I just bought one yesterday in Concord.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I also love vintage children's books, and this one is so charming! How perfect that you found a book about "Pete"! laurie

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

The birdcage is beautiful and what a sweet memory you have with that photo of yours :-)

Happy birthday to your daughter. You must be really excited.

Kc W said...

Oh what wonderful memories and what wonderful pictures. We always had a Pete, too and they always loved their bowl of water. Love the picture of your grandmother and your sister -- mostly I love that wallpaper and remember it well!