I browsed through 1800 Woodcuts By Thomas Bewick And His School, a Dover publication with facsimiles of images that had originally been made in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the "Animals" section I encountered an image entitled "The Roe-Buck" and thus my theme was decided. My husband was from a Sears(once called Sears Roebuck) family - his dad and other relatives worked in various capacities for that company, and one of his dad's employees became a close family friend.
And alas, because of the family connection, my husband had recently read several online articles that reported on the continuing decline of this once-thriving business. It's not been pretty reading by any means.
Besides making a copy of the "roebuck" image, I had a 1947 Sears catalog that I made a photocopy from as well (don't recall where the catalog had come from). And here's how the birthday card turned out:
- white card stock
- "Sears" photocopied from 1947 Sears catalog
- "The Roe-Buck" image photocopied from aforementioned Dover book
- "and" and "happy" stamped onto vintage flashcard pieces
- "say" and "day" cut from vintage children's dictionaries
- "birth" and exclamation point stamped directly onto card
- "JAN 25 2014" stamped onto vintage flashcard piece