UPPERCASE’s Favorite Vintage Things

Mar 12, 2009 by

Janine from UPPERCASE Gallery never ceases to amaze me with her creative projects (including a new magazine on the way!), intriguing curated exhibits, and of course, her fantastic taste in vintage treasures. While she has an enviable collection of drool-worthy vintage typewriters on display at UPPERCASE, today she shares with us a space in her lovely home that showcases some of her favorite vintage things.


I have many favourite vintage things (many of which are typewriters, typewriter memorabilia and paper ephemera). Most of my typewriters are actually on display in UPPERCASE, but at home the one vintage thing that makes the biggest impact in my small house is this classroom map of Canada from 1962. My husband Glen bought it in a small town in British Columbia when we were on a road trip together. We lounge on the couch and look up at the map and think of places we’ve been or plan future trips. I’ll sometimes quiz Glen about where a particular lake, river or town is located and he’s nearly always right.


The dark wooden chest, dating back to the early 1900s, was given to me by my grandfather and is lined with old patterned paper and smells terribly of moth balls when opened. The red table is not vintage at all, but a lucky garage sale find from down the street ($4!).

Hanging non-traditional artwork that has meaning to you is such a wonderful way to decorate your home.  Thank you Janine for giving us a lovely peek into your home — as well as inspiring us to dream of road trips via vintage maps to come!

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  1. Oh I know – they have such great stuff – LOVE the map!

  2. Oh, I have a world map like that! I still haven’t found a good place for it, but now I’m inspired.

  3. Becca

    i love uppercase! i think i may just hang up an old map in my bare living room now…

  4. that map is great. i love all of the colors.

  5. The map is wonderful and of a great vintage but the fact that it is a map of Canada , even better. I love my country so much. I have visited every province except Newfoundland ( on my list) but I have yet to venture up north to the Yukon ( my husband did the Nahanni River in a canoe) , the Northwest territories or Nunavik ( my daughter will be conducting research there this summer).

  6. I think that is an interesting point, it made me think a bit. Thanks for sparking my thinking cap. Sometimes I get so much in a rut that I just feel like a record.

  7. Thanks for sharing this helpful info!

  8. I love your blog too much. Keep working on it.

  9. It’s amazing how much you can see of a person by looking at things they love.

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