National Park Quilts

iVintageImages – New Website

June 3rd, 2015

Olde America Antiques and American Quilt Blocks have combined to form a new business: iVintageImages.

You are invited to visit this new web site. We offer more than 3,000 digital images and designs as downloads for a flat fee for customers to print on their personal printer. The images can be printed on paper or cloth. Make your own personal greeting cards, quilt blocks, prints for scrapbooking, fine art prints for home and office decor, and various other craft projects. Let Susan and Jack know if you have requests for specific images or categories. They have an extensive collection to choose from. They will be adding new images to the site as time permits.

Olde America Antiques (OAA) was established by Susan and Jack Davis in 1988 as an antique business specializing in vintage postcards and paper ephemera. They opened a store in Bozeman, Montana, in 1990, the only store of its kind between Minneapolis and Spokane. Susan and Jack produced and hosted a National Park Antiques and Postcard Show at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in Bozeman. This was the only national park-related antique show in the country. This national park antiques show was held annually for 6 years from 1993 and 1998. The show was very successful, but was discontinued because the internet was adversely affecting antique and collectible shows at that time. Olde America Antiques closed its shop in 2000, but continued selling collectible postcards and greeting cards to national parks. These cards were discontinued in 2005 because the paper stock was no longer available.

American Quilt Blocks (AQB) was established by Susan and Jack in 2004. This was one of the first companies to develop genuine 8-color giclee prints on cloth for quilters. AQB operated until July 2018, when the business was discontinued due to technical issues with the large-format printers. It is estimated that AQB produced more than 600,000 quilt blocks in 14 years. The quilt blocks were sold in 30 national parks and quilt shops throughout the country and around the world. Susan and Jack decided to take their business in a new direction when they could no longer print on cloth. They started iVintageImages in the fall of 2018.

iVintageImages was established so customers could download and print the images of their choice for a flat fee. iVintageImages currently has more than 2,500 ready-to-print images to choose from. More images, and categories, will added to the web site each week as time permits. Current categories include National Parks and Monuments, 50 States, and Topics A to Z. The site also contains custom designs created by Susan Davis. See the About Us page for more biographical information.

The image files on this site can be printed on cloth and on paper. Customers can create their own quilt blocks, greeting cards, home decor prints, and prints for scrapbooking. The image files have all been professionally adjusted for high quality reproduction. Links on “How to Print on Fabric” and “How to Make your own Greeting Cards” are posted under INFO – F.A.Q.

Let us know if you have any requests. We have an extensive collection of images in our collection and may be able to accommodate your requests.

We are a small business founded on quality and personal service and will be happy to assist you however we can.

Thank you,

Susan and Jack Davis

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Susan Davis – Designer

June 3rd, 2015

Susan Davis, owner of Olde America Antiques and American Quilt Blocks, has designed a series of quilt blocks for the national parks and the National Park Service. These are the first and only quilt blocks designed specifically for the National Park Service. These original quilt blocks are new to the quilting hobby and are based on traditional “Star” quilt patterns. Each quilt block is unique with a distinct color combination, the name of the park, the year the park was established, and a coordinating border to enhance the overall design. The American Arts and Crafts movement, circa 1897 through the 1920s, was an important influence of the style of these designs.

Susan has a background in design and was a founding member of the Montana Historic Quilt Project in 1987. Susan and her husband, Jack, founded Olde America Antiques in 1988, with a focus on antique postcards and ephemera. This business morphed into American Quilt Blocks, a fine art printing company that specializes in printing on cloth, with an emphasis on national parks. Susan wanted to reproduce images on cloth for quilters for years, but the technology for 8-color printing on cloth was not developed until 2005. Susan and Jack were among the first to produce genuine 8-color giclee prints on cloth.

Susan and Jack no longer print on cloth. They discontinued this service in 2018 due to technical issues with their printers. They offer digital image files for customers to download for a flat fee and print on their personal printers. This new web site is iVintageImages. You are welcome to visit this web site and purchase image files for your personal use. There are more than 3,000 images and designs to choose from.

About National Park Quilts

June 3rd, 2015

National Park Quilts specializes in historic images of national parks and monuments. The antique images are from the collection of Susan and Jack Davis.

National Park Quilts was established as a separate web site to compliment iVintageImages.

Olde America Antiques and American Quilt Blocks have combined to form a new business: iVintageImages.

Olde America Antiques (OAA) was established by Susan and Jack Davis in 1988 as an antique business specializing in vintage postcards and paper ephemera. They opened a store in Bozeman, Montana, in 1990, the only store of its kind between Minneapolis and Spokane. Susan and Jack produced and hosted a National Park Antiques and Postcard Show at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in Bozeman. This was the only national park-related antique show in the country. This national park antiques show was held annually for 6 years from 1993 and 1998. The show was very successful, but was discontinued because the internet was adversely affecting antique and collectible shows at that time. Olde America Antiques closed its shop in 2000, but continued selling collectible postcards and greeting cards to national parks. These cards were discontinued in 2005 because the paper stock was no longer available.

American Quilt Blocks (AQB) was established by Susan and Jack in 2004. This was one of the first companies to develop genuine 8-color giclee prints on cloth for quilters. AQB operated until July 2018, when the business was discontinued due to technical issues with the large-format printers. It is estimated that AQB produced more than 600,000 quilt blocks in 14 years. The quilt blocks were sold in 30 national parks and quilt shops throughout the country and around the world. Susan and Jack decided to take their business in a new direction when they could no longer print on cloth. They started iVintageImages in the fall of 2018.

iVintageImages was established so customers could download and print the images of their choice for a flat fee. iVintageImages currently has more than 2,500 ready-to-print images to choose from. More images, and categories, will added to the web site each week as time permits. Current categories include National Parks and Monuments, 50 States, and Topics A to Z. The site also contains custom designs created by Susan Davis. See the About Us page for more biographical information.

The image files on this site can be printed on cloth and on paper. Customers can create their own quilt blocks, greeting cards, home decor prints, and prints for scrapbooking. The image files have all been professionally adjusted for high quality reproduction. Links on “How to Print on Fabric” and “How to Make your own Greeting Cards” are posted under INFO – F.A.Q.

Let us know if you have any requests. We have an extensive collection of images in our collection and may be able to accommodate your requests.

We are a small business founded on quality and personal service and will be happy to assist you however we can.

Thank you,

Susan and Jack Davis

A Brief History of Postcards

June 1st, 2015

Many of the quilt blocks we produce are reproductions of vintage postcards. These postcards date circa 1898 through the 1930s. Susan and I were antique postcard collectors and dealers and accumulated an extensive collection of early postcards over the years, with a focus on the national parks. Yellowstone National Park was the main subject matter of our collecting in the beginning, but our interests soon included all national parks. We are experts on national park postcards and our personal collection of more than 10,000 Yellowstone National Park postcards is part of the archives of the Heritage and Research Center in Gardiner, Montana. This article will discuss the history of postcards. We will be writing more articles about national park images and collectibles as time permits. Please let us know if there are any specific topics you would like for us to address.

The history of postcards is closely associated with the history of printing, and the history of the postal system. We will discuss these two subjects and how they relate to the production of postcards in general. In the next article in this series we will go into a more comprehensive discussion of national park postcards in particular.

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History of the National Park Service

June 3rd, 2015

National Park Service Centennial 1916 – 2016

The National Park Service was established The Organic Act on August 25, 1916. The Organic Act states that the purpose of the National Park Service is “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

The new National Park Service authorized the use of motorized transportation in the national parks. Prior to that horse-drawn transportation was the main form of transportation in the national parks. Prior to 1916 the tourists who visited the national parks were primarily wealthy travelers who were referred to as “The Carriage Class.” They traveled to the national parks on the railways and toured the parks in buggies and stagecoaches.

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The Organic Act

June 3rd, 2015

By the Act of March 1, 1872, Congress established Yellowstone National Park in the Territories of Montana and Wyoming “as a public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people” and placed it “under exclusive control of the Secretary of the Interior.” The founding of Yellowstone National Park began a worldwide national park movement. Today more than 100 nations contain some 1,200 national parks or equivalent preserves.

In the years following the establishment of Yellowstone, the United States authorized additional national parks and monuments, many of them carved from the federal lands of the West. These, also, were administered by the Department of the Interior, while other monuments and natural and historical areas were administered by the War Department and the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture. No single agency provided unified management of the varied federal parklands.

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