Blog » December 2010

Reflections from our President

“In the world according to Garp, we are obliged to remember everything.”

                                                          John Irving

Recently, a television news magazine devoted time to the phenomenon of people who remember in detail every moment of every day of their lengthening lives.* The gaggle of medical researchers, psychological probers, and curiosity seekers circling around these woebegone souls was enough to make me thankful, perhaps for the first time, that there are some things I can forget. But I am more thankful for the things I remember, and for the honor we are able to grant others and ourselves when we remember, if only for a time, what we have been through, alone and together.

We were given this year, finally, the full autobiography of the great Mark Twain. Is it possible for someone so well-known and so thoroughly woven into the fabric of our culture to be underappreciated? Reading this book makes me think so. I recall that Twain was the one who framed the inarguable truth, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” And this is why, on this morning of this waning year, it is apt that we reflect on what we have seen and what it might mean.


Happy Customer

We had a wonderful finish to the year with all of our Christmas orders that came in. With that in mind we wanted to share a few thoughts from a customer reflecting on their experience with our company and product. We are truly thankful for our customers, especially when we receive feedback like this! Enjoy.

I recieved the photo yesterday. The frame is very nice and the picture looks great. Even for being over 40 years old, you can still make out some of the details. There is a Moline combine parked in the barn that I did not see when we previewed the picture. My dad has spoke about having that combine when he was young but we never had any pictures of it. I think the purchase process went well and is easy. I enjoyed being able to preview the picture and seeing some of the neighbors farms as we flipped through to find ours. I am excited to give it to my parents for Christmas. I would definitely recommend this to my friends and family. Thanks, —Brad Johnson

(To read the story & see the photo go to our Featured Stories Page. )


Follow @VintageStories

Take a look at the new Twitter account, @VintageStories. Follow this account to be updated as new customers leave their family memories on our site! (For other ways to find us on the web check out our Facebook & Twitter pages.)


Coffee & Pictures Help Create Stories

Here at VA we are all about listening to stories and telling ours. Recently we saw the campaign Starbucks was running as part of their holiday promotion this year. If you visit their themed website you have a chance to create and share a holiday wish or story.

We know that feeling of a great story shared between family and friends very well. In the case of Starbucks, a cup of coffee and a friend create a great environment for story sharing.


Flat Daddies in Parade

This past week we found an exciting article in the Thanksgiving Weekend issue of Parade Magazine. Parade ran a nice article about a project called “Flat Daddies” that prints posters of parents who are actively serving overseas in the military. We were so thrilled to see the covereage for Flat Daddies. While we like to brag about their mission, we also love their methods.