I have long been a collector of both vintage Christmas and vintage papers so having a "thing" for vintage Christmas wrapping papers is sort of a no-brainer. I love to collect and use vintage wrapping paper, but, to use it, I like to have a lot of it. That is why, for the life of me, I have no idea why I found an entire industrial sized roll of the above paper a couple of years ago and sold all but a couple of yards in one lot on eBay. I probably only made $20 - $30 on the deal, but, could have kept it for a lifetime supply of this vintage goodness above!
Several years ago, when Martha Stewart first began licensing designs to KMart, her designs were mostly vintage-inspired. Although not typically a K-Mart shopper, I somehow learned of the Christmas line so stopped in to check it out. The earliest lots included wonderful heavy papers in amazing designs like this one! The background is actually silver and the slightly off-set printing makes it look like it walked right off the shelves from 1948! I wish I had bought every roll of this I could find. I love it, and, have a wee bit left (I hope my brother appreciates it as I used some precious pieces for his gifts this year). I scour eBay in the hopes that someone will have some stashed away but no luck so far. If you know of a stash, drop me a line.
And lest you think I am kidding about hoarding the stuff, here is a roll of one of the original designs I still have in the shrink wrap from 2002. Yes, I'm a weirdo I know.
I believe this is an American Greetings design from last year or the year before. Not only does it have a great vintage look, but, it is a wonderful oversize length and the warm red and yellowish ivory ground make your gifts look like they are wrapped in an Icelandic sweater.
Although a modern design, this Martha Stewart Everyday paper from a couple of years back is truly a masterful design. I love the abstracted pine needles and berries, and believe the quality if design is a nod to similar designs of the 1950's. In fact, although I love the colors, this would also work quite well as a two-color design.
I am happy to say that all my wrapping is done and now it is time to deliver gifts to the recipients, my favorite part! "Wrap your presents to your darling from you....pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue..."