Good golly, Miss Molly!

8 Feb

Yay – today, Molly turns 29 again!  Molly is my travel buddy – we’ve seen and done lots and lots of fun things together over the years.  In 1999, we went to France with our friend, Mark.   In Paris, we trekked ourselves out to one of my favorite French flea markets, the Marche aux Puces, and discovered this great little poster shop — www.poster-paul.com  At the time, Molly and I were living in condos next door to one another and we were looking for unique little finds to spruce up the communal hallway.  We found some beautiful, original lithographs of vintage French advertising which we fell in love with. We settled on the one here (which is a 1907 Cappiello)  for the hallway which cost a pretty penny but was worth every cent because the color is really vibrant and coordinates perfectly with our latte walls.

Poster Paul rolled this and another lithograph Molly bought for her condo into a tube for us to carry back to Boston.  As we were filling out our customs paperwork on the flight back to Boston, it occurred to us that the customs officers might be looking to charge a levy on all the stash we were bringing back.  We went a bit shopping crazy on this trip and most of it was pretty easy to shove into a suitcase but a six-foot-long poster tube is a little difficult to hide. 

We disembarked, collected our bags and the tube and headed, with sweaty palms, toward the customs clearance area.  Being the good and loyal friend that I am, I shoved the tube in Molly’s hands (she packs lighter than I do…) and I sailed on through.  With the poster tube strapped onto her back, Molly made it through as well but not without heart palpitations and a dirty look thrown my way.  Luckily, in spite of some potential long-term heart damage, Molly forgave me and we have a good laugh about it every time the topic of the poster comes up.

I was back in 2007 to visit Paul’s poster shop in Paris and I bought another, really cool vintage Lipton Tea advertising lithograph for my place here in Dublin — but this time, I had it shipped.  Happy Birthday, Molly!

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5 Responses to “Good golly, Miss Molly!”

  1. Christiana Childers February 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    Happy birthday Molly!!

  2. mollyg February 9, 2011 at 4:23 am #

    Ha! I seem to recall that I was on my own/thrown under the bus/dissed from the moment the customs forms were being completed! :) thanks for reminding me of the fun times! :) xo, m

    PS. thanks for the bday wishes both amy and christiana!!

    • amyswear February 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

      ah, but it all worked out fine! :-)

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