Thursday, 15 December 2016

Ephemera -- Prayer Cards

I order a steady supply of weird things from eBay.  Last year that included a packet of 25 or so sepia-colored vintage prayer cards.  They're small, about 3x4", and these date from the middle 1900's.  I'm collaging (desecrating?) them with some anatomical cuttings and other scraps, for a little book project I have in mind.  The cards are a centuries-old tradition in the Catholic Church.  They typically show a religious image on the front with a verse or prayer on the reverse, and are used to commemorate special moments (First Communion, Confirmation, funerals, etc.).  Many of them are quite beautiful.


  1. Oh we had many cards like this! (I'm from a big catholic family) ... I love how you've turned them on!

  2. Whoa! I have altered photographs (mostly cabinet card photos from the late 1800s-early 1900s) but this is a FABULOUS idea Lynn!! I also collect these religious cards which are plentiful at antique malls and flea markets but they are just sitting in a box at the moment. Thanks for the idea.