Friday, January 01, 2010

Aiken Fans Embrace Decca Decade

2010: It's CLAY TIME! - Graphic by Cotton

'Small Screen Fun' in Retrospect

Clay Nation Celebrates 2010

With the final strains of "Auld Lang Syne" still fading, Clay Aiken fans everywhere are celebrating the arrival of 2010 and the much-anticipated Decca Decade.

Ten-year welcome mats in place, Clay Nation residents replay past tours and performances at the drop of a hat. All week SueReu has been making this activity special with a series of retrospective montages. The first -- "The Music" -- was featured in the previous blog. She unveiled the second at an online New Year's Eve party.

Highlights from Clay's talk show appearances -- Small Screen Fun -- are featured in the second Retrospective montage, which even boasts a surprise ending.

You can view the montage in the player below or via the YouTube link. Downloads for "Retrospective, Part 2" are available in both Sendspace and MEGAUPLOAD files.

Clay Aiken, A Retrospective - Part 2, Small Screen Fun
Montage by SueReu

The third Retrospective montage is scheduled for completion on Saturday.

Vintage Cards Popular Collectibles

A few years ago, I read a blog about vintage postcards the writer had discovered among her family's keepsakes; and I became intrigued with this creative mode of communication. Today's designs are in step with the latest technology and are available for use in emails and online networking.

In the beginning, homemade, hand-delivered greeting cards were mostly used by the wealthy because they were too expensive for common people.

In the 1400's, Germany began producing "woodcut" New Year's greetings and Christmas cards. Originally intended for decoration, these crudely made cards were also traded among friends and family.

In the mid 1800's, Germany again led the way when artisans began mass producing greeting cards with the new printing methods. This new and improved technology, combined with more modern postal systems, created a new industry. Greeting cards were now more affordable and practical to send to loved ones.

Clickable vintage cards

The postcard was even cheaper to send and became wildly popular during the late 1890's to the 1920's.

A flurry of competition evolved as artists and publisher's flooded the market with colorful postcard designs. Landscapes, historic events, exhibitions, advertising, souvenirs, famous people were among the topics of postcards in the early 1900's.

Postcard albums became very popular as people wanted a place to display their collections. For additional history and samples, see
vintage greeting cards.

Look around your attic. You just may discover vintage card treasures from previous generations.

Below are clickables graphics by cindilu2 (1 and 3) and Cotton (2). Widescreen and no-date versions of the January 2010 calendar are available at the artist's Yuku page.

Happy New Year, all! Here's to the Decca Decade -- the Best is Yet To Come!!!



SueReu said...

Aren't those vintage cards cool?? I would love to have a whole room just papered with vintage cards - love the artwork!

and speaking of artwork - Cotton's Clay Aiken blend is wonderful! I am SOOOO looking forward to the Decca Decade!!!

Thanks for posting the Small Screen Fun video! They're fun to make (although I get a little overly engrossed in all that is Clay Aiken and come to a screeching stop because I have to watch every single clip, several times over LOL!!)

Hope your New Year's Day is lovely!

PaulaBear said...

Looking forward to the DECCA Decade and what Clay Aiken has in store for his fans!!


Thanks Caro.
I love that video of suereu ¡incredible!
... I can not understand everything he says in interviews. But I am happy to see Clay and hearing speak and laugh. It is enough for me.
I'm hoping all the good that will come to Clay Aiken with Decca this year

LoriF said...

Love the vintage cards Caro! I have quite a few of them collected from antique fairs etc that I use in my fibre art.
HUGE kudos as well to SueReu for that montage...I'm going looking for the previous one now. :-)


Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,
YES! Decca Decade is here :D Thanks for including SueRue's awesome video and the very lovely vintage cards. How I wish I can get hold of some to give to my daughter for her next birthday. She loves anything vintage and she's only 15...haha..
Thanks for a marvelous job again.


anaturegirl said...

Cotton's Blend is sure a keeper as is Sue's Retro montages as we look forward to Clay Aiken and the Decca Decade.

Thanks Caro for you blog. It is always a pleasure to come and see what you have for us each day.

katy said...

Here's another looking forward to the Decca Decade with Clay Aiken!!

MAE said...

WOW!! What a great blog!! So looking forward to Clay's new journey and ours with him! Absolutely love Sue's retro video, just wonderful! Loved the vintage cards and would love to see more! Love the clickable blends! Loved everything really!! Thanks and a very Happy New Year!!

Sandy said...

Having watched Sue's video and seeing Clay and Ruben together, I really think that a tour with both of them might just work. They are kind of like the Laurel and Hardy of today! I know a lot of fans don't share my scentiment but I am sure the entertainment value would be priceless! Of course I want Clay to headline it!

The vintage cards are beautiful. You know what they say, everything old becomes new again!

Have a great week Caro!



Cindy said...

Happy New Year, Caro!

The retrospective is fantastic! - my face is sore from grinning for 9 minutes straight. Great job, SueReu. I miss seeing Clay on my tv so much and can't wait to see what 2010 has in store.

Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,

I LOVE SurRue's montage, had to look at it tweice. Ruben and Clay are so funny together and so are Jimmy Kimmel and Clay.....just makes me miss seeing him on TV even more. Sure am looking forward to the "Decca Decade."

Thanks again for another amazing blog....


MissSally said...

Decca Decade...I'm so ready!

Happy New Year to you, Caro, and to your readers around the world.

LovesClaysVoice said...

Decca Decade with Clay Aiken! That has a great sound to it! I can't wait!! Loved Sue's video! Happy New Year Caro!!