HARTFORD -- Virgina Kemp's hunt for antique prints began several years ago when she and her husband bought a new house. The bare walls and their small budget had her hitting the flea market circuit, picking through dusty shelves at used bookstores, and discovered antique paper shows.
Eventually, she said she became obsessed with unusual old paper like:
- Industrial drawings and simple architectural engravings
- Antique astronomy charts
- Bold Art Nouveau motifs and vintage Art Deco wallpaper
- Woodblock textile pattern designs, and
- Mid century fashion sketches.