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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 9 (April 1, 1931)

Your Pictures and Photographs

Your Pictures and Photographs.

Sometimes you see in a magazine or folio a little water-colour or etching which fills you with delight—you think how much you would like to be able to have it looking down upon you from the walls of your room. Beautiful things should be seen constantly—not hidden away in books, and as “originals” are beyond the grasp of the ordinary person—we must make the best of prints. Naked walls are depressing and monotonous—whereas three or four pictures completely change the atmosphere of a room.

Then you have dozens of photographs of friends, families and scenes and often stored away among the “rubbish.” If so, buy a roll or two of “Passe Partout,” either black or gold. Measure the pictures carefully and cut an oblong exactly corresponding in fairly firm cardboard—then order your glass (the same measurement) from any picture shop. It is very cheap, and cut to any size you want; but remember that even one-eighth of an inch is important, if the result is to be neat. Place the picture or photograph between the cardboard and glass, and bind all three together with the “Passe Partout,” which is gummed on one side ready for use. A narrow edging is more effective than a wide one. You will be delighted with the simplicity, neatness and artistic appearance of even a cheap magazine print. Do not have the walls of your room positively crowded with pictures—each loses its appeal and destroys that of its neighbour. A picture must be seen, in every sense of the word, to be appreciated.