Desiderata by Max Ehrmann
Desiderata by Max Ehrmann
Desiderata by Max Ehrmann
Desiderata by Max Ehrmann
Desiderata by Max Ehrmann
Desiderata by Max Ehrmann
Desiderata by Max Ehrmann


by Max Ehrmann

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Each print might look a little different since each one is hand aged.


  • Handmade Item
  • Print Sizes: 8 x 10; 8.5 x 11; 11 x 14
  • Frame Sizes: 8 x 10; 11 x 13; 14 x 17 
  • Frame Material: Barnwood
  • Framed with glass
  • Made to order
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    Humor-ous Description: Display a piece of classic literature with its age and character intact. A unique addition to anyone’s den, office, study, foyer, billiard room, or ballroom. Or maybe you want it in the bathroom, and hey, who are we to judge? We could go on and on trying to combine complicated adjectives to motivate you to purchase our product, in fact we wish we could. But we can’t. We're too busy doing things like trying to age paper without it disintegrating in our hands, or getting our fingers stuck in the mechanism of a 71 year-old death-trap of a typewriter. (Wall behind print not included.)

    Humor-less Description: We’ve hand typed (by means of a 1947 Smith & Corona typewriter) the poem "Desiderata" by Max Ehrmann. It’s typed on paper we have personally aged through my own multi-staged process. It is then mounted in a barnwood frame. The pictures are taken without glass so you can see the detail, but be assured it will ship with glass installed!

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      Frame Styles
      • Unframed Print (Available in 8 x 10; 8.5 x 11; 11 x 14): Hand-typed aged print mounted on backing board in a protective plastic sleeve. (Shipped in a sturdy-mailer)
      • The Fitzgerald: Hand-typed aged print mounted in a minimalistic 8 x 10 rustic wood frame.
      • The Frost: Hand-typed aged print mounted in an 8 x 10 rustic wood frame surrounded by a hand-twisted copper wire tree. (Copper has patina finish).
      • The Hemingway: Hand-aged 11 x 14 print mounted in a minimalistic rustic wood frame. 
      • The Thoreau: Hand-typed aged 8.5 x 11 print suspended in between two sheets of glass and framed in minimalistic rustic wood. 
      • The Orwell: Hand-typed aged 8 x 10 print mounted in a beautiful multi-depth barnwood style frame. (11 x 13 total frame size.)
      • The Emerson: Hand-aged 11 x 14 print mounted in a beautiful multi-depth barnwood style frame. (14 x 17 total frame size.)
        Poem Text
        "Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
        and remember what peace there may be in silence.
        As far as possible, without surrender,
        be on good terms with all persons.
        Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
        and listen to others,
        even to the dull and the ignorant;
        they too have their story.
        Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
        they are vexatious to the spirit.
        If you compare yourself with others,
        you may become vain or bitter;
        for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
        Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

        Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
        it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
        Exercise caution in your business affairs,
        for the world is full of trickery.
        But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
        many persons strive for high ideals,
        and everywhere life is full of heroism.
        Be yourself.
        Especially do not feign affection.
        Neither be cynical about love;
        for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
        it is as perennial as the grass.

        Take kindly the counsel of the years,
        gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
        Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
        But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
        Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
        Beyond a wholesome discipline,
        be gentle with yourself.
        You are a child of the universe,
        no less than the trees and the stars;
        you have a right to be here.
        And whether or not it is clear to you,
        no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

        Therefore be at peace with God,
        whatever you conceive Him to be.
        And whatever your labors and aspirations,
        in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.
        With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
        it is still a beautiful world.
        Be cheerful.
        Strive to be happy."
        Additional Information

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