Category Archives: old illustrations

The Waite-Smith Tarot Card Deck

This set of cards was designed in 1909 by the great authority on the Tarot and revered mystic Arthur Edward Waite with the help of artist Pamela Coleman Smith. The two met at a meeting of The Hermetic Order of … Continue reading

Posted in old illustrations | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

German Art Nouveau… Jugendstil from ‘Der Moderne Stil’

Imagine my delight when a friend asked me if I wanted a box of old German books and in it was  ‘Der Moderne Stil’ published by Von Julius Hoffman Jr. in Stuttgart, Germany. The book was full of  pictures of modern … Continue reading

Posted in old illustrations | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Celebrating Diversity with Representative Types

There is beauty in diversity, beauty in patterns and beauty in old dictionary illustrations!

Posted in old illustrations | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Pictorial Cyclopedia of Nature illustrated by Albert H. Winkler

I can’t seem to find out anything about the artist who made these illustrations. They are signed A.H. Winkler for Albert H. Winkler and were found in the back of a dictionary dating from 1971. They seem to be older … Continue reading

Posted in old illustrations | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Edmund Dulac’s Illustrations for The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Edmund Dulac was a French-born illustrator who studied art at the famous École des Beaux-Arts in France; he moved to London as a young man and eventually became a British citizen. Though he did design British bank notes and postage … Continue reading

Posted in old illustrations | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Illustrator Ruth Mary Hallock, A Child’s Garden of Verses

Last October I posted some 1928 American school reader illustrations by Ruth Mary Hallock in my blog here. Yesterday, while sorting through books I found some more of her illustrations in a much-loved 1946 edition of ‘A Child’s Garden of … Continue reading

Posted in old illustrations, vintage childrens illustrations | Tagged | 2 Comments

It’s Never too Late to Learn French….

For six years I lived in France, five in Paris, and one in Bourgogne.  I was young, fresh out of high school and looked at the world through rose-colored glasses. The one question people ask me the most of the … Continue reading

Posted in old illustrations | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flying Carpets and Magic Lanterns…..Exotic Arabia

No genies in the bottle here, but almost!  These photographs were taken in the 1930’s for a series of books titled Lands and Peoples. They show a romantic, idealized version of the land and people.  These images are available in … Continue reading

Posted in old illustrations | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t Fence Me In

These illustrations have four c’s : color, contrast, composition, and cowboys! I found them in a much loved book for children,  ‘The Book of Cowboys’ by Holling C. Holling, 1936. Holling and his wife collaborated on these, thus the signature … Continue reading

Posted in old illustrations | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lions, and Tigers, and Bears.

Here are more of the stunning color lithographs by Henry J. Johnson, found in The Animal Kingdom, a book that was published at the turn of the last century.

Posted in old illustrations | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment