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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Monkey Business! Color Lithographs from the 19th century.

Here are some more of the beautiful color lithographs by Henry J. Johnson.  Today I am featuring monkeys. Aren’t they adorable?

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Famous Gems, Precious Stones, and Semiprecious Stones

These old prints come from early 20th century encyclopedias and dictionaries.  Each stone and gem was illustrated to look as realistic as possible. On the first illustration it says, ‘This plate was made under the supervision of Dr. George F. … Continue reading

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Favorite Flies and Their Histories by Mary Orvis Marbury 1955 edition

When I found this book a few weeks ago at the Saint Louis Goodwill Outlet, I have to admit the title intrigued me. What in the world! Who has a favorite fly? Well, it turns out that when this book … Continue reading

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