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Gorgeous c.1911 paintings of “The Women of the Bible”

These intriguing and colorful paintings of women come from an old edition of The Women of the Bible: A Portrait Gallery by Margaret E. Sangster (The Christian Herald, 1911). I can’t help but be drawn to each woman’s eyes – the … Continue reading

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E. A. Séguy: man of mystery, ahead of his time

  E. A. Séguy produced 11 albums of nature-themed illustrations and patterns, drawing inspiration from butterflies, beetles, dragonflies, flowers, foliage, crystals and animals. I’ve always loved his work, but information on the man himself is difficult to find. This is his entire … Continue reading

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Hendrik Willem Van Loon, author of “The Story of Mankind” & winner of the very first Newbery Medal

Hendrik Willem Van Loon was a Dutch-American historian, journalist, and award-winning children’s book author. From the 1910s to his death in 1944, he wrote dozens of books, illustrating them himself. The Story of Mankind is his best-known work; it won the first-ever Newbery Medal in … Continue reading

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Peter Pan by Sir James Barrie illustrated by Roy Best

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Roy Best was an American illustrator with a long career as a painter of pin-up girls. He attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the Art Institute of Chicago, while working on railroad construction crew to…

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Biblical Illustrations for Easter Sunday

These beautiful color lithographs were printed at the Avil Printing Company in Philadelphia around 1888. The colors seem to be as intense today as the day they were printed. Just one thing to love about color lithographs from this time. … Continue reading

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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

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Celebrating Diversity with Representative Types

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

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Else Bostelmann Vegetable Illustrations

In a 1949 National Geographic I found these illustrations of vegetables by Else Bostelmann. The subject matter, vegetables, appealed to me, as does anything related to horticulture and botany, and the artistry is top-notch, nice compositions, contrast, and colors. But … Continue reading

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Charming Illustrations of Children

I found these old illustrations in a vintage children’s book about growing up and getting big. Aren’t they sweet? Click on any of the images to go to my Etsy shop where I have more cuties from the same book.

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Vintage Luggage Labels, Printable Digital Downloads

I love everything about vintage luggage labels; the colors, the graphic design, the romantic images of mountains, hotels, and bellboy caps. It is the era they evoke as well. What fun it must have been to take the Orient Express, … Continue reading

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