Here is a clip art image of a small, quaint, two-story Victorian cottage. A woman is on the front walk with open arms to greet a child walking toward her.
The final sentence of the chapter this image is from states, “At present prices, this house can be built here, all complete, for six hundred dollars.” The illustration is from Our Homes and Their Adornments by Almon C. Varney, 1882. Here is a sketch of the floor plan of the first floor of the cottage. The book does not include the second floor plan. Click on images to enlarge.
This vintage Easter postcard features two bunnies attempting to transport a large decorated egg. The bunnies have a pussy willow branch attached to each side of the yellow egg. One bunny is pushing the branches from the back and one is pulling from the front but the egg is too heavy and the bunny in front is suspended off the ground. They are not getting far with the pretty Easter egg! The message on the old postcard is: Easter Greeting.Click on image to enlarge.
THE TEA PARTY.
IN the pleasant green Garden
We sat down to tea;
“Do you take sugar?” and
“Do you take milk?”
She’d got a new gown on -
A smart one of silk.
We all were as happy
As happy could be,
On that bright Summer’s day
When she asked us to tea.This vintage storybook image and poem, The Tea Party, is from Marigold Garden by Kate Greenaway, circa 1892. Click on image to enlarge.
This fun magazine advertisement, from the April 7, 1895 issue of Le Petit Echo de la Mode, depicts a young lady dressed in an outfit designed for riding a bicycle. Although not a smooth translation, the following paragraph is an online conversion and will give you a general idea (if you do not speak or read French) of the description of the outfit that appears at the bottom of the ad.
Costume bicyclist corduroy gray ash. Baggy trousers, pleated skirt all buttoned in the middle. Sleeveless blouse in white flannel tucked into the skirt in a leather belt or smothered and surmounted by a straight neck. Curb very short little behind, forming the tip front and trimmed buttons, lapel collar double white flannel and adorned with stings. Wide sleeve top, fedora ash gray felt ribbon adorns. Materials 6m 50 velvet wool, white flannel 1m 50. Here is a black and white version of the image from the ad. Click on images to enlarge.
This page contains vibrantly colored illustrations of: oranges, apples, a pear, grapes, peaches, cherries and an assortment of nuts. The page is from the antique school lesson book Our Little Book for Little Folks, 1896. Click on image to enlarge.
This beautiful flower is an Aster. The botanical name if this particular aster is Aster Turbinellus. The image is from the Illustrated Dictionary of Gardening – A Practical and Scientific Encyclopaedia of Horticulture, edited by George Nicholson, circa 1885. Click on image to enlarge.