Here is a grungy old cover of an antique book in my collection. The glue in the spine of the book has become dry and brittle and the cover has separated from the contents of the book. The book is Hooker’s Illustrated Natural History by Worthington Hooker, M.D. It was published in 1864. Click on image to enlarge.
This unique vintage invoice includes some great typography on the left, with a bunch of wheat in the background. On the right is an image of a lake and mountain scene with a fish in the foreground. The date in the upper right corner is 189___ but the invoice has not been used. Click on image to enlarge.
Here is a beautiful vintage engraving of a fruiting branchlet of raspberries. 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.
This lovely vintage postcard features an illustration of white, pink and red roses and rosebuds in a light colored silvery-blue vase. One red rosebud is lying on the table behind the vase. The message on the postcard is: Best Wishes. Click on image to enlarge.
MY LITTLE GIRLIE.
LITTLE girlie tell to me
What your wistful blue eyes see?
Why you like to stand so high,
Looking at the far-off sky.
Does a tiny Fairy flit
In the pretty blue of it?
Or is it that you hope so soon
To see the rising yellow Moon?
Or is it – as I think I’ve heard –
You’re looking for a little Bird
To come and sit upon a spray,
And sing the summer night away? This vintage storybook image and poem, My Little Girlie (spelling and grammar as it is in the book), is from Marigold Garden by Kate Greenaway, circa 1892. Click on image to enlarge.
This vintage catalogue page features a variety of beauty and hair supplies. Most of the products are for women; a few are for men.
The items listed on the page are: Face Powder and Talcum Holder, Fancy Glass Puff Box, Decorated Glass Puff Box, Elite Powder Leaves for the Complexion, Pocket Book Toilet Case, Handy Toilet Box, Rouge de Theatre, Liquid Rouge, La Dore’s Rubyline Rouge (for tinting the cheeks, lips and fingers), Eye Brow Pencils, Danderoff (the wonderful scalp cleaner and hair grower), Hair Elixir (makes hair soft and fluffy), Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic, Barbers’ Egg Shampoo, Imperial Shampoo (should be used once or twice a month freely), LaDore’s Hair Powder (cleans the hair without water), Pomade Philacome (dressing for hair and mustache), Olive Wax Pomatum (for fixing and laying the hair, whiskers and mustache), French Cosmetique, Magnesium Carbonate, Styptio Pencils (used at shaving to stop bleeding if cut), Hair Curling Fluid, and Blondine (perfectly harmless preparation that will gradually turn the hair from any color to a beautiful blonde color). This page of vintage beauty supplies is from the 1907 Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalogue. Click on image to enlarge.