Here is a vintage illustration of a spooky carved pumpkin. This jack-o-lantern is glowing brightly from a lit candle that has been placed inside the hollowed-out pumpkin. The image is from Mother Goose Village by Madge A. Bigham, 1903. Click on image to enlarge.
Here is an old catalogue advertisement for White Lily Face Wash. The ad claims the face wash to be an invaluable remedy for pimples, freckles, sallowness, roughness, wrinkles, tan, blackheads, irritations and imperfections of the skin. Although this face wash was manufactured in a chemical laboratory, the ad claims that, unlike other beauty products on the market at the time, White Lily Face Wash did not contain lead, silver, sulphur, arsenic, mercury or other poisonous minerals. The ad includes an illustration of a bottle of the White Lily Face Wash and a head and shoulders side view of a Victorian lady. I scanned this clipping from the Sears, Roebuck & Co. 1907 catalogue. Here are black and white clip art versions of the illustrations from the ad. Click on images to enlarge.
This lovely Victorian card features three white flowers spilling from a basket that has tipped onto its side. The greeting on the card is: With Affection and Regard. Click on image to enlarge.
This aged dictionary includes the words: ghost, ghostly, ghoul, gift and giggle. I scanned the page from a vintage dictionary in my collection that was published in 1922. Click on image to enlarge.
Here is a clip art image of a beautiful antique cabinet. The magazine article I scanned this illustration from refers to this lovely piece of furniture as a cabinet “For the Music-Room”. The cabinet was made of green ash, highly polished, and had a good-sized beveled mirror attached to the top. I wondered how this cabinet would be useful to a music room in the late 1800s and my question was answered by the following excerpt from the article:
“The large compartment, which closes with a lock and key, is divided vertically by thin walls, so that the music can be slipped in in sheet form… The drawer is also plenty large enough to accommodate folio music, while song books, etc. can be placed on the side shelves, as they are less likely to be damaged. The upper shelves are intended for holding photographs of famous singers, musicians and the like, or for busts of the same.” The image is from the November 1899 issue of The Designer magazine.
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This vintage storybook illustration, Bubbles, features a young Victorian girl in a pink dress and white pinafore blowing bubbles with an old fashioned pipe-shaped bubble blower. The girl appears to be enchanted by the bubbles. Her curious kitten is on the table beside the bowl of bubble-blowing liquid, intently watching the foamy contents. With one paw resting on the edge of the bowl, I think the cat wants to be a part of the fun! The image is from a storybook titled The Sunbeams and Me, by Helen Marion Burnside & Nesbit, Mary Dickens, M. A. Hoyer, and others, illustrated by Helen Jackson, Jane Willis Grey, Fanny Bowers, and others. The book was published by Raphael Tuck & Sons in the late 1800s.
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Here is a beautiful image of a Victorian bride posing with her bridesmaid (or perhaps maid of honor). They are framed by a lovely ornate design. The illustration is from the October 1902 issue of The Delineator magazine. Click on image to enlarge.
This lovely vintage Christmas postcard features a poinsettia in the foreground and a snowy winter scene, with a road leading to a house in the country, in the background. The message on this old fashioned card is: Best Wishes for Christmas. Click on image to enlarge.