With its transparent wings, long slender body, long tails and long antennae, I think this is an elegant looking insect. It’s a Long-tailed Ichneumon Fly. The image is from Hooker’s Illustrated Natural History by Worthington Hooker, M.D. The book was published in 1864. long tailed ichneumon fly, vintage dragonfly clipart, black and white clip art, membrane winged insect illustration, fly graphics freeClick on image to enlarge.

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This vintage magazine advertisement claims that in the spring a woman’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of gowns and that nearly every woman can make her own dresses if she sets her mind to it. Of course the work is wonderfully simplified with the assistance of a Hall’s Bazar Form. The ad is from the June 1892 issue of The Delineator magazine. antique dress form, black and white clipart, halls bazaar form, old fashioned skirt form, vintage sewing clip art, vintage magazine adHere are black and white clip art versions of the images from the ad: the dress and skirt forms and the woman working with the dress form. antique dress form, black and white clipart, halls bazaar form, old fashioned skirt form, vintage sewing clip art, vintage magazine adantique dress form, black and white clipart, halls bazaar form, old fashioned skirt form, vintage sewing clip art, vintage magazine adClick on images to enlarge.

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This beautiful vintage postcard includes an image of pink and purple flowers in a tall glass vase. There are two birds flying close together, their beaks almost touching, in the foreground and more purple flowers to the left of the birds. The message on the card is: Birthday Greetings. digital download image, free vintage ephemera, old fashioned postcard download, purple flowers doves clipart, vintage postcard birds, antique birthday postcard For additional creative options, here is a version of the old postcard without the writing. digital download image, free vintage ephemera, old fashioned postcard download, purple flowers doves clipart, vintage postcard birds, antique birthday postcardClick on image to enlarge.

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Vintage Coffee Grinder ~ Free Clip Art

by Julie J on July 29, 2014

This vintage illustration of a coffee grinder is from the 1897-8 H. O’neill & Co. catalogue. The grinder had a wood frame and cost 50 cents. vintage coffee grinder, grinder clipart, black and white clip art, vintage kitchen graphicsClick on image to enlarge.

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Here is a vintage business postcard from the office of the National Essence for Coffee Company, dated June 17, 1897. The postcard was sent to acknowledge receipt of $16.66 that was paid to settle an invoice dated June 8th. National Essence for Coffee Co, shabby paper ephemera, vintage business postcard graphics, old fashioned office printable, vintage coffee clipartNational Essence for Coffee Co, shabby paper ephemera, vintage business postcard graphics, old fashioned office printable, vintage coffee clipartClick on images to enlarge.

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Here is an aged and shabby vintage magazine article that describes methods of measuring for sewing patterns. The illustration is from the May 1904 issue of The Delineator magazine. vintage sewing clipart, Victorian magazine clip art, measurements for sewing chart, how to measure for pattern, shabby paper graphicsClick on image to enlarge.

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This vintage book plate by Louis Agassiz Fuertes includes three adorable small dogs. A light brown Pomeranian, a black Pomeranian and a white Maltese Terrier are standing together on a blue rug. The image is from The Book of Dogs, published in 1919. Louis Agassiz Fuertes, pomeranian vintage image free, maltese terrier illustration, vintage dog printable, small dog book plateClick on image to enlarge.

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Beautiful Hand Bell ~ Free Vintage Clip Art

by Julie J on July 28, 2014

This beautifully designed vintage hand bell is from The Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue, published for the proprietors, by George Virtue in London, 1851. antique hand bell illustration, black and white clipart, old fashioned bell, vintage hand bell clip artClick on image to enlarge.

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Vintage Business Postcards ~ Free Graphics

by Julie J on July 28, 2014

Here are two vintage business postcards dated July 29, 1879 and October 27, 1879. An advertisement in the upper left corner of the back of each postcard reads, “Gleanings in Bee Culture, monthly, $1.00 per year, Sample copy free – A I. Root.” Another bit of advertising on the bottom of the back of the cards reads, “The ABC of Bee Culture, Part, First, Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth, Especially for Beginners, Price post-paid 25 cts. each; All in one $1.00, in Cloth $1.25.”

July 29, 1879 Postcard Back and Front. vintage ephemera free, business postcard bee gleanings, old postcard graphics, shabby grunge paper image, antique office clipart vintage ephemera free, business postcard bee gleanings, old postcard graphics, shabby grunge paper image, antique office clipart October 27, 1879 Postcard Back and Front. vintage ephemera free, business postcard bee gleanings, old postcard graphics, shabby grunge paper image, antique office clipart vintage ephemera free, business postcard bee gleanings, old postcard graphics, shabby grunge paper image, antique office clipart Click on images to enlarge.

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Here is a Victorian lady modelling an elegant dress referred to as a Ladies’ Tea-Gown. The lady’s hair is wavy and arranged into a bun at the top of her head. She is holding a fan in her left hand. The illustration is from the April 1895 issue of The Delineator magazine. Victorian fashion, black and white clip art, vintage fashion image, Victorian lady illustration, antique womens clothing style, printable Victorian graphicsHere is a black and white clip art version. Victorian fashion, black and white clip art, vintage fashion image, Victorian lady illustration, antique womens clothing style, printable Victorian graphicsClick on images to enlarge.

The description for the dress from the magazine is as follows:

“This illustrates a Ladies’ tea-gown. The pattern, which is No. 6800 and costs 1s. 8d. or 40 cents, is in thirteen sizes for ladies from twenty-eight to forty-six inches, bust measure, and is given a different representation on page 346 of this Delineator.

A dressy tea-gown in which one may receive one’s friends at an informal “At Home” is a necessity in a well considered wardrobe, and is an economy as well, since a street costume soon loses its trimness when worn in the house. The tea-gown here shown developed in an artistic combination of India silk figured with a floriated design in white on a china-blue ground, and plain white India silk and lace edging is quite stately enough to be assumed by the hostess at a luncheon. Its full vest of white silk falls in flowing folds over a closely adjusted front of lining that is closed to a desirable depth at the center, and shows prettily between loose fronts that are reversed to below the waist-line in enormous lapels. The vest is closed invisibly at the center and decorated at the bottom, above the knee, and midway between with frills of lace of graduated depth, each frill being surmounted by three bands of china-blue ribbon; and the lapels are faced with plain blue silk and all-over striped with bands of similar ribbon. The fronts are nicely curved to the figure at the sides by under-arm darts taken up with the corresponding darts in the lining front, and the back is fitted to reveal the graceful outline of the figure by side-back gores and by a curving center seam, over which the joined side edges of the Watteau are tacked from the top to below the waist-line, and below which the back edges of the backs are joined separately to the side edges of the Watteau.

The Watteau, which is one of the most attractive features of the gown , is arranged at the top in a double box-plait that widens gradually to the waist-line and flares into the full, sweeping folds of a train, which may be long or short, as desired, the pattern providing for both lengths. Upon each coat sleeve are arranged two Empire puffs, which spread with the exaggerated effect of the balloon shapes and are separated by a drooping frill of lace edging; and the wrist is decorated with a frill of lace surmounted by three encircling bands of ribbon. Deep bretelle-frills of lace edging fall in full, soft folds over the shoulders and are smooth at the center of the back, where their back edges are joined in a center seam; and their front ends are narrowed to points and pass beneath the lapels At the neck is a close-fitting standing collar trimmed at the top and bottom with bands of ribbon, the overlapping ends of which extend in points beyond the ends of the collar, and a frill of lace edging falls from the collar over the vest.

A dressy tea or luncheon gown may be developed by the mode in plain or shaded taffeta, India or China silk, Surah or any of the numerous dainty woollens which are devoted to garments of this description and are usually combined with velvet, satin, plain, striped or figured silk or some equally handsome contrasting goods. The bretelle-frills may be of embroidered chiffon or point de Gene lace, and charming garnitures of ribbon or lace may be applied in as elaborate or as simple a manner as personal taste directs.”

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