This vintage magazine advertisement for Rock Island-Frisco Lines claims you can travel to Switzerland in a night. Well, not really, “but you can leave Chicago or St. Louis today and be in the Colorado Rockies tomorrow long before dinner.

You can take the Rock Island to the Rockies, the only line with direct service to both Denver and Colorado Springs, from Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Memphis or Birmingham and have your vacation start when the train starts. On the deluxe Rocky Mountain Limited you will find everything you expect in perfect train service and some comforting details you will not expect.”

The ad includes an image of a mother travelling with her young son and daughter. They children are excited about the snow-topped mountain in the distance as they look through the large window from where they sit.vintage magazine advertising, rocky mountain limited, rock island frisco lines, Victorian mother and children, vintage train clip art Here is a black and white clip art image of the image from the ad. The ad is from the June 1909 issue of Harper’s Monthly Magazine. vintage magazine advertising, rocky mountain limited, rock island frisco lines, Victorian mother and children, vintage train clip art Click on images to enlarge.

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The front of this Victorian advertising card for Lautz Soaps features a boy about to ride his bicycle. The handlebars of the bike sit almost as high as the boy is tall. The writing on the bottom of the front of the card is: Use Lautz Bros. & Co’s Soaps, Best in the Market. Victorian trade card, vintage advertising card, boy bike clipart, free vintage ephemera, old fashioned bicycle, Lautz soaps advertisingI love the design and the aged, stained, shabby back of this trading card. The advertising encourages use of Lautz Bros. & Co’s pure and healthy soaps because they are the best in the market. Victorian trade card, vintage advertising card, boy bike clipart, free vintage ephemera, old fashioned bicycle, Lautz soaps advertisingClick on images to enlarge.

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This vintage image shows the latest fashionable clothing styles for bicycle riding in 1895. The picture includes fashions for Victorian men, women and children. It appears the group gathered together is having a great time with their bicycles and in their bicycle outfits. The page is from the April 1895 issue of The Delineator magazine. Victorian fashion illustration, bicycle and bicycling outfits 1895, black and white clip art, antique bike clipart, Victorian people imageHere is a black and white clip art version of the image. Victorian fashion illustration, bicycle and bicycling outfits 1895, black and white clip art, antique bike clipart, Victorian people imageClick on images to enlarge.

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Here are four aged and shabby pages of vintage sheet music. The title of the music is Cyclists’ March, by E. B. Kursheedt. It was dedicated to the League of American Wheelmen. The pages are from the April 1894 issue of The Delineator magazine. cyclists march, vintage sheet music, old song book page, Victorian bicycle ephemera, Kursheedt musiccyclists march, vintage sheet music, old song book page, Victorian bicycle ephemera, Kursheedt musiccyclists march, vintage sheet music, old song book page, Victorian bicycle ephemera, Kursheedt musiccyclists march, vintage sheet music, old song book page, Victorian bicycle ephemera, Kursheedt musicClick on images to enlarge.

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Here is a wonderful old New York City map. It’s from one of a two-volume gigantic set of dictionaries in my collection that was published in 1906. antique map image, free vintage ephemera, new york city map, old map to downloadClick on image to enlarge.

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This engraving of a large coffee and tea service is from The Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue, published for the proprietors, by George Virtue in London, 1851. This beautiful set was a work of Mr. John Ridgway of Cauldron Place, Staffordshire Potteries. vintage tea set clipart, black and white graphics, kitchen dish clip art, tea service engraving, coffee tea public domain imageClick on image to enlarge.

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Here is a lovely flowering branch of Prunus Sinensis Flore-Pleno. Prunus is the ancient Latin name for plum. The illustration is from the Illustrated Dictionary of Gardening – A Practical and Scientific Encyclopaedia of Horticulture, edited by George Nicholson, circa 1885. flowering branch engraving, vintage floral illustration, plum tree flower, black and white printable, botanical garden clip art Click on image to enlarge.

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This vintage image features five large goldfish in an aquarium. A fly is sitting on the outside left of the glass. The image is from Cassell’s Household Guide Volume III, circa 1869. goldfish aquarium engraving, black and white clip art, vintage fish clipart, cassell's household guideClick on image to enlarge. 

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Here is an adorable Victorian storybook image of a mother walking with her two children. The little girl is clutching her mom’s skirt with one hand and playing with the apron of her pinafore with the other. The mother is carrying the baby. There are flowers growing on a trellis in the background. This picture is from A Day in a Child’s Life by Kate Greenaway, circa 1881. Kate Greenaway, vintage storybook clipart, mother child clip art, day in childs life image, Victorian mom children illustrationClick on image to enlarge.

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This vintage page includes a guide for drawing an elephant and instructions for A Jumbo Party which essentially is a game of pin the trunk on the elephant while blindfolded. Also on this page is a poem titled, Counting the Raindrops. The page is from the January 1890 issue of the American Agriculturist magazine. elephant clipart, old book page, vintage party game, counting the raindrops poem, free vintage clipart, black and white graphicsHere is a black and white clip art version of the elephant from the page with the drawing guide of squares removed. elephant clipart, old book page, vintage party game, counting the raindrops poem, free vintage clipart, black and white graphicsClick on images to enlarge.

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