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.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. Click on images to enlarge.
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. Click on image to enlarge.
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. Click on image to enlarge.
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. Click on image to enlarge.
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. Click on image to enlarge.
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. Click on image to enlarge.