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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Vintage postcards: more lovely ladies

Images of beautiful women have long been a favorite of portrait artists, advertising designers and postcard makers.  Today's ephemera downloads include some  lovely ladies from early 1900s postcards. Click twice to save the largest images.

Postmarked 1910, Newtonville, Mass.

Early 1900s Christmas postcard, printed in Germany
Postmarked 1908, Zanesville, Ohio.  Printed in Germany

Have a lovely day!


Monday, February 27, 2012

Vintage postcards with bluebirds

I've always loved bluebird images...  Over the weekend, I got a glimpse of a beautiful bluebird in my back yard, and it was a treat to find these bluebird postcards at a flea market the very same day!

Aren't the messages sweet?

Wishing you sunshine and happiness!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Illustrations from a vintage baby book

Vintage toddler with pets

Today I'm sharing illustrations from a vintage baby book found at a local flea market. The 1930s illustrations are not signed, so the artist is unknown, but the style is very similar to watercolors by one of my favorite children's illustrator, Bessie Pease Gutmann.  Ms. Gutmann was famous well before the '30s, so her work would have been signed.  This artist obviously admired and emulated her artistic style and subject matter.

Vintage children at play

The baby whose life this book celebrated was born in January 1949 in Centuria, Wisconsin. A hospital invoice was tucked into the pages.  The hospital room and care cost $5.50, and the operating room fee was $5.00.  Additional charges were $3.00 for anaesthetic, and $.25 for medicines (a sedative).  Total: $13.75.

I always feel sad when family keepsakes like this baby book are not cherished by family members, but at least we can all enjoy the charming illustrations today.

As always, right click an image to save it to your computer.  Clicking a second time will give you the largest image size.  Downloads are for personal use only. Please do not sell these images individually or in collections.

Vintage baby with toothbrush, toothpaste and puppy
Vintage children with birthday cake
Vintage baby with Christmas tree and toys
Vintage children with birthday kiss
Vintage children hand in hand

I hope you'll enjoy using these vintage images in your art projects.  Please post in the Comments section about how you plan to use them.  I'd love to hear about (and see!) your creations.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Valentine postcard

I know... it's after Valentine's Day.  But a friend just found this little treasure of a vintage Valentine postcard, so I had to share it even if it is no longer timely.  Isn't he cute?

Hope your Valentine's Day was happy!