Monday, November 30, 2009
Here are two lovely designs I scanned from an old book. These can be used in so many ways. My favorite is to colorize them on the computer, and then decorate greeting cards or gift tags.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Calligraphy is beautiful, isn't it? I wish I knew how to do it. This page from an antique Victorian Book on etiquette is a lovely example. I scanned this page from the old book and left it as is.
Here's another lovely example at The Antique Image.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
This image comes from an antique Victorian book on etiquette full of black and white illustrations. Here we are shown the gentility of society and an example of proper behavior in polite society. I can just image a few of the women anticipating when they can go home and get out of all those stiff, pinching undergarments ;-)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
From what's printed on the upper left-hand corner, this Victorian advertisement card must have been scented with the cologne. This is still done in stores today, but not on such beautifully decorated cards.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I'm continuing with antique shoes today with this image of an antique woman's shoe from a 1917 clothes catalog.
Here's the description of the shoe from the catalog:
Grey shoes are very fashionable. This handsome openwork Oxford is made of soft Kid-finished Leather in the new shade of Grey. Receding toe: high arch: leather concave Cuban heel: medium weight dress shoe. White laces. SIZES 2 1/2 to8: widths, E, D, and E. State size and width. OUR PRICE, $2.98. Postage 6 cents extra.
Take a look at this pretty, antique "Peggy" pump at The Antique Image!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Isn't this a lovely shoe? This image of a woman's antique black pump was taken from a 1917 clothes catalog.
Here's the description of the shoe in the catalog:
For afternoon or evening wear - graceful Black Patent Leather Pump. Receding toe: medium weight close edge sole: high Spanish arch: full Louis covered heel with leather top lift. Beaded tongue: suede-finished quarter lining prevents slipping at heel. SIZES: 2 1/2 to 8: widths, C, D, and E. State size and width .....$3.49 Postage 6 cents extra.
They only go up to a size 8?! Well, I wouldn't have been able to be so fashionable since I wear a size 10. Oh, dear. What did poor women like me do?
Here's another pretty shoe at The Antique Image.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I took these black and white handshake illustrations from an antique Victorian book on etiquette. The first image shows how to shake someone's hand. The second and third show how not to shake hands.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I've got a real treat for you all today! These images are of a 1917 Italian perfume advertising book. They are lovely, aren't they? I got this little gem from eBay several years ago and have used them to make beautiful gift tags. Yep, I've mentioned making gift tags a few times. I do really enjoy making them because they add an extra special touch to any gift. Over at The Antique Image there are 3 more images of this booklet.