Edwardian Fashion: Ladies in Dinner and Reception Gowns (The Delineator, December 1901)

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Antique black and white fashion illustration from the December 1901 issue of The Delineator. The magazine says: "On the left, charming simplicity marks this gown, for which black crêpe de Chine was chosen in combination with jetted lace, rowa of ribbons of graduated widths and narrow ruffles of the crêpe de Chine. The waist is in low, rounding outline at the top, a short distance from which a ruffle of the material is arranged so that with the jetted lace it suggests a bertha. A closing is made at the back with small buttons, and the front blouses with becoming fulness [sic]. The cap sleeves are circularly shaped, and a ribbon belt describes the dip.

An inverted box-plait takes up the fulness at the back of the five-gored skirt, and a graduated, circular flounce is added. Several narrow ruffles arranged on the flounce near the bottom give a fluffy effect. White embroidered mousseline de soie will evolve a handsome evening gown, with medallion of black lace on white-edged black chiffon. A sash of black chiffon would be a pretty adjunct. Nile-green Louisine with appliqués of point Venise lace, or black dotted net over white taffeta will make a smart gown, and bows of black velvet and Liberty silk ruffles will be dainty as graniture.

On the right, tucks are employed in the decoration of this waist, which is low and square at the neck where it is outlined by a shallow bertha. The fronts puff out prettily and are tucked at the top and bottom, while the back is tucked to suggest a girdle. A closing is arranged to the left side. Tucked sleeves are also introduced, terminating in a puff at the elbow. A crush belt of panne velvet is worn, and the material employed in the development was Nile-green Lansdowne with self-colored dots. Cream lace appliqué was applied on the bertha.

The skirt is also of the Lansdowne, trimmed to match the bodice. It is circular and has a graduated flounce of similar shaping, while the back is in habit style. Pale-yellow taffeta will make up well in this gown, and the indispensable touch of black may be introduced in a chou of chiffon at the left of the corsage. Crêpe de Chine, mousseline both plain and dotted, and the various new silks are appropriate, and a ribbon belt may be used.

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Vintage Real Photo Postcard (RPPC): 1914 Valerie with Bouquet of Red and Pink Roses


Original, first-generation digital scan of a vintage French real photo postcard (RPPC) postmarked October 18, 1914. This hand-tinted card shows a pretty young lady wearing a green gown with a gold embroidered bodice. She is holding a bouquet of red and pink roses. In the background is a path winding across a stone bridge nestled in the scenic French countryside. You can download the free high-resolution 3.5” x 5.5” @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Victorian Fashion: Dresses of Silk (Peterson's Magazine, December 1857)

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A fashion illustration in full colour from my collection of Peterson's Magazine, December 1857 issue. The magazine describes the dresses as:

On the left, a dress of black silk, trimmed with nine rows of black velvet, graduated in width, and edged with black lace. The body is made with a basque and berthe, and trimmed to correspond with the skirt. The sleeves are of the pagoda shape, open on the inside of the arm.

On the right is a dress of chestnut-colored heavy silk. The skirt is very full, and trimmed on each side with two rows of velvet of a darker shade of brown than the silk. A row of velvet buttons is placed down the side of each band of velvet. The body is made without a basque, but with lappets in front, edged with a brown silk fringe. There is also a berthe formed of velvet and fringe. The sleeves are very wide, made with a cap or jockey, and trimmed to correspond with the body.

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Food History: Victorian Recipe for Birthday Plum Pudding (Peterson's Magazine, December 1891)


Here is a Victorian recipe for a birthday plum pudding from the December 1891 issue of Peterson's Magazine. The article specifically mentions, "Note that this plum pudding has neither suet, flour, nor butter in it. It is on that acount considered by many to be more digestible than an ordinary plum pudding." It seems that the Victorians had plenty of dietary restrictions too! To download your 4" x 4" @ 300 ppi copy of the printable recipe card above (you can use it for a gift tag or greeting card), click once on the image to expand, then right-click to save to your computer.

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Vintage Real Photo Postcard (RPPC): 1912 Jeanne with Basket of Flowers


An original, first-generation digital scan of a vintage French real photo postcard (RPPC) postmarked August 23, 1912 and sent to Madame E. Mamlour-Eisman from Jeanne. This card shows a pretty young lady with a frilly lace shawl posing with a basket of flowers on her shoulder. You can download the free high-resolution 3.5” x 5.5” @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Vintage Real Photo Postcard (RPPC): 1911 Trisa with Two Baskets of Flowers


A first-generation digital scan of a vintage French real photo postcard (RPPC) postmarked June 24, 1911. This hand-tinted card shows an attractive lady wearing a sparkly blue and white striped dress carrying two baskets of fresh summer flowers. You can download the free high-resolution 3.5” x 5.5” @ 300 ppi JPEG here.

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Food History: Victorian Recipe for Christmas Plum Pudding (Peterson's Magazine, December 1891)


Here is a Victorian recipe for Christmas plum pudding from the December 1891 issue of Peterson's Magazine. To download your 4" x 4" @ 300 ppi copy of the printable recipe card above (you can use it for a gift tag or greeting card), click once on the image to expand, then right-click to save to your computer.

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Victorian Fashion: Mantelet in Vicuña (La Mode Illustreé, October 5, 1873)


A Victorian lady dressed in a mantelet made of vicuña, considered the world's rarest fabric, so luxurious that the Wall Street Journal says coming in contact with it might cause you to "...for a moment, think seriously about blowing your children's college funds." This black and white illustration was originally published in the October 5, 1873 issue of La Mode Illustrée. To download the high-res JPEG, click once on image to expand, then right-click to save to your computer.

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Vintage Real Photo Postcard (RPPC): 1910 Grete with Daisies in her Hair

These are original, first-generation digital scans of vintage real photo postcards (RPPCs) from my personal collection. The first two photos show a pretty young Edwardian girl with daisy hair ornaments posing first with her right profile presented and then with her left profile presented. A big thank you to James W. who pointed me to her possible real identity, a German actress named Grete Reinwald (1902 - 1983). You can read more of her story here.



After reading her biography and seeing all the pictures of her (some look so drastically different that it is hard to believe that they are of the same person), I began to wonder if I might have other photos of her in my collection. I managed to find one of a young girl all wrapped in gauzy chiffon who looked like she had the same upturned nose and tight-lipped smile - can this be a young Grete as well?


Next, I came across this photo of an older girl - she looks to be in her late teens but there is something of her nose and the ever so slightly puckered mouth that made me think that she might be a more grown-up Grete. What do you think?


I have no idea if all these long-ago photographs are of the indomitable Grete who graced so many postcards but it is a lot of fun to imagine who these young ladies might have been and how they would have lived their lives.

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Vintage Real Photo Postcard (RPPC): Romantic Couple by a French Chateau


Ooh la la! Look at this tender, romantic scene from an old tinted French postcard. A pretty young lady, wearing a yellow and pink dress, is having sweet nothings whispered into her ear by her dashing beau, a handsome young man in a well-cut brown suit with an eye-catching red tie. They are standing in the courtyard of a French chateau, in front of a vintage mint-green garden bench. There are pink climbing roses everywhere and you can imagine their light fragrance sweetly surrounding this courting couple on an idyllic summer afternoon. You can download the high-res 3.5” x 5.5” @ 300 ppi JPEG by clicking here.

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Vintage Real Photo Postcard (RPPC): 1908 Christmas Angel


This is an old, hand-tinted German postcard from 1908. While not specifically a Christmas postcard, I thought that this charming girl angel standing against a light blue heart outline, with pink flowers in her hair and matching flowers in her hands, would make a great addition to any holiday project. You can download the high-resolution 5” x 8” @ 300 ppi JPEG of this vintage RPPC here.

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Edwardian Fashion: Edwardian Ladies in Promenade Dresses 1 (La Mode Illustreé, January 10, 1904)


A colour fashion illustration from the January 10, 1904 issue of La Mode Illustrée that shows a pair of ladies in Edwardian promenade dresses, deep in conversation as they stroll casually through a wintry landscape. In the background stands a couple of small châteaux or is it just one large château? You can download the high-resolution 7.5” x 11” @ 300 ppi JPEG without any watermark here.

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Victorian Fashion: Morning and Dinner Dresses (Peterson's Magazine, July 1857)

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A fashion illustration from my collection of Peterson's Magazine, July 1857 issue. From the magazine, the description of the dresses are:

On the left, a morning dress of white cambric, trimmed in front in the apron style with insertions and heavy worked rufflings. The corsage is made with a basque and ornamented to correspond with the skirt.

On the right, a dinner dress of white muslin, trimmed with three flounces richly embroidered. Corsage high. A small mantle of white muslin, embroidered.

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Vintage Real Photo Postcard (RPPC): 1906 Elisabeth Reads a Letter in Her Garden


Original, first-generation digital scan of a vintage French real photo postcard (RPPC) from 1906. This hand-tinted card shows a pretty young woman in a lovely Edwardian costume of ruffles and pale blue stripes, sitting on a chair and reading a letter in her "garden." She is wearing a hat with flowers of a matching blue; a bouquet of roses and lilies lie at her feet. This image has been restored and enhanced in Photoshop CS4. You can download the high-resolution 3.5” x 5.5” @ 300 ppi JPEG without any watermark here.

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Vintage Real Photo Postcard (RPPC): 1904 Antonia with Pink Striped Roses in her Hat


A hand-tinted French real photo postcard (RPPC) from 1904. It shows a young woman in Edwardian costume smiling confidently into the camera with her hands on her hips. On her hat are flamboyant pink striped roses. I think she has plenty of joie de vivre and is simply charming! You can download the high-res 3.5" x 5.5" @ 300 ppi JPEG without any watermark here.

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Victorian Fashion: Toilette for the Soirée & Ball (La Mode Illustrée, January 5, 1873)


From my collection of La Mode Illustrée. Black and white illustration of two Victorian ladies dressed for a soirée and a ball, originally published in the January 5, 1873 issue of La Mode Illustrée. The ladies seem to be in deep discussion over a sheet of music - perhaps one of them will be performing at a concert that evening? To download the high-resolution JPEG, click once on the image above to expand, then right-click to save to your computer.

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Victorian Fashion: Ladies in Evening Dresses (Peterson's Magazine, January 1857)

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A fashion illustration from my collection of Peterson's Magazine, January 1857 issue. From the magazine, the description of the dresses are:

On the left, an evening dress of light blue crape with three flounces, the upper one being set in at the waist. These flounces are richly embroidered in floss silk. The corsage is slightly pointed at the back. The berthe is formed of the same material as the dress, and embroidered to correspond with the flounces. The sleeves formed of a puff and narrow ruffle. Head-dress of blue flowers.

On the right, an evening dress of white silk, trimmed with three lace flounces. Each flounce is ornamented with a bouquet of roses and foliage. Corsage of white silk, with a berthe of lace. Puffed sleeves. Hair in bandeaux, intertwined with a string of pearls.

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Victorian Household: Children in the Playroom 1 (La Mode Illustreé, December 7, 1873)

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From my collection of La Mode Illustrée, December 7, 1873 issue. Marvellously detailed illustration of a group of Victorian children at play. Three young girls are playing with baby dolls in the foreground while an older girl in the background fusses with a doll wearing a wedding dress. One little boy is feinting with his toy sword as his older brother admires himself in the looking glass, a brave general dressed in regimental regalia.

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Victorian Fashion: Wedding Party Toilette (La Mode Illustreé, December 21, 1873)

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A Victorian family preparing a couple of brides for their wedding ceremony from the December 21, 1873 issue of La Mode Illustreé.

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20 volumes of La Mode Illustrée to digitize!


Okay, I've bought huge lots of antique books from eBay before but this is the...biggest one ever! 20, yes, TWENTY bound volumes of full-year La Mode Illustrée magazines ranging from 1873 to 1903 - the originals, not reproductions. These books are huge, measuring approximately 15" x 11" bound - over 120 pounds of books that were shipped to me all the way from a dealer in Ireland! Swoon. With gorgeous illustrations of Victorian and Edwardian fashion on almost every single page, my rough calculation is that I have at least 25,000 images on my hands! What am I going to do with these? I haven't quite decided yet. I'm not even sure where to begin digitizing! As problems go, this is a very nice one to have, don't you think? :)

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