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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