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Antique Botanical Illustration for Collage, Crafts, Scrapbooking or Wall Art: Blue Lily from 1800

“Blue thou art, intensely blue;
Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue?”
James Montgomery

A digitally restored and enhanced antique illustration of a blue lily (African agapanthus or Agapanthus umbellatus) from an 1800 botanical magazine. You can download the free high-resolution 6" x 9" @ 300 ppi JPEG here. Can be used as a journal cover, in a greeting card project or simply print and frame to enjoy as wall art.

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Vintage Outdoor Illustration for Collage or Junk Journaling : A Family Gathering in the Garden 1

"Family life is a bit like a runny peach pie,
not perfect, but who’s complaining?”
Robert Brault

A rather odd illustration originally published in 1892. A family is gathered outdoors in the garden. Can you spot the peculiarities in the group of children on the right side of the picture? You can download the high-res 12" x 12" @ 300 ppi illustration without a watermark for collage or junk journal projects here.

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Victorian Art Appreciation: Fond Memories by Raimundo de Madrazo

Fond Memories 
by Raimundo de Madrazo (1841 - 1920)

Portrait of a young lady smiling with delight as she recalls the happy memories that have been captured in her photo album. I found the reproduction by Google Art Project here but you can also download my colour-enhanced version (8.5" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG) without a watermark here. I thought this would be wonderful as a cover for a journal or a scrapbook but you could also use it in a greeting card project.

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Botanical Illustration for Crafts or Graphic Design: Varieties of Summer and Autumn Berries (Fruit Clipart)

Antique engravings from an 1890 manual of plants. This page shows a variety of summer and fall-bearing berries: blackberry, Early Harvest; dewberry, Lucretia; blackberry, Wilson, Jr.; black raspberry, Tyler; and raspberry, The Hansell. Ideal for recipe cards; childhood, summer and food-themed scrapbooking, plus many other graphic design projects.

You can download the high-res 8.25" x 12" @ 300 ppi JPEG 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 Illustration: Promenade Costume for Spring (Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine, May 1875)

A black and white fashion illustration from the May 1875 edition of Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine. The following is a description of the two costumes:

(Left)
Costume of light-brown silk alpace, trimmed with black Lyons silk. The front of the skirt is trimmed step-ladder fashion with bias silk bands, about one and a half inches wide, while the back breadths are encircled with four narrow overlapping flounces, headed with a similar silk band. These are framed with a ruche of the alpace, laid on in waves from waist to foot. The overskirt has the short pointed fronts, draped onto the long bouffant back-breadths by a bow of black ribbon, the points being edged with a narrow flounce and silk band. Close-fitting cuirass corsage, pointed front and back, and trimmed the same as the front of overskirt. The sleeves are coat-shaped, ornamented with a black silk cuff, on which is placed a black ribbon bow, encircled with lace. A band of the silk, edged with a down-falling flounce of the alpace and an upstanding frill of cambric decorates the neck, closed on the bust by a black ribbon bow. Black chip hat, trimmed with light brown and blue ribbons, and a blue feather.

(Right)
Promenade costume of black silk and French gray Summer cashmere. The silk skirt is trimmed with a gathered flounce, measuring in depth eight inches in front and twelve behind, surmounted with two wide and closely laid bands, piped on the edges. The overskirt and postilion basque are of the cashmere, edged with camels' hair fringe. The former is draped below the tournure, designing it as an apron, the looped sashes falling onto the silk flounce. Surmounting the fringe, on both the overskirt and basque, is a wide cashmere fold with a heavy rouleau of black silk, laid on through the centre; and a flaring black silk collar, deeper behind than in front, completes the neck. Muslin ruff and undersleeves. Hat of French gray chip, trimmed with black ribbon, and two ostrich tips - rose pink and gray.

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Victorian Art Appreciation: La Joie des choses by Armand Point


La Joie des choses/The joy of things, 1884
by Armand Point (1860 - 1932)

Painting of a young lady walking through a sunlit field with an expression of quiet happiness on her face as she gently runs her fingers through the soft, nodding heads of wildflowers along her path. I love the bright splash of orange ribbon around the straw hat that she is carrying in her right hand. It really stands out against the mainly muted colours in the rest of the painting. I found the original file on Wikimedia here but you can also download my colour-enhanced version (5" x 7" @ 300 ppi JPEG) without a watermark here. Great as a cover for a journal or a scrap book but you could also use it as a note or greeting card.

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Vintage Illustrated Template: Rain Pictures with Young Victorian Lady Sheltering under a Tree

The richness of the rain made me feel safe and protected;
I have always considered the rain to be healing—a blanket—the comfort of a friend.
Without at least some rain in any given day,
or at least a cloud or two on the horizon, I feel overwhelmed by the information of sunlight
and yearn for the vital, muffling gift of falling water.
Douglas Coupland, Life After God

A pre-made template featuring an antique illustration of a young Victorian lady waiting with her umbrella under a tree for the rain to pass. You can use this as a background for your creative collage, junk journal or graphic design projects with a nature or outdoor theme.

You can download the high-resolution 11" x 8.5" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Victorian Trade Cards (VTCs) with Spring Flowers: Baskets of Forget-Me-Nots and Snowdrops

A pair of Victorian trade cards from circa 1890 with illustrations of spring flowers. The first shows a basket of blue forget-me-nots while the other contains a basket of snowdrops. Can be used as vintage-style greeting cards and gift tags or for decorating scrapbook pages and junk journals. You can download the high-res 4" x 6.5" @ 300 ppi JPEGs without a watermark here and here.

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Public Domain Victorian Poem for Nature Lovers: In Garden-land by Augusta Hancock


A Victorian poem in celebration of nature, written by Augusta Hancock in 1893. Here is the poem in full:

IN GARDEN-LAND
In the garden-land of Nature
The smiling daisies blow,
With hearts kissed gold by sunshine,
And lips like winter snow;
The little winds play o'er them,
And dewdrops from above
Rest on them with the nightfall,
Like sparkling crowns of love.

On the misty slopes of sky-land
When sunlight ebbs away,
The daisy-stars of Heaven
Unfold as fades the day;
On sapphire banks they open,
Each set in radiant light --
The flowerets of the angels
That watch the livelong night.

In the world of busy workers,
'Mid turmoil and 'mid strife,
Are seen sweet girlish faces,
Like flowers that brighten life,
Their songs ring through our sadness,
Their laughter fills the air --
God's daisies fresh and heaven-sent
To blossom everywhere.

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Public Domain Victorian Poem for the Nursery: A Song from Mother to Daughter (Kid's Poetry, 1879)

Here is the poem in full:

Play, baby, in thy cradle play --
Tick goes the clock, tick-tick, tick-tick;
And quick goes time, quick, quick!
Grow, baby, grow, with every day --
Tick goes the clock, tick-tick, tick-tick;
And babyhood will pass away,
For quick goes time, quick, quick!

Not long can mother watch thee so --
Tick goes the clock, tick-tick, tick-tick;
And quick goes time, quick, quick!
To pretty girlhood thou wilt grow --
Tick goes the clock, tick-tick, tick-tick;
To womanhood, before we know,
For quick goes time, quick, quick!

Play, baby, in thy cradle play --
Tick goes the clock, tick-tick, tick-tick;
And quick goes time, quick, quick!
And some brave lad will come some day --
Tick goes the clock, tick-tick, tick-tick;
And steal my baby's heart away;
Ah, quick goes time, quick, quick!

You can download the full version of the poem as it was originally printed here. Lovely as a framed print but can also be used in a Mother's Day card or baby album.

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Victorian Fashion Illustration: Lady in Steampunk Style Hussar Jacket from October 1897


Antique black and white fashion illustration from an October 1897 issue of The Delineator. The dressy top-garment here shown elegantly made of velvet and miroir moiré is an Eton jacket or coat fashionably known as the Hussar jacket. It is closely fitted by a center seam, underarm gores and single bust darts and is closed invisibly at the center of the front, where the lower edge is becomingly pointed. The fronts are elaborately trimmed with jet passementerie and the wrists of the coat sleeves are decorated to match. Over the coat sleeves, circular bell sleeves, box-plaited at the top, hang in large flutes and are trimmed with two knife-plaited ruffles of chiffon. Chiffon is also formed in a stylish ruche that is arranged about the flaring Medici collar and secured at the throat with ribbon ties. The felt braid hat is low-crowned and is trimmed with tips, a bird of Paradise aigrette and a silk rosette.

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Victorian Fashion Illustration: Hairdressing Styles by W.J. Barker from 1875


A page from from Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine from 1875 showing the newest hairdressing styles (mostly consisting of elaborate braids) by W.J. Barker located at 36, Twenty-Ninth Street (four doors west of Broadway) in New York City. To download a free, high-res 8.5" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark, please click here.

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Vintage Outdoor Illustration: Three Generations of Edwardians in the Garden, 1904


Three generations of Edwardians - a grandmother, mother, and two children - gather together in the spring garden for a Mother's Day celebration. You can download the high-res 8" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for Mother's Day card, collage or craft projects here.

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Vintage Art Nouveau Template for Garden Journal or Card Making: Belle Époque Sundial with Old-Fashioned Hollyhocks

An art nouveau style illustration from a vintage postcard dated December 27, 1916. I love the depiction of the sundial and hollyhocks underneath a shady tree. It is such a quintessential cottage garden scene. I think this would make a really pretty greeting or invitation card but you could also use it as a background for journaling or scrapbooking. You can download the high-res 7" x 5" @ 300 ppi JPEG without any words here.

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Vintage Fashion Illustrations: A Quartet of Victorian Ladies in Fancy Hats (Set 1)


Four black and white illustrations of Victorian ladies wearing fancy bonnets and hats from 1875. Can be used in crafts or junk journals, as stamping graphics or to embellish cards and scrapbook pages. You can download the high-res 8" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG here.

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Victorian Trade Cards (VTCs): Linden Bloom Perfume Ad with Young Girl Blowing Soap Bubbles

First-generation digital scan of a Victorian trade card from the late 19th century, produced by Foote and Jenks, perfumers from Jackson, Michigan. The front of the card shows a young Victorian girl holding a tea cup and blowing soap bubbles while the back of the card extols the virtues of the various perfumes and powders sold by the company. You can download the high-res 4" x 6" @ 300 ppi JPEGs without a watermark for crafts or junk journal projects here (front) and here (back).

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Printable Public Domain Victorian Sheet Music: Pompadour Galop (Young Ladies' Journal, July 1, 1886)


A page of Victorian sheet music, originally published in the July 1, 1886 issue of the Young Ladies' Journal. The arrangement is called "The Pompadour Galop" and was composed specifically for the publication by James Fitzgerald. You can download the high-res 6" x 9" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Public Domain Victorian Children's Fantasy Poem: The Toll-Gate (Poetry for Kids)


This little poem, entitled "The Toll-Gate" was written and illustrated by Rudolph F. Bunner (1860 - 1931), a noted illustrator and painter. It was originally published in the December 1895 issue of St. Nicholas Magazine. Here is how it goes:

There is a toll-gate hidden away,
Half in the fields, and half in the trees,
Where the children, the elves, and the fairies stray,
With footsteps facing the twilight breeze.

The fairies and elves can pass through free,
But a child must pay for the toll with a song,
Before the fairy land it can see,
And this must be said, or it all goes wrong:

"I believe in the Three Little Bears,
And the Prince that climbed the Mountain of Glass,
And I know how the Wild Swan's sister fares, --
So open the gate and let me pass."

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


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


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 Fashion Illustrations: Edwardian Ladies in Floral Frames 1

"I would always rather be happy than dignified."
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

"Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade since it consists principally of dealings with men."
Joseph Conrad, Chance

Two black and white illustrations that originally appeared in a 1904 issue of French fashion magazine, La Mode Illustreé. These antique graphics show profiles of Edwardian woman enclosed within a floral frame (I think the flowers are yellow tansy). One is wearing a hat and the other seems to be deep in thought. You can download the free high-res 14" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for crafts, junk journals or mixed media art projects here.

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Printable Public Domain Nursery Rhyme: Sing a Song of Sixpence


An illustrated version (from 1883) of "Sing a Song of Sixpence," an old nursery rhyme that probably dates back to the 18th century. This printable sheet music with scenes from the song can be used as a gift wrap, in a decoupage creation or to embellish scrapbooking and graphic design projects. You can download this free high-res 8" x 12" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Victorian Fashion Illustrations: Victorian Ladies in Fancy Hats from 1892


"Life is like a new hat. You don't know if it suits you
if you keep trying it on in front of your own mirror."
Shirley McLaine

A partial page from an 1892 issue of French fashion magazine, La Mode Illustrée that shows three styles of hats for Victorian ladies. You can download a free high-res JPEG without a watermark for crafts, scrapbooking and other graphic design projects here.

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Victorian Wedding Illustration: A Bridal Party (from January 1867)

"What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life –
to strength each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?"
George Eliot

A Victorian wedding illustration from January 1867. The image shows a bride and her three attendants as they wait for her to walk through the church doors and down the aisle. The bride has donned a luxurious cape with ice-blue trimming and lined with richly embroidered lace over her simply cut gown while her mother looks very much the grand matron in elaborately ruffled flounces and bright scarlet. You can download the free high-res 13" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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