This immensely practical archive of vintage illustrations not only offers a wonderful window on the goods and merchandise of a bygone era, but is an absolute treasure trove of easily reproducible graphic art as well.
Some 2,300 cuts, culled from such rare 19th century periodicals, have been organized in convenient categories: clothes, furniture, kitchenware, toys and games, musical instruments, stationery supplies, domestic accessories and much more.
Among the images are detailed and highly reproducible illustrations of fans, corset, toiletry kits, jewelry, roller skates, a baby carriage, bicycle and baseball gloves; of a pencil sharpener, crayons, fountain pen, typewriter, drafting tools, compass and microscope; and of a feather duster, parasol, small table with smoking paraphernalia, high-topped "storm slippers"and hundreds of other objects.
For today's artist, advertisers and craftspeople, this comprehensive compendium not only offers immediately usable, copyright-free images, but an inexhaustible supply of design inspiration as well. For nostalgia enthusiasts, cultural historians and lovers of Victoriana, these authentic illustrations invite hours of delightful browsing.
122 pages. English text. B&W. Softcover. Published & Bind in USA.