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vintage illustration


Friday Fance: Butterflies & absinthe

19 March, 2010

This photograph of Edwardian actress Phyllis Monkman is breathtakingly beautiful. I wish I had a costume like that to muck around in!

I’m not a huge ice cream fan, but I adore how this has been displayed. The flavours include: black sesame, lanvender, melon, sweet adzuki bean, green tea and miso. Photo by M Harrison.

I love posters from the turn of the century, and this one in particular is gorgeous. You can check out more at Le Musee Virtuel de l’Absinthe.

I’m always so excited when businesses go with amazing typography, design and techniques for their branding. Brooklyn bar Franklin Park has its signage stenciled on a wall in “the yard”. I love it.

Similarly, new wedding ideas also make me happy! My sister is getting married later this year so I’ve got an eye out for great ideas for simple table decoration. Photo by Oh Happy Day.


Fanciful Friday

14 August, 2009

• I’m not sure how I came across The Chintz of Darkness but they post some incredible photographs and illustrations, and have a very funny blog name. If you like ye olde home decor and curious knick knacks and whatsits, you’ll love this blog.

• I really like the hair styling on Zac Posen‘s fall collection. It’d be quite easy to DIY too!

• When I was younger I read my mother’s Vogues and pretended I knew what was going on. In one of them they did a huge profile on Anna Piaggi, and I thought she was just the most amazing looking person I’d ever come across. She is one of my fancy lady icons!

• I love shoulder ruffles like this one, made by OutsaPop Trashion. The OutsaPop blog is amazing for inspiration and ideas!

• Jeremy Clarkson ~~be still my beating heart~~ fancies up a Mercedes S Class and calls it “Anne Hathaway’s Cottage”. I think he is totes secretly fancy, to the point that he’d completely stuff up an awesome car in the name of fanciness.

Post links to your fancy things!!! (Or blog about them and link in the comments, if you like!)

Vintage Awesome

How to shock yourself

27 March, 2009

This is from a book called “Elektroschutz in 132 Bildern” (Electrical protection in 132 pictures) posted by Bre Pettis. I love old illustrations like this, and the context just seems almost ridiculous these days but I suspect it would have been a huge factor in mortality back in the day ;)


The time I nearly lost my purse to Rackham

12 May, 2008

When I posted my entry about the beautiful Amelie’s Petite Maison, I mentioned the Eumundi Markets and the story that I had to tell about our visit on that particular trip. On our visits to the Sunshine Coast, we seem to have fallen in to the habit of checking out the markets and luckily for us, we were staying mid-week so we could scope out the Wednesday morning market action. The markets are awesome, with lots of local makers, bakers, growers and sellers, and they totally beat any market I’ve seen happening in Brisbane for sheer scale and quality of the items available.

On this particular Wednesday morning, my husband (that’s still weird!) and I had strolled through almost the whole markets without spending very much, as we’d totally blasted our credit card and available cash money in the lead up to the wedding. And then I clapped my eyes on an amazing colour plate from an early Snugglepot and Cuddlepie printing, and it was all over.

Aleta Jansen, proprietor of awesome vintage ephemera
Aleta Jansen with a stunningly framed Tenniel illustration of the White Rabbit.

I spent the first five minutes gasping at everything I lay my eyes on… there were illustrations from so many children’s books that I grew up with (vintage books that belonged to my mother and my aunties and uncles). I was literally biting my knuckle as the proprietor, Aleta, came up to greet me. We struck up an amazing conversation with both of us talking about beautiful books and artists and illustrations. She kept tempting me with illustrations, like the beautiful Beardsley pieces; however when she found out about my love for Alice in Wonderland, my Achilles heel had been struck.

On the back wall were Arthur Rackham illustrations from the 1907 printing of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I am pretty tough, but tears sprung to my eyes! Rackham’s illustrations have entranced me for the longest time. Unfortunately, we just didn’t have the cash to buy one of these beautiful pieces that were framed so lovingly however, there were a few smaller (and again, wonderfully framed) Alice pieces by John Tenniel from 1910, and while I don’t have the same emotional connection with Tenniel, they illustrate key points of the Wonderland story that have played in my mind since childhood.

These two illustrations from CHAPTER VIII: The Queen’s Croquet-Ground were the pieces we ended up buying. Ever since I was a kid, I was entranced by the thought of a woman who could intimidate people so much that they’d literally paint white roses red just to make her happy; and of course, the croquet match itself, with the flamingos and hedgehogs – we played mock croquet for our wedding photos, so I had to choose this one as well!

Aleta and her husband were in the process of putting up a website in order to sell her wonderful collection of ephemera, so I had wanted to hold out until was online before posting this entry. I checked again tonight, and they have put up a front page so hopefully this means a fully functional site is not too far away. Please bookmark it and check back in the future, because she has a formidable wealth of knowledge about books and illustration, and is very skilled at tracking specific things down for her clients.

Let it also be a lesson to those of us who have had very old books in our possession with delicious illustrations from the ye olde times, but let them fall into disrepair or thrown them out. You could’ve been sitting on a goldmine! Indeed the early printings of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are worth a mint!


Take a peek at my Mum’s card collection!

16 January, 2008

I am really super duper stupid busy right now with freelance, commissions, wedding planning etc. I thought I’d be nice and post some vintage ephemera for you all to enjoy!

My mum has an awesome collection of all the cards she has ever been given. From her birth til now – including her 21st birthday cards and wedding and engagement cards. She got them all out for me yesterday and I snapped some pictures with my phone camera. I grew up being influenced by illustrations like these!!! I just wanted to be able to share these pretty cards with everyone, because I’ve always loved them.

Mum's Card Stash

Mum's Card Stash

Mum's Card Stash

Mum's Card Stash

Mum's Card Stash

Mum's Card Stash
This is one of the most special things in there. It’s a card, hand screen printed, by one of mum and dad’s friends Sieg.

Mum's Card Stash
He also made this mulberry paper himself! It was used to wrap their engagement present. I nearly wet my pants when I saw it yesterday, it’s in such nice condition!

Unfortunately, mum has stuck all these cards in the scrap book, which means they aren’t in mint condition, which is sad :(

If you want to see more, head on over to the set on flickr.


The Future Was Awesome!

10 September, 2007

I just stumbled across these gorgeous illustrations of the year 2000 as drawn in 1910, by way of Paleo-Future. The National Library of France credits these to Villemard, and though they seem laughable at first, when you think about it they’re not far off the mark if you replace the clothing, architecture and technologies with more recent ones.

At School

I was going to be a teacher until I actually started teaching. I saw schools cramming information into kids’ heads and I saw those kids struggling with that. Why can’t we teach them what they want to know, of things they have an actual aptitude for?!

Correspondence Cinema

This one is easy. Web cams?! Video phones?! The future is here… unfortunately ;)

Hearing The Newspaper

We not only have screen readers for visually impaired computer users but pod casts as well!

Phonographic Message

My very own personal bane – voice messages and telephones… ugh!

A Curiosity

I honestly can’t remember the last time I saw a horse in its natural environment. They’re trotted out (ha!) for entertainment these days rather than utilised as transportation or simply left to their own free will.

A Rescue

In Australia we have the Royal Flying Doctor Service for rural areas, as well as the CareFlight Group – a helicopter based service for coastal and sea search and rescue missions.

A Chemical Dinner

Of all the illustrations, this rung true the most. We live in an age wherein most of us have no idea where our food is sourced from. Most of it is bog full of chemicals, colouring, preservatives and flavour enhancers. It’s kind of ridiculous if you reflect on it for too long, and makes you more than a little paranoid about what you put in your mouth!