Free Vintage Holiday Postcards: Bonne Année (Happy New Year)!

A vintage Bonne Année (Happy New Year) greeting postcard from the early 1900s. This real photo postcard (RPPC) shows a young woman blowing a kiss as she holds a basket of flowers with the words Bonne Année in gold letters below her image. The original sender of the postcard has signed her name (looks like "Cordula") on the upraised arm of the lady in the photo.

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustration for Altered Art, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Victorian Ladies with Fans, 1892

If you can learn to stay cool and keep thinking,
you’ll figure out what you need to do.
Vincent H. O'Neil, A Pause in the Perpetual Rotation

A vintage fashion history illustration from 1892 showing two Victorian ladies, one holding a large folding fan and the other holding a little paddle fan. Scanned from my personal collection of antique La Mode Illustrée magazines.

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Food History: 19th Century American Recipes for Spanish Buns, Sponge Cake and Seed Cake (from 1866)

Three 19th century American dessert recipes for Spanish buns, sponge cake and seed cake, all from an 1866 issue of Peterson's Magazine. The Spanish buns sound quite boozy, with generous portions of wine and brandy, and flavoured with rose-water and currants. You can download the free, high-res 8” x 8” @ 300 ppi recipe card here. Can be used as a gift tag, dinner invitation, place card or in junk journal and scrapbooking projects.

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Free Printable Vintage Illustration for Mixed-Media Collage, Journaling, Papercrafts or Wall Art: The First Step, 1866

If you are loath to take the first step, you will never get anywhere.
Tomáš Gavlas, Karlaz: The Way of Freedom

To move forward, one must take the first step.
Chase S.M. Neill

A black and white engraving from an 1866 issue of Peterson's Magazine. This antique illustration shows a a Victorian toddler taking his first step, arms outstretched towards his mother, with a little push from his grandmother (or nurse?).The original caption that appeared with the picture was "The First Step."

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Food History: 19th Century American Holiday Recipe for Pommes au Riz (from 1866)

A 19th century American cookery recipe for Pommes au Riz from an 1866 issue of Peterson's Magazine. This looks like a delicious apple-flavoured rice pudding, a pleasantly light dessert or snack after heavier holiday fare. You can download the free, high-res 8” x 6” @ 300 ppi recipe card here. Can be used as a gift tag, dinner invitation, place card or in junk journal and scrapbooking projects.

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustration for Altered Art, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Travel and Visiting Costumes, 1892

The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A vintage fashion history illustration from 1892 showing three Victorian ladies standing in the parlor of a house, wearing travel and visiting costumes. A fourth lady is seated in the middle of the room, in a more relaxed at-home dress, lightly conversing with a little girl on her lap. Scanned from my personal collection of antique La Mode Illustrée magazines.

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Food History: 19th Century American Holiday Recipe for An Excellent Family Plum Pudding (from 1866)

A 19th century American holiday recipe for "an excellent family plum pudding" from an 1866 issue of Peterson's Magazine. Seems to be a deliciously rich dessert, a perfect ending to a any holiday celebration. You can download the free, high-res 8” x 6” @ 300 ppi recipe card here. Can be used as a gift tag, dinner invitation, place card or in junk journal and scrapbooking projects.

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustration for Mixed-Media Collage, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: A Very Warm Welcome

Once again...welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely;
and leave something of the happiness you bring.
Bram Stoker

A vintage fashion hstory illustration from 1904 that shows a trio of Edwardian ladies giving a warm welcome to two Edwardian ladies as they arrive in the grand foyer of a house. Original black and white engraving is from my personal collection of antique La Mode Illustrée magazines.

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Food History: 19th Century American Holiday Recipe for Mince-meat (from 1866)

A 19th century American holiday recipe for mince-meat from an 1866 issue of Peterson's Magazine. Seems to be a favourite dish among many housewives at that time, with a good mixture of meat such as boiled ox-tongue, lots of sweet fruit and plenty of alcohol! You can download the free, high-res 8” x 6” @ 300 ppi recipe card here. Can be used as a gift tag, dinner invitation, place card or in junk journal and scrapbooking projects.

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Free Printable Fashion History Card for Collage, Journaling, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: The Josephine Evening Dress, 1872

It is easy to decide on what is wrong to wear to a party, such as deep-sea diving equipment or a pair of large pillows, but deciding what is right is much trickier.
Lemony Snicket

A fashion history illustration of the Josephine evening dress; scanned from my copy of the December 28, 1872 issue of Harper's Bazar. The description of the costume reads:

"This tasteful dress for balls and receptions is of white Chambery gauze. The demi-trained skirt is of white silk, trimmed about the knee with puffs of white gauze furnished by a ruffle. The long plain over-skirt is not looped; its trimmings is a flounce arranged in fluted box-pleats, each pleat being gathered an inch below the top. The Josephine corsage, without points or basque, has a square bertha of gauze puffs. Grape clusters with embrowned leaves on the left shoulder and in front of the corsage; a garland of grapes and foliage is on each side of the upper skirt. A scarf-sash of rose-colored China crape is knotted loosely on the side. The hair is arranged in a Josephine coiffure. Coral and gold jewelry."

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustration for Mixed-Media Collage, Journaling, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Edwardian Ladies After an Alpine Hike

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.
John Muir

A vintage fashion hstory illustration from 1904 that shows a group of Edwardian ladies who have stopped for a rest after a mountain hike. Original black and white engraving is from my personal collection of antique La Mode Illustrée magazines.

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustration for Mixed-Media Collage, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Child's Costume for a Winter Walk, 1892

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently?
And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says,
"Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again."
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass

A French fashion history illustration from 1892 showing a little girl dreassed in fashionable warm clothes for a cold winter's day walk. In one hand she is carrying a muff while in the other she has a walking stick.

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustration for Altered Art, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: A Friendly Visit, 1892

I don’t necessarily sit around inviting life to knock me down, but when it does I don’t wait around for an invitation to stand back up either.
Craig D. Lounsbrough

A vintage fashion history illustration from 1892 showing three Victorian ladies standing in the parlor. Two of the ladies (left and middle) are wearing promenade costumes and seem to have recently popped in to visit the lady of the house (right). Scanned from my personal collection of antique La Mode Illustrée magazines.

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Free Printable Vintage Illustration for Mixed-Media Collage, Journaling, Papercrafts or Wall Art: Victorian Children Playing Blind Man's Buff, 1875

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Mahatma Gandhi

A black and white engraving from an 1875 issue of Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine in my personal collection. This antique illustration shows a group of five Victorian children playing Blind Man's Buff.

Blind man's buff or blind man's bluff is a variant of tag in which the player who is "It" is blindfolded. The traditional name of the game is "blind man's buff," where the word buff is used in its older sense of a small push. A version of the game was played in ancient Greece where it was called "copper mosquito." The game was played in the Tudor period, as there are references to its recreation by Henry VIII's courtiers. It was also a popular parlor game in the Victorian era. The poet Robert Herrick mentions it, along with sundry related pastimes, in his 1624 poem "A New Yeares Gift Sent to Sir Simeon Steward":
That tells of Winters Tales and Mirth,
That Milk-Maids make about the hearth,
Of Christmas sports, the Wassell-boule,
That tost up, after Fox-i' th' hole:
Of Blind-man-buffe, and of the care
That young men have to shooe the Mare
Source: Wikimedia

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19th Century Public Domain Sheet Music: Sérénade Sur L'Eau, 1893

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It's always our self we find in the sea.
e.e. cummings, 100 Selected Poems

Above is the first half of a page of 19th century sheet music, originally published in the November 26, 1893 issue of La Famille. The arrangement is called "Sérénade Sur L'Eau" with lyrics by H. de N. and music by A. Maas. Below is the second half of the page:
You can download both halves in ONE sheet of music as a high-res 8.5" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Free Printable Vintage Illustration for Mixed-Media Collage, Journaling, Papercrafts or Wall Art: In the Park, 1897

It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty
or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him
in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.
John Joseph Powell, The Secret of Staying in Love

A black and white engraving from an 1897 issue of Girl's Own Paper. This antique illustration shows a large group of Victorian women riding their bicycles on a cold, wintry day in the park, with snow on the ground. The ladies seem to be having a merry old time despite the chilly weather.

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustration for Mixed-Media Collage, Journaling, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Edwardian Lady in the Park 2 (1904)

There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.
Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember

A colourful vintage fashion illustration from 1904. This drawing shows a young Edwardian lady in a promenade costume for fall with bands of orange trimming her dress and her hat (also accessorized with orange flowers), and an orange bow to decorate the handle of her parasol. Original fashion history engraving is from my personal collection of antique La Mode Illustrée magazines.

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustration for Altered Art, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Three Widows, 1892

It has been said, "time heals all wounds." I do not agree.
The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity,
covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

A vintage fashion history illustration from 1892 showing three Victorian widows dressed in all-black dresses. The young lady in the middle is holding a wreath, perhaps to lay as tribute on a grave? Scanned from my personal collection of antique magazines.

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustration for Mixed-Media Collage, Journaling, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Gilded Age Hairdressing Styles by W.J. Barker, 1875

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities!
Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers
you cannot be successful or happy.
Norman Vincent Peale

Two different Gilded Age hairstyles from Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine from 1875. These styles were designed by W.J. Barker located at 36, Twenty-Ninth Street (four doors west of Broadway) in New York City.

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustration for Mixed-Media Collage, Journaling, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Portrait of a Victorian Lady in Evening Head-Dress of Wild Roses and Berries

Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride
and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.
Shannon L. Alder

A vintage fashion illustration from November 9, 1872 showing a Victorian lady wearing an evening head-dress. This head-dress consists of a spray of wild roses and berries, with a long drooping vine and a coloured ostrich feather drooping over the front waved hair. Original engraving is from my personal collection of antique Harper's Bazar magazines.

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustration for Mixed-Media Collage, Papercrafts, Scrapbooking or DIY Wall Art: Dressed for a Cold-Weather Outing, 1861

There's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.
Ranulph Fiennes

Antique fashion illustration from a November 1861 issue of Journal des Demoiselles. This vintage engraving shows a mother and two children; the mother and younger child seem to be dressed for a cold weather outing to the park.

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustration for Mixed-Media Collage, Journaling, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Edwardian Lady in the Park 1 (1904)

Movement offers us pleasure, identity, belonging and hope. It puts us in places that are good for us, whether that's outdoors in nature, in an environment that challenges us, or with a supportive community. It allows us to redefine ourselves and reimagine what is possible. It makes social connection easier and self-transcendence possible.
Kelly McGonigal, The Joy of Movement

A vintage fashion hstory illustration from 1904. The drawing shows a young Edwardian lady in a winged hat and carrying a parasol on a brisk walk around the park. The upper part of the portrait is enclosed within a round frame that forms a halo around the lady. I have included a portion of the printed page where this illustration was initially published. Original black and white engraving is from my personal collection of antique La Mode Illustrée magazines.

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustrations for Mixed-Media Collage, Journaling, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Edwardian Children at a Rehearsal (1904)

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

A vintage fashion hstory illustrations from 1904. This image shows a group of three children - two girls and a boy - at a rehearsal (perhaps a dance or a play). Original black and white engraving is from my personal collection of antique La Mode Illustrée magazines.

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustrations for Mixed-Media Collage, Journaling, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Edwardian Ladies in Promenade Costumes 2 (1904)

Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful
for the evolution of your consciousness.
How do you know this is the experience you need?
Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.
Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

A pair of vintage fashion hstory illustrations from 1904. The Edwardian lady on the left is wearing an elaborately ruffled and flounced promenade costume while the Edwardian lady on the right is wearing a simpler, more streamlined walking suit embellished with button and loop closures and swaths of herringbone fabric. Original black and white engravings are from my personal collection of antique La Mode Illustrée magazines.

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