Printable Victorian Trade Cards (VTC): Vintage Advertising for Austen's Forest Flower Cologne

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Victorian trade card for Austen's Forest Flower Cologne, 19thc. Printable high-res JPEGs - https://bit.ly/3UZXnRP. | #19thcentury #artnouveau #ephemera #illustration #oldpaper #vintageadvertising

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The great hall was shimmering in light,
sun streaming from the open windows, and ablaze with colour,
the walls decorated with embroidered hangings in rich shades of gold and crimson.
New rushes had been strewn about, fragrant with lavender, sweet woodruff, and balm...
the air was... perfumed with honeysuckle and violet,
their seductive scents luring in from the gardens
butterflies as blue as the summer sky.
Sharon Kay Penman, Devil's Brood

First-generation digital scan of a Victorian trade card from the late 19th century, produced by T. Kingsford, a successor to W. J. Austen & Co., a perfumer from Oswego, New York.

The front of the card shows a winged meadow pixie holding a basket of violets or forget-me-nots, of which she is handing out in bunches. The back of the card extols the virtues of Austen's Forest Flower Cologne, a "new triple extract combining the most delicate and fragrant odors known."

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Printable Vintage Fashion Illustration: Two Edwardian Ladies Gazing Out to Sea, 1904

I must be a mermaid, Rango.
I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.
Anais Nin

Look at that sea, girls ― all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen.
We couldn't enjoy its loveliness any more
if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.
Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Two antique illustrations of Edwardian ladies standing on the shore, gazing out to the sea; originally published in 1904. From my personal collection of La Mode Illustrée. Free high-res 8" x 8" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Printable Antique Fashion Illustration: Victorian Lady in Head Dress of Gros Grain Ribbon, 1873

Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears,
for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.
I was better after I had cried, than before
― more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

The point of life isn't to avoid pain. The point of life is to be alive!
To feel things. That means the good and the bad. There'll be pain.
But also joy, and friendship and love. And it's worth it, believe me.
John Stephens, The Fire Chronicle

A fashion history illustration of a Victorian lady wearing a head dress of gros grain ribbon; scanned from my collection of antique Harper's Bazar magazines. Originally published in 1873.

To download the free, high-res 6" x 7.5" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark, please click here. Can be used in mixed-media collage art, junk journaling, papercrafts, and scrapbooking projects or simply print and use as a gift tag or greeting card.

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Printable Vintage Fashion Illustration: Romantic Renaissance Lace Two Ways, 1904

I was smiling yesterday,I am smiling today and I will smile tomorrow.
Simply because life is too short to cry for anything.
Santosh Kalwar, Quote Me Everyday

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway,
the good they do is inconceivable.
Joseph Addison

Two ways to incorporate romantic Renaissance lace, one in an attractive collar, another to embellish a parasol; originally published in 1904. From my personal collection of La Mode Illustrée. Free high-res 9" x 6" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Free Printable Vintage Art: The Daughters of Our Empire. England: The Primrose by Edwin Long

The Daughters of Our Empire. England: The Primrose, 1887
by Edwin Long (1829–1891)

Different from all other essences in the world the smell
of primroses has a sweetness that is faint and tremulous,
and yet possesses a sort of tragic intensity.
There exists in this flower, its soft petals, its cool, crinkled leaves,
its pinkish stalk that breaks at a touch, something which seems able to pour
its whole self into the scent it flings on the air.
Other flowers have petals that are fragrant. The primrose has something more than that.
The primrose throws its very life into this essence of itself
which travels upon the air.
John Cowper Powys, A Glastonbury Romance

Sources:
[1] Original image from Wikimedia Commons
[2] A short description of the painting and the model (American heiress Jennie Jerome,
mother of prime minister Sir Winston Churchill) by Yale Center for British Art
[3] A short article of the artist Edwin Long
[4] The Real Victorian's enhanced version of the painting (seen above),
downloadable as a 6" x 9" @ 300 ppi JPEG

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Printable Vintage Fashion Illustration: An Unexpected Meeting, 1904

Sometimes people surprise us. People we believe we know.
Joyce Carol Oates, The Falls

Sometimes, however, it is better to play
the most capricious, unpredictable move.
Robert Greene

An unexpected meeting in the city; originally published in 1904. From my personal collection of La Mode Illustrée. Free high-res 8" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Printable Antique Fashion Illustration: Victorian Lady in Knit Jacket, 1873

You will be one of the menders of this world;
not the makers, nor yet the breakers,
just one of the menders.
Rosemary Sutcliff, The Witch's Brat

I ... am left with the lingering feeling
that the places we go in our minds to find comfort
have little to do with where our bodies go.
Christina Baker Kline, A Piece of the World

Victorian lady in knitted and crochet white zephyr worsted jacket from 1873. Found in my personal collection of La Mode Illustrée. You can download the high-res 11" x 8" @ 300 ppi JPEGs without a watermark here.

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Printable Vintage Fashion Illustration: Victorian Birthday Party, 1857

May today be the best birthday of your life,
I give you my heart as the most precious gift I can give you
and I promise I always will love you.
Oscar Auliq-Ice

Forget your voice, sing!
Forget your feet, dance!
Forget your life, live!
Forget yourself and be!
Kamand Kojouri

Vintage fashion illustration of a Victorian family dressed in the fanciest fashions to celebrate a special occasion. Originally published in 1857.

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Printable Fashion History Illustration: Victorian Lady in Belle Époque Promenade Dress, 1893

Belief in yourself is more important than
endless worries of what others think of you.
Value yourself and others will value you.
Validation is best that comes from within.
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Dreams in a Time of War

To be around someone whose self-confidence is more
than what our first glance led us to expect is seductive.
Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone

A self-confident Victorian lady standing on a balcony with beautiful ironwork, observing the scene below her with great interest. Originally published in 1893. You can download the 6" x 10.5" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Printable Vintage Fashion Illustrations: Edwardian Ladies in Promenade Costumes, 1904 (Set 3)

If you are losing your leisure, look out!
— It may be you are losing your soul.
Virginia Woolf

That’s the place to get to — nowhere.
One wants to wander away from the world’s somewheres, into our own nowhere.
D.H. Lawrence, Women in Love

Two vintage fashion illustrations from 1904 showing Edwardian ladies dressed in promenade costumes. Original black and white engraving is from my personal collection of antique La Mode Illustrée magazines.

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Printable Vintage Fashion Illustration: Victorian Ladies in Evening Gowns, 1857

...and the evening was so beautiful,
that it made a pain in my heart,
as when you cannot tell wether you are happy or sad;
and I thought that if I could have a wish,
it would be that nothing would ever change,
and we would stay that way forever.
Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace

Vintage fashion illustration of two Victorian ladies in dazzlingly beautigul evening gowns. They are enjoying a quiet moment in front of a mirrored mantle. Originally published in 1857.

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Printable Vintage Fashion Illustration: Victorian Ladies by the Sea, 1892

When you are joyful, when you say yes to life
and have fun and project positivity all around you,
you become a sun in the center of every constellation,
and people want to be near you.
Shannon L. Alder

Grey rocks, and greyer sea,
And surf along the shore ―
And in my heart a name
My lips shall speak no more.
Charles G.D. Roberts

Vintage fashion illustration of two Victorian ladies on a seaside sojourn; originally published in 1892. Scanned from my personal collection of antique La Mode Illustrée magazines.

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Printable Vintage Fashion Illustration: Edwardian Family on Holiday in the South of France, 1904

“I don't want to go to Peru.”
“How do you know? You've never been there.”
“I've never been to hell either and I'm pretty sure I don't want to go there.”
Richard Paul Evans, The Sunflower

Edwardian family holidaying in the south of France, 1904; from my personal collection of La Mode Illustrée. Free high-res 8" x 8" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Printable Vintage Fashion Illustration: Victorian Ladies wit a Book and a Letter, 1892

We read to know we're not alone.
William Nicholson, Shadowlands: A Play

The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.
Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Vintage fashion illustrations from 1892 showing Victorian ladies with a book (left), and with a letter (right). Scanned from my personal collection of antique La Mode Illustrée magazines.

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Printable Fashion History Illustration: Edwardian Ladies by the River, 1904

When we feel lost in time,
with only shadows of the past living in our mind;
when the moment, which “was", no longer "is” and when only silence remains,
loads of questions arise. We can cry a river or we may wonder: “What went wrong?”
Erik Pevernagie

Edwardian ladies resting after a walk by the river; from 1904. Bonus illustration of an Edwardian lady with a veiled hat in the upper left side of the magazine page; from my personal collection of La Mode Illustrée. You can download the high-res 8" x 12" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Printable Antique Sheet Music: Sérénade de Rosella, 1893

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
That strain again! it had a dying fall:
O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound,
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odour! Enough; no more:
'Tis not so sweet now as it was before.
O spirit of love! how quick and fresh art thou,
That, notwithstanding thy capacity
Receiveth as the sea, nought enters there,
Of what validity and pitch soe'er,
But falls into abatement and low price,
Even in a minute: so full of shapes is fancy
That it alone is high fantastical.
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

19th century sheet music, originally published in 1893. The arrangement is called "Sérénade de Rosells" with lyrics by Paul Demaria and music by G. Marietti. You can download the 8" x 8" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Printable Fashion History Illustration: Three Victorian Ladies in Belle Époque Promenade Dresses, 1893

The dust was antique spice, burnt maple leaves,
a prickling blue that teemed and sifted to earth.
Swarming its own shadows, the dust filtered over the tents.
Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes

Three Victorian ladies, one seated reading a printed programme, the other two standing on either side of her. They seem to be at a carnival or perhaps at the races. You can download the 8" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustration: Edwardian Children with a Book and a Doll, 1904

The saints, too, had wandering minds.
The saints, too, had constantly to recall their constantly wandering mind-child home.
They became saints because they continued to go after the little wanderer,
like the Good Shepherd.
Peter Kreeft, Prayer for Beginners

Two Edwardian children, the older one with a book, the younger one with a doll; from 1904. Scanned from my personal collection of La Mode Illustrée. Free high-res 5" x 7" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustrations: Edwardian Ladies in Two Outfits for the Outdoors, 1904

Take a walk outside ―
it will serve you far more than pacing around in your mind.
Rasheed Ogunlaru

Two Edwardian ladies in outfits for the outdoors, 1904; from my personal collection of La Mode Illustrée. Free high-res 10" x 8.5" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustration: Victorian Ladies with Belle Époque Veils, 1872

Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward,
I could never stop thinking that maybe
she loved mysteries so much that she became one.
John Green, Paper Towns

Victorian ladies in two types of veils from 1872, surrounded by a pretty floral border. Found in my personal collection of La Mode Illustrée. Free high-res 8" x 8" @ 300 ppi JPEGs without a watermark here.

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustration: Edwardian Ladies on Holiday in the South of France, 1904

"I've got such a lovely feeling," said Lucy-Ann, looking the picture of happiness.
"You know - that feeling you get at the very beginning of a lovely holiday
– when all the days spread out before you, sunny and lazy and sort of enchanted."
Enid Blyton, The Sea of Adventure

Edwardian ladies holidaying in the south of France, 1904; from my personal collection of La Mode Illustrée. Free high-res 7" x 8" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Free Printable Vintage Art: Sweetpeas by George Dunlop Leslie

Sweetpeas, 19th century
by George Dunlop Leslie (1835–1921)

I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide.
And everywhere I went, the world was on my side.
Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

Sources:
[1] Original image from Wikimedia Commons
[2] A short article on the artist, George Dunlop Leslie
[3] The Real Victorian's enhanced version of the painting (seen above),
downloadable as a 4" x 5" @ 300 ppi JPEG

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

Come and see us if you feel like it. I always expect people to ask themselves.
Life is too short to send out invitations.
Daphne du Maurier

It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world.
It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.
L.R. Knost, Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages

A vintage fashion history illustration from 1892 showing two Victorian ladies and a young girl, all dressed in the latest Parisian styles. One of the ladies seems to be heading out the door, her outfit accessorized with a veiled hat and a parasol. Scanned from my personal collection of antique La Mode Illustrée magazines.

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