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All genuine newspapers (A3 size) from World War 1 (bought these at Portobello Road Antiques Market, London - it's good to know you still can!). These are dated 1914/1915.

Vintage playing cards: old magazine covers, newspaper headlines and adverts

I'm a bit of a pack rat (as I'm sure you've realised) and often shop at antique shops and fairs, bric-a-brac shops, car boot sales etc. I've also got a bad habit of buying things that catch my eye, without really knowing what I'm going to do with them. Hence this set of cards, which I bought from a little shop on Richmond Hill, Richmond-upon-Thames, around 8 years ago.

The owner told me they're vintage - probably 1920s-30s, but I can't really remember the details - and I can't find anything online either! It's really frustrating...

If anyone recognises these, and what game they are for, do let me know! I think it's a form of Snap or Old Maid, but without a box or instructions, who knows?

In any case, I've put them up for sale on eBay as I'm still frantically de-stashing. I've got around 8 sets of vintage cards in all - Heaven knows what I was intending to do with them all!

Meantime, you're welcome to download these for Personal Use, if you'd like to use them in scrapbooking and projects. Just click on the pix to bring them up to full size, then right-click to copy them. They're totally unretouched, and scanned at a large size.



This Noah's Ark Card Game is dated 1920s.

Made by De La Rue, here's a snippet of the history as the inventor of the modern playing card - as we know it:

Thomas de la Rue was born in a small hamlet in Guernsey called Le Bourg in 1793, the seventh child (of nine) of Eleazar and Rachel de la Rue. At the age of ten he was apprenticed to his brother-in-law Joseph Antoine Chevalier, a master printer in St Peter Port who produced the Gazette de l'Île de Guernsey, the first printed newspaper on the island. During this period Thomas gained a thorough knowledge of printing. In 1818 he moved to London with his family and set up shop initially as a straw hat manufacturer, but he soon diversified into bookbinding and the embossing of leather, and then into paper manufacture. By around 1828 his interests had moved to playing cards and he began to put everything he had learnt into practice. De la Rue introduced letter-press printing and certain other ‘improvements’ into playing card production and was granted a patent in 1831. He produced his first playing cards in 1832 and over the years came to be recognised as the inventor of the modern English playing card.

Beehive Baby Book - knitting pattern

Here's a lovely little booklet of knitting patterns for babies, circa 1940s. I've scanned the front and back covers.

I've also scanned one of the patterns (they weren't in the best condition, so I've enhanced this a little as best I could) so anyone who wants to tackle it should be able to download it and be able to follow the instructions.

The 1/- on the front cover is the price: one shilling, which is now equivalent to 5 pence (UK) or 7 cents (US). Just thought you'd like to know, lol.

All the scans are 300dpi, so if you're downloading do allow some time as the files are huge. As always, right-click to copy, then Save to your computer.


The Cocktail Cabinet - Liqueur adverts

From Theatregoer magazine, published December 1935
 Below, I've cropped the header and ads for you individually.


I've added the recipe for the Harvard Cocktail into a deco-style frame. I've given you both png (transparent background) and a jpg image (better for printing off and cutting out).

If you use these, I'd be very happy if you would credit me.

Passport 1883

Very old, reprinted in an old book I have, so not the sharpest copy unfortunately. I've enhanced this for you as much as I'm able, so I hope it's of use. As always, right-click to copy, then save to your own computer.

Sheet music

This one is very old - no date, but I'd just around 1900s
I'd say this is dated around 1920s-30s, as far as I can judge
1890s, and the first sheet of music is on the reverse (below)
Unusual, in that this sheet music is in a landscape layout


I've upcycled this book into a handmade journal - and am using the covers exactly as they are (although I may change the title). It's sewn over tapes, which is what you can see here (slits in the cover). I'll be adding more illustrations as I scan them.


I was rather horrified by these at first - this could totally traumatise a small child - then remembered they can be little savages, so will probably love them!

These are completely un-retouched, scanned at 300dpi. Right-click to bring up to full size, then left-click to save to your computer.
  • You CAN do as you like with them, create items for sale etc
  • You CAN NOT include for sale in image collections, collage sheets, make rubber stamps or brushes


Carolyn Harrison - Scripture Examination 1968
A book prize, awarded to Carolyn Harrison from Haven Green Baptist Church.


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