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Thursday, 19 March 2009


Time for some cabinet cards!

Judging by the clothes, these would be Victorian.

Again, these are totally unretouched so you can edit to your heart's content. Left-click to open up the file, then right-click to copy to your computer. Edit in your favourite graphics programme.

These will take some time to load as they are high resolution. If you make anything with these, I would love to see it!

NOTE: If you are new to all this, and need tips on how to edit these pix, email me and I will try to help.

Have fun!

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Tuesday, 17 March 2009


My old Royal typewriter. Always a useful image to have in your collection. When we had to downsize I had to sell it - I still regret it!

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Saturday, 14 March 2009

THE BEST WAY (circa 1890) PART 2

More from "The Best Way".

So many of these tips are actually still useful today!

Shabby skirts, bloodstains, removing grease, restoring black chiffon & steaming velvet

Again, totally unretouched large scans, so you have plenty of room to cut, crop and manipulate.

Drying boots, button boots, kid gloves & jewellery cleaning

This charming book is definitely one of a kind, and it's heartbreaking how the paper is deteriorating day by day: yellowed, brittle, crumbling to the touch. It was produced on the cheapest possible paper in its day, as a household tips& tricks reference book for the lower middle and working classes, most of whom were probably In Service to the great households at the time. There's an awful lot on the subject of laundry and housework!

Washing lace, cleaning cushion covers, washing an eiderdown

I feel this is a real piece of social history, and hope you are enjoying it as much as I am.



Isn't it romantic! This series of French postcards really tells a story... is the gentleman proposing? Or whispering sweet nothings...

Cupid's up in the sky, watching... what IS he doing with a hatchet and a lantern? In this incarnation, he appears to be the Miner of Love.

These French postcards are high resolution jpgs which are totally unretouched.

This gives you huge files, but you will then be able to print or manipulate or do whatever you want with them, including creating work for sale. Copyright-free of course, because they are from my private collection. (However, you cannot put them into a commercial CD or collage sheet).

If you happen to use them in your artwork, I'd love to see a scan.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

THE BEST WAY - BOOK circa 1890

These images are all raw scans, totally unretouched. The paper is very brittle and yellowing, the cover has spots and stains. To me, it's part of the charm!

Click on each picture for a full-size image at a high resolution, so they will take time to load. Right-click to copy to your own hard drive.

Clothing care

Do whatever you like with these images, including producing work for sale. However, these images are for private use only, and not for sale as part of a commercial CD or collage sheet.

Tips on cleaning marble

Tips on cleaning tigerskin rugs!

Aaah, the days of the old British Raj! Tiger hunts and tiffin on the lawn with the Mem Sah'b!