Monday, 27 April 2009


These vintage Peter Pan playing cards are late Victorian/early Edwardian, and are a part set I found in the same little Richmond antique & bric-a-brac shop.

These would have been used to play Happy Families, in sets of 4. What I find particularly interesting is the original artist visualised the book so differently from Disney... but of course, he would have seen the original Barrie play.

As always, left-click for the full size picture, then right-click to Save As into your My Pictures folder. Do whatever you like with them (including items for sale) as long as you don't use them for commercial collage sheets or CD collections.

Aren't they good fun!

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Sunday, 26 April 2009


Do you love dogs? Here's a whole sheet of genuine postage stamps for you to print out and use in your artwork.

Aren't they adorable!

As always, click on the pic to get it at full size (allow time for it to upload, it's a large file) then right-click and Save Image As to your own My Pictures folder.

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Friday, 24 April 2009


Two pages from the original Victorian version of Mrs Beeton's Cookbook.

I adore old recipes - not only do they make wonderful backgrounds for altered art projects, but it's amazing to read how these people managed to cope without all the modern appliances we take for granted.

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These are vintage miniature French playing cards (circa 19th century) which I bought in an antique shop in Richmond, Surrey (UK).

As always, these are huge files so click for the full-size picture, then allow time for them to load.

They were scanned at high res, so you should have plenty of scope for playing around in graphics programmes, and a decent quality of print..

Some of the cards were in better condition than others, so here you have most of the Court cards, the Jester and one of the reverse views, plus the Aces. Note the pips are a little different in style to modern-day cards.

These are scanned at actual size, so are perfect for altered books, journals and the like.

Richmond is well-known for antiques: being built beside the River Thames and just downriver from Hampton Court Palace, a lot of the courtiers lived here - now we have stars like Mick Jagger!

So the stores exist: interior design, giftware, specialist cookery - and tons of antique and bric-a-brac shops, tucked down little winding side lanes...

There are also lots of little tea/coffee shops where you can catch your breath (or an olde worlde pub if you are so inclined, some over 250 years old, and not much changed) - perfection!

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Tuesday, 14 April 2009


A Victorian postcard of a dancer.

Also from my private collection.

Very elegant!

As always, allow time for the high resolution image to load up.

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Two cabinet cards from my private collection.

At first I thought this was a Dutch girl, but on closer examination I'd say she's from Bruges, looking at the lace head dress.

Please let me know if you can place her more exactly!

As always, left click on the image to see it full sized, then right click to copy to your My Pictures folder on your computer.

This poor little mite doesn't look as though she's having a very good time at the seaside!

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Monday, 13 April 2009


Here's a great recipe for a hot toddy, originated by my father (who used to swear by it. He suffered badly with bronchitis.)

My friend Chris's Grandfather - a copyright-free photo which you may copy for personal use only (with Chris's permission). As always, a large high quality file so give it time to load up!

  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 dessertspoonful of runny honey (or more, to taste)
  • Generous slug of whisky or brandy or dark rum
  • Hot water
Place lemon juice, honey and alcohol in a glass and top up with the hot water (boiled, and allowed to cool down a little as you don't want to destroy the Vitamin C).

This is very alcoholic, so don't drive or operate machinery, etc etc.

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Here are two more charming copyright-free collage items from my own private collection: a little Victorian calling card, and a highly coloured Edwardian seaside postcard.

Click on the thumbnails for the full sized images, and right-click to copy to your hard drive. These are high quality scans, therefore large files, so will take a little time to upload. Your patience will be rewarded with quality printables!

As always, do as you like with them - but please appreciate these are for private use only, including works for sale - but not to be distrubuted in commercial CDs or collage sheets.


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Thursday, 2 April 2009


Do you love Marie Atoinette?
The film, the gowns, the whole Rococo ambiance?

Then you might like to take a copy of this free button to add to your blog, courtesy of Joy Jones at Cupids Charm blog (who knows everything there is to know about Marie Antoinette, so do visit!) Joy would love to see Marie Antoinette appear all over the world, so feel free to copy and share.

Here's how to add the image to your sidebar:
  • Click on the image to bring up to full size
  • Right-click on the picture and Save Image As to your My Pictures folder
  • In your blog, go to Layouts
  • Click Add A Gadget and choose Picture
  • Browse the image from your computer
  • Click Save, and that's it!

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