ENGLISH COUNTIES PLAYING CARDS

This set was made sometime during the 1940s, so post-WW2, and is based on Old Maid, except it used the counties and towns of England.















I'm pretty sure I've scanned the entire set, so you could even print it out and play!















These scans are actual size (as many cards as I could fit onto the scanner) and 300dpi resolution, unretouched, so you can crop and edit to your heart's content!















ADDENDUM - I don't have the rules for this game. Sorry (thought I had...)










I think they make great backgrounds!

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THE WHITE RABBIT & DOG WITH FLUTE

Don't you just love the White Rabbit? Isn't he your favourite?

Well, here he is - the original Tenniel illustrations were the best!





And here't the flute-playing dog from the nursery rhyme Old Mother Hubbard. A superb engraved image.







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OLD SOHO














Photo copyright Susie Jefferson

Free for personal use only - but not for collage collections which are sold as sheets or CDs.


Here's a street scene in old Soho, in the centre of London (just around the corner from Raymond's Revue Bar).

You won't be seeing scenes like this much longer - they're cleaning up Soho so all the strip joints will be disappearing - along with much of the character.

At the top of the alleyway (where you see the lamp post) is Berwick Street - tradionally one of the oldest fruit & veg markets, now a haven of costume jewellery and fabric shops.

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VINTAGE PETER PAN PLAYING CARDS

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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GOOD DOG!

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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MRS BEETON'S COOKBOOK

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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ANTIQUE FRENCH PLAYING CARDS

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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THE DANCER


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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