Monday, 23 January 2012

Happy Chinese New Year

As it's Chinese New Year, I had a look to see what Chinese images I could find.

These sweet little illustrations come from a 1910 American book entitled a Chinese Child's Day.

As usual for a book of this age, what is now considered to be political incorrectness abounds!

The book is one of music and lyrics and includes a song called 'The Velly Good Dragon' - dear oh dear!

Oh, I nearly forgot to say, these pictures are by a lady called Albertine Randall Wheelan (1863-1954).

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Vintage Movie Magazines

I love films.  Any genre really from romcoms through to thrillers and action movies.  Horrors are the only kind that I draw the line at (although I somehow managed to see 'The Descent' at the cinema a few years ago with my friend - we both found it terrifying!)

My love of the cinema got me looking around at publications to do with the movies - and there I came across an old magazine called Photoplay that was published from 1910 through to 1930.

This magazine had lovely covers that are well worth showing, and a few colour vintage ads as well.

These pictures have uploaded in a bit of a strange order, but as the advert featuring shoes has come out first, who am I to argue with the logic of Blogger?!

You have to laugh at the Lucky Strike cigarette advert here (especially if you read my last but one blog).

It's Toasted - No Irritation, no cough!  Strange concept that a cigarette (or I suspect the tobacco in it) has been toasted.  Sounds like what they do to cornflakes, not cigarettes!

"Toasting takes out every bit of bite and throat irritation".  Doesn't sound like much to boast about - why on earth did people carry on smoking if they experienced coughs, 'bite' and throat irritation!  The mind boggles.

Anyway, I'll stop waffling on about smoking again.

Truly lovely magazine covers.  I did see an advert for a vibrator (!!), will have to have another look and find that one to put up too.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Milo Winter

I thought I'd write a little bit about Milo Winter, who is one of the artists from our new Fairies and Fantasies sets (Nuova in the bonus set and Fairy Queen being his work).  If you haven't seen the Fairy sets yet you can take a look at

Milo Winter was American, born in 1888 and died in 1956.    He produced some lovely work for children's books including Aesop's Fables, Arabian Nights, Alice in Wonderland and Gulliver's Travels.

Here are some of his pictures from Nights with Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris from 1917:-

Lovely, aren't they.  His fairy pictures that we've used in our new sets are also very special.  Will definitely be on the lookout for more of his work.