Saturday, February 18, 2012

Grab These Victorian-Era Images

Some time back, I came across this sad-looking book at an estate sale. The front and back cover are soiled, worn and in generally bad condition. For obvious reasons, this antique was only 50 cents. But, because it contained a number of very nice images, I picked it up.

Back cover

Baby Playmates is an odd hardcover book with no copyright or publishing information inside. Graphic images are pasted inside both front and back covers. In fact, they're sloppily pasted, as if done by children themselves. 

The internet is such a great resource. I was able to learn that the Babyhood Series was published by M.A. Donohue of Chicago in the late 1890s. I wasn't able to learn much more than that, however.

The graphic images are very nice, but because they are printed on cheap paper, aren't the sharpest images I've seen. And, the pages themselves are so brittle, they literally began to disintegrate in my hands as I tried to scan them.

I did want to preserve the images, though, and thought others may find a use for them. So, I'm posting them for use in your projects, if you'd like them. I'm not experienced at cleaning up images and don't have a program specifically for editing photos and images, so you may need to clean them up before you use them.  (One of my goals this year is to learn how to edit images.) 

Just right click on the images below and save them to your computer.

If you can find a way to use any of these, please leave a comment here. I'd love to see what you do with them.

Enjoy  . . .

Make it a great day!


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