Vintage Inspiration

Vintage Inspiration

A third look into my vintage heaven

 vintage items

This weekend I visited my mum briefly, having a quick nose through some of her older and newer vintage purchases. Books, tins, cards and more. Being the festive season I've dusted off my pen ready to write Christmas cards out this coming week. I've noticed some Facebook friends discussing Christmas cards, some who are opting not to send them this year and others who insist that giving and receiving cards is a part of their Christmas tradition that they would not like to be without. Having seen Christmas cards that have been saved for decades, snapshots of life 50, 60, 70 years ago, I must admit I am firmly in the sending cards camp. But sending with care and love, cards of quality with messages of cheer and consideration - not a generic 'Dear X, Merry Christmas, Love Y' on mass produced cards. Looking back to the past really can shape how you view the future. Anyway, I digress, here's what I saw...

 Vintage Liquorice Allsorts Box and cotton reels
 Bluebird Toffee

I have found myself becoming increasingly fascinated with vintage advertising and my mum has plenty of old confectionery packaging (read as dozens and dozens). The typography is always an inspiration as are the colours and they always leave me feeling, well a tad peckish. And by the way if you are a fan of retro sweets you might like to check out aquarterof.co.uk, they have a huge range, I'm partial to an aniseed twist myself...

Now from one sweet to another, an old Post Office Greetings Telegram. When my father was young he delivered telegrams for the Post Office as did his father before him. It feels special to see an example of what my late grandfather might have delivered. And that gold envelope! The word needs more beauty like this in it.

 Post Office Greetings Telegram

Next some postcards from a collection my mother bought at a car boot sale that caught my eye. I find the bright flower colours against their dark background really inspiring and gives me an idea of something to try in the New Year. The collection was all floral cards sent to the same person. I love that a complete set of correspondence can last the test of time, even if it's owners change.

I could sit for hours and looks through old books. I find it interesting that many children's books had such teeny tiny fonts, love looking at old advertising and anything to do with cookery draws me in, the recipes and particularly the styling of food in the 50s & 60s. 

That was my vintage-loving weekend. If you have visited anywhere festooned with vintage goodies lately I would love to here what you found and where!

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Vintage Paper Pack from the maker, Hobart

 Vintage Paper Pack from the maker,Hobart
 Vintage Paper Pack from the maker,Hobart
 Vintage Paper Pack from the maker,Hobart
 Vintage Paper Pack from the maker,Hobart
 Vintage Paper Pack from the maker,Hobart
 Vintage Paper Pack from the maker,Hobart
 Vintage Paper Pack from the maker,Hobart
 Vintage Paper Pack from the maker,Hobart

Such a moment of excitement when I spotted an envelope on the doormat with 'Air Mail' stamped on it. This means only one thing these days - the Dorky one. Random envelopes out of the blue are always good but when they come form the other side of the world just because someone saw something and thought of you well now that's something very special. In this instance a pack of Vintage Paper from the maker, Hobart.

The bonds and friendships we make through blogging should be treasured. Us folk who have seldom, if ever met, know things about each other, about our families, the cannot be compared to any other social situation I've experienced.

Lucy from Dear Beautiful is about to have her third baby. I recall when her second was born clearly, it seems like only yesterday.  I remember when Otilia's second daughter was born, when Karin's son was born. We share some of the closest moments with each other although most of us are strangers. It's a beautiful thing.

Thank you to Ruth for sending something so perfectly suited to me that I did a little jig when I opened it. Kitty looked at the envelope and very matter of fact said 'You have a letter from Ruth'. Not that she has ever met Ruth, but she remembers that 'Ruth in Australia' once sent her a book of Outback Animals.

*Sigh*

These are the moments in blogging that I love the most and to any other fellow 'blogging oldies' who are losing their mojo of late - this this this!

 

PS. If you are wondering 'Can you eat an acorn?' Apparently yes you can, so long as it's cooked. Thank you Google.

Vintage Inspiration

Free vintage printables to make unusual wrapping paper

 Free vintage printables to make unusual wrapping paper via Mammasaurus

Free vintage printables to make unusual wrapping paper via Mammasaurus

I love old things. Call them antique, go down the slightly-cooler route and call then vintage, get all hipster and use the word retro, whatevs people, if it's old and a bit funky then it's good in my book (especially if it's wine or cheese).

In the Vintage Discoveries section of this blog I like to share the lovely older things in life that I've found along my travels (ok, mainly travels through my mum's house). Now in this new 'Repurposed' section I'm going to be looking at breathing new life into old things. I'm not a fan of the phrase 'upcycled' but I do like the word 'repurpose'. I don't see the point in re-using something old unless it really can be re-used for a practical reason, so I'll be aiming for practical with a side helping of lovely... First up, some printable vintage prints, perfect for unusual wrapping paper!

 Free vintage printables to make unusual wrapping paper via Mammasaurus

Free vintage printables to make unusual wrapping paper via Mammasaurus

When I spotted these plates in a series of Oliver Goldsmith's Earth and Animated Nature books I  instantly fell in love with them. There's something about the ordering nature of them that appeals to me - they also reminded me of a couple of instagram accounts that I love: see this image from @caroline_south and this image from @alexkipnis for examples. These plates are taken from a series of books, revised edition from 1874, the original of which was published in 1840 so well within the time limits for being in the public domain.

 Free vintage printables to make unusual wrapping paper via Mammasaurus

Free vintage printables to make unusual wrapping paper via Mammasaurus

The boring 'how to': I photographed the plates and uploaded the files to my computer. I then used Adobe Fireworks to remove the grey background, so the drawings themselves stood along for printing.

For the wrapping here I used brown paper, which I trimmed down to A4 size.

You can download the images below, personally I think they would make cool prints for tote bags too! If you do end up using these for anything creative I'd love to know, and share it so please do let me know!

How to download: Click on the image below you want and a full size (large) image will open in a new tab - simply right click on that image and select 'Save' to save it to your computer. 

  Free 'in the seas'  #vintage #printables to make unusual wrapping paper via Mammasaurus

Free 'in the seas'  #vintage #printables to make unusual wrapping paper via Mammasaurus

  Free Insect #vintage #printables to make unusual wrapping paper via Mammasaurus

Free Insect #vintage #printables to make unusual wrapping paper via Mammasaurus

  Free Birds #vintage #printables to make unusual wrapping paper via Mammasaurus

Free Birds #vintage #printables to make unusual wrapping paper via Mammasaurus

  Free fish #vintage #printables to make unusual wrapping paper via Mammasaurus

Free fish #vintage #printables to make unusual wrapping paper via Mammasaurus


The typewriter stamps in this post were from this Typewriter Stamp and Ink Set from Bureau Direct. The set comes with red and navy ink pads, the full alphabet, numbers and @?! ect and cost £6.95.

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Vintage Farmyard Images

 Vintage Farmyard Images c/o Manneskjur

Vintage Farmyard Images c/o Manneskjur

A selection of vintage farmyard images. Right click and image and select 'Save As' to save to your computer - Enjoy!

 Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

  Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

  Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

  Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

  Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

  Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

  Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

  Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

  Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

  Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

  Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

  Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

  Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

Vintage Farmyard images from Manneskjur

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Vintage Floral Images

 Vintage Floral Images c/o Manneskjur

Vintage Floral Images c/o Manneskjur

Click on any of the following images to open the larger version in lightbox - from there you can save the image as use as you wish - enjoy!

Buy me a coffee!

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Beautiful People

Vintage film star images
Vintage film star images
Vintage film star images
Vintage film star images
Vintage film star images
Vintage film star images

From yesteryear, photos of beautiful people, classic elegance that is so far removed from the jeans, jumper and crazy hair that I am sporting this morning it's unreal. But lovely to look at, and it's the small things that makes me happy.

Vintage film star images
Vintage film star images
Vintage film star images

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1960s Knitting Patterns - images

1960's StitchCraft Magazine
1960's StitchCraft Magazine
Vintage knitting pattern images
Vintage knitting pattern images
Vintage knitting pattern images
Vintage knitting pattern images
Vintage knitting pattern images
Vintage knitting pattern images
Vintage knitting pattern images
Vintage knitting pattern images
1960s Knitting Patterns
1960s Knitting Patterns
1960s Knitting Patterns
1960s Knitting Patterns
Vintage knitting pattern images
Vintage knitting pattern images
Vintage knitting pattern images
Vintage knitting pattern images
Vintage knitting pattern images
Vintage knitting pattern images

These make me smile a lot. I've been trawling through dozens of images of old knitting patterns and magazines that I need to get my bottom into gear and add to my shop. Oddly enough it makes me want to Abba flick my fringe and don knitwear in shades of pea green, maybe dressing Ozzy in a pair of woollen dungarees for good measure. And what is it with knitwear anyway? I always get sucked in to how comfy and snuggly it looks but the reality of wool is 2 days of itching like a bugger wearing it followed by despair as it shrinks in the washing machine and returns from the tumble drier in a size that wouldn't even fit a newborn. Wool - the middle ages temptress...

A post purely to indulge in some sixties nostalgia, I apologise for the lack of any actual purpose, no hints, no tips, no ideas - just pure unadulterated woollen sixties shizzle!

Joining in with the scrummy Cas and All The Small Things

All the Small Things - MummyNeverSleeps

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Vintage: Nursery Rhymes #1

Deans' New Gift Book of Nursery Rhymes
Deans' New Gift Book of Nursery Rhymes

I've been at it again, gazing longingly into Deans' New Gift Book of Nursery Rhymes. I couldn't not share - such beautiful images and a trip down memory lane to rhymes from my own childhood. 

vintage nursery rhyme illustrations
vintage nursery rhyme illustrations

"One, two, three, four,

Mary at the cottage door;

Five ,six, seven, eight,

Eating cherries off a plate"

Rock a bye baby - vintage nursery rhyme illustrations
Rock a bye baby - vintage nursery rhyme illustrations

"Rock-a-bye baby, they cradle is green,

Father's a nobleman, mother's a Queen.

Johnny's a drummer, and drums for the King

and Betty's a lady, and wear a gold ring."

vintage nursery rhyme illustrations
vintage nursery rhyme illustrations

"Young lambs to sell, young lambs to sell,

If I'd as much money as I could tell;

I wouldn't be crying "Young lambs to sell""

Pease Pudding Hot - vintage nursery rhyme illustrations
Pease Pudding Hot - vintage nursery rhyme illustrations

"Pease pudding hot, pease pudding cold,

Pease pudding in the pot, nine days old.

Some like it hot, some like it cold,

Some like it in the pot, nine days old"

vintage nursery rhyme illustrations
vintage nursery rhyme illustrations

"There was a little boy and a little girl

Lived in our alley;

Says the little boy to the little girl,

"Shall I, oh, shall I?"

Says the little girl to the little boy,

"What shall we do?"

Says the little boy to the little girl,

"I will kiss you!"

Baby shall have an apple-vintage nursery rhyme illustrations
Baby shall have an apple-vintage nursery rhyme illustrations

"Baby shall have an apple,

Baby shall have a plum,

Baby shall have a rattle,

When Daddy comes home."

Lucy Locket - vintage nursery rhyme illustrations
Lucy Locket - vintage nursery rhyme illustrations

"Lucy Locket lost her pocket,

Kitty Fisher found it:

Not a penny in her purse,

But a ribbon round it"

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Vintage: Ta Lung by Melville Colley

Ta Lung Or Great Dragon written and illustration by Melville Colley
Ta Lung Or Great Dragon written and illustration by Melville Colley
Ta Lung Or Great Dragon written and illustration by Melville Colley
Ta Lung Or Great Dragon written and illustration by Melville Colley
Ta Lung Or Great Dragon written and illustration by Melville Colley
Ta Lung Or Great Dragon written and illustration by Melville Colley
Ta Lung Or Great Dragon written and illustration by Melville Colley
Ta Lung Or Great Dragon written and illustration by Melville Colley
Ta Lung Or Great Dragon written and illustration by Melville Colley
Ta Lung Or Great Dragon written and illustration by Melville Colley
Ta Lung Or Great Dragon written and illustration by Melville Colley
Ta Lung Or Great Dragon written and illustration by Melville Colley
Ta Lung Or Great Dragon written and illustration by Melville Colley
Ta Lung Or Great Dragon written and illustration by Melville Colley

Something a bit different from me in 'Vintage' today, I'm going on post-war with this 1946 copy of Melville Colley's Ta Lung, or The Great Dragon. I love these illustrations, not what springs to mind when you say 'vintage images' but such colour  and that penciled message on the cover 'To Anne with love from Stantway' leaves me wondering  who they were, so many stories attached to old books that aren't the tales written inside.

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Vintage: Assorted gems 'for Boys & Girls'

Today I've an assorted mixture of the lovely, crafty and downright scary illustrations of days gone by... [one-half-first]

The Girls Book of Sports
The Girls Book of Sports

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The Pleasure Book for Boys and Girls
The Pleasure Book for Boys and Girls

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Leisure Hour Stories
Leisure Hour Stories
Vintage Craft
Vintage Craft
Vintage Craft
Vintage Craft

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Chatterbox 1908
Chatterbox 1908

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Chatterbox 1908
Chatterbox 1908

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Chatterbox 1908
Chatterbox 1908
Mother Goose Rhymes
Mother Goose Rhymes

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Vintage: Bobby Bear's Annual by Arthur Groom, 1950s illustrations

Bobby Bear's Annual
Bobby Bear's Annual
Bobby Bear's Annual by Arthur Groom
Bobby Bear's Annual by Arthur Groom
Bobby Bear's Annual by Arthur Groom
Bobby Bear's Annual by Arthur Groom
Bobby Bear's Annual by Arthur Groom
Bobby Bear's Annual by Arthur Groom
Bobby Bear's Annual by Arthur Groom
Bobby Bear's Annual by Arthur Groom
Bobby Bear's Annual by Arthur Groom
Bobby Bear's Annual by Arthur Groom
Bobby Bear's Annual by Arthur Groom
Bobby Bear's Annual by Arthur Groom
Bobby Bear's Annual by Arthur Groom
Bobby Bear's Annual by Arthur Groom

These illustrations are from two separate editions of Bobby Bear's Annual by Arthur Groom, published by Dean & Son Ltd, London in the 1950's. You can read more about Arthur Groom in an earlier post of I wrote about him. Being a huge fan of vintage illustrations I love these - however the jury is still out Chez Saurus on how freaky little pig people with faces are...

Until new Monday, enjoy the old and the pretty x

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Vintage: The Modern Book for Tinies

The Modern Book for Tinies, vintage book
The Modern Book for Tinies, vintage book
The Modern Book for Tinies, vintage book
The Modern Book for Tinies, vintage book
The Modern Book for Tinies, vintage book
The Modern Book for Tinies, vintage book
The Modern Book for Tinies, vintage book
The Modern Book for Tinies, vintage book
This book belongs to
This book belongs to
The Modern Book for Tinies, vintage book
The Modern Book for Tinies, vintage book
The Modern Book for Tinies, vintage book
The Modern Book for Tinies, vintage book
The Modern Book for Tinies, vintage book
The Modern Book for Tinies, vintage book
The Modern Book for Tinies, vintage book
The Modern Book for Tinies, vintage book
The Modern Book for Tinies, vintage book
The Modern Book for Tinies, vintage book

More vintage book illustration love to start the week in grand old style. This weeks book of choice is 'The Modern Book for Tinies' by anon. From a time where annuals for children were a thing of beauty, apart from 'Beautiful Geraldine' that is, she's more than a bit freaky.

My love of all things vintage is being spread further at the moment with an online vintage shop coming to this blog tomorrow and so if you'll excuse me, I have a small mountain of vintage Christmas items to photograph!

This weekend I've been spending some much needed time with my family - and whether you were sitting up Crimbo puddings or hauled up under a blanket on the sofa watching Reutrn of the Jedi, I hope you enjoyed your weekend too x

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Vintage: My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton

My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton
My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton
My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton
My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton
My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton
My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton
My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton
My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton
My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton
My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton
My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton
My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton
My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton
My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton
My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton
My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton
My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton
My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton

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My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton
My Little Pets Picture Book - Ruth E Newton

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These pictures are taken from the 'My Little Pets Picture Book', from the 1940's. Illustrated by Ruth E. Newton I'm not sure who the author is, I do know however that the images are beyond charming. Ruth E Newton, was born in Pennsylvania in 18894. Ruth retired in 1968 after a career illustrating books, designing dolls and producing greetings cards and advertisements. She passed away in 1972.

I haven't been able to find any more about the book itself out, so enjoy baking in the glorious colours for now...

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Vintage: Once Upon a Birthday by Arthur Groom

Once Upon a Birthday by Arthur Groom
Once Upon a Birthday by Arthur Groom

Once Upon a Birthday by Arthur Groom (circa around 1950), tells the story of Pamela, a little girl who goes to fairyland and meets fairies, the stuff of many little girls and boys dreams. The book is filled with the most beautiful illustrations, some of which I'm sharing today. They really appeal to me, capturing the fantasy element that lies within every child, and come to think of it, grown up.

Once Upon a Birthday by Arthur Groom
Once Upon a Birthday by Arthur Groom
Once Upon a Birthday by Arthur Groom
Once Upon a Birthday by Arthur Groom
Once Upon a Birthday by Arthur Groom
Once Upon a Birthday by Arthur Groom
Once Upon a Birthday by Arthur Groom
Once Upon a Birthday by Arthur Groom

Arthur Groom, born in Hove, Sussex in 1898, wrote over one hundred books for children and over 400 books in total, from children's books to adult fiction and nonfiction under many different pen names. Arthur worked as a journalist and lecturer, and had a particular interest in scouting. During the Second World War, he was a Captain in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. He died in 1964.

Once Upon a Birthday by Arthur Groom
Once Upon a Birthday by Arthur Groom

Books like this make me want to be a child again and inspire me to keep my plans to start drawing and being more creative. Do you feel creative at the moment? I'd love to know what inspires you...

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Vintage: Brambly Hedge

Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge
Brambly Hedge

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Last week whilst browsing Waterstones in Lymington last week when I was transported back in time to my childhood, spotting a copy of The Complete Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem. Growing up I spent hours engrossed in books that told tales of little woodland animals living secret lives, wearing clothes, having adventures, a whole imaginary world. Studying the detail in the illustrations, daydreaming on being on such adventures. Beatrix Potter books and Brambly Hedge books were firm favourites of mine as child and I've gone on to read Beatrix Potter tales to Kitty and Ozzy but not Brambly Hedge for some unknown reason. Until now that is. I whipped out my debit card faster than you can say gin-in-a-tin and went on my way, clutching the book with an almost childlike glee, I couldn't wait to get home and look through it and to show Kitty and Ozzy.

Sitting down a few days later at home, flicking through the book it dawned on me just how much nature has fascinated me throughout life, as now I live and walk amongst the trees, blackberries, toadstools and brambles most days. I've been inspired, inspired to get outdoors once the children go back to school next week, armed with sketchbook and pen and to draw some of the lovely sights I see. I've been yearning to do something a bit more hands-on creative for a while now and this could be just what I need to unwind and find some personal inner-peace.

I've been surprised at just how seeing one book has brought memories flooding back from childhood and inspired creativity. It just goes to show just how many ways books are important for children.

Do you have memories of a looking through books as a child? I'd love to hear which ones x

This is the first post in my Vintage category that might not technically be vintage yet - but mark my words, it will be one day.

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Vintage: In Animal Land with Loius Wain

Vintage: In Animal Land , Louis Wain Cat Illustrations / Drawings
Vintage: In Animal Land , Louis Wain Cat Illustrations / Drawings

I was recently browsing through some of my mothers massive collection of vintage books and came across a book, In Animal Land with Louis Wain. Filled with super illustrations of cats, the book intrigued me, so today I'm sharing some of the images with you and a bit about the man himself, which I've been reading up on since.

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Louis Wain, born August 1860 died July 1939, was a English artist best known for his illustrations. In his early twenties, Louis drew country scenes and animal for some well known journals. When he reached 23 years old he married a lady called Emily, which was quite the scandal as she was ten years his senior. Louis and Emily took in a stray cat which Louis began to draw, Emily loved his drawings of the cat and urged him to get them published. Sadly three years later Emily passed away suffering from breast cancer. Louis continued to draw cats as a promise to his passed love.

Vintage: In Animal Land with Louis Wain
Vintage: In Animal Land with Louis Wain

Inn 1886, Louis had his first cat illustrations published in the Illustrated London News and over the following years he started to draw the cats standing up, wearing clothes, pouring cups of tea and so on. For the next thirty years Louis continued to draw, becoming a prolific artist. Alas he lived life in constant financial hardship, he often sold drawing outright and retaining no rights over them, added to this Louis was responsible for his mother and sisters.

Vintage: In Animal Land , Louis Wain Cat Illustrations / Drawings
Vintage: In Animal Land , Louis Wain Cat Illustrations / Drawings
Vintage: In Animal Land , Louis Wain Cat Illustrations / Drawings
Vintage: In Animal Land , Louis Wain Cat Illustrations / Drawings

Louis was committed, in 1924, to Springfield Mental Hospital in Tooting, his sisters complaining of his erratic and sometimes violent behavior. Louis was diagnosed as having schizophrenia, although this has since been debated with a notable doctor indicating Wain more than likely had Asperger's Syndrome. A year later, he was discovered there and his circumstances were widely publicized, leading to appeals from such figures as H. G. Wells and the personal intervention of the Prime Minister. Louis was transferred to a small number of different hospitals until ending up near St Albans in a pleasant hospital, with a garden and colony of cats, spending his final 15 years there in peace. His cat drawings from this time had bright colours, flowers, abstract patterns.

Vintage: In Animal Land , Louis Wain Cat Illustrations / Drawings
Vintage: In Animal Land , Louis Wain Cat Illustrations / Drawings

"He has made the cat his own. He invented a cat style, a cat society, a whole cat world. English cats that do not look and live like Louis Wain cats are ashamed of themselves" -H.G Wells

Vintage: In Animal Land , Louis Wain Cat Illustrations / Drawings
Vintage: In Animal Land , Louis Wain Cat Illustrations / Drawings

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Vintage: Green Willow Farm - beautiful images

Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book
Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book

I don't know about you but I love books, especially when they are old books, full of beautiful illustrations that whizz you back in time to when life was simpler. In my dream world I'd live half my week in the 1940's with quieter homely things going on (that's code for no internet) and the other half blogging my bottom off in the noughties. Alas my dream world cannot exist and so I settle for the next best thing giving a nod to days gone by. Grab a cup of tea, sit back and relax and I take you into the world of Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper, published in the 1940's I believe...

Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book
Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book

Eillen Soper was an illustrator of children's and wildlife books,  illustrating books for other writers, for example Elizabeth Gould, shown here in this post. Eileen illustrated some Enid Blyton books, if you've read The Famous Five books then you've seen Eileen's beautiful illustrations before. After living a life full of illustrating and writing her own children's books, Eileen sadly passed away in 1990.

Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book
Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book
Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book
Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book
Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book
Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book
Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book
Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book

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Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book
Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book
Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book
Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book
Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book
Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book
Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book
Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book
Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book
Green Willow Farm by Elizabeth Gould & Eileen A. Soper a vintage children's picture book
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