Thursday, December 23, 2004

iPod your photo

If you're crazy about those iPod ads and want to make one yourself, it's actually pretty easy. Photoshop tutorial.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Hand Mudras

Hand Mudras - Symbols of Deeper Meaning
The symbolic gestures of the hands of Buddha images, called mudras, are picture tools of identification of deeper meaning:

The Gesture of Teaching (Dharmacakra Mudra) with both hands in front of the breast, tips of the index finger and the thumbs touching.

Mehndi designs

Use drop down box to choose a category.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Paris Music Hall Collection

From The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library
University of Georgia Libraries
The Paris Music Hall Collection comprises original renderings of costume and curtain designs for the music halls of Paris from 1920-1938.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Bookseller Labels

From Greg Kindall, Seven Roads
Now we have to think of what to call a collection of the stickers and stamps that booksellers, distributors and binders applied so discretely to the endpapers of books of a certain age.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Connecticut College's Japanese prints

Very large collection of prints each offered in small medium and huge sizes.
They encourage your free reproduction and distribution of these digital images. You need not ask us for permission. Permission granted!

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Butterflies and Moths

The John Abbot Watercolor collection at the Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina, consists of 149 illustrations of butterflies and moths.

Monday, December 06, 2004

Reba's Postcards

Reba's collection includes nearly 200 greeting and novelty post cards dating from 1907 to 1910. These beautiful and interesting Victorian style images are from a period of charm and innocence which has long passed.

"It was about Christmas time in 1910, when Reba was almost seven years old, that her brief life came to a sudden and tragic end. What had been expected to be a routine tonsillectomy brought the ultimate sadness to that season of joy.
Today we have nothing to remember Reba by except this portrait and the many greeting cards from family, friends and neighbors which she received and treasured during the last four years of her life. Their messages give no indication that Reba was ailing, so we must conclude that she was simply a very much loved little girl who had a special fondness for post cards. We offer these treasures here in memory of that beautiful child and her loving parents."

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Raster to Vector freeware

WinTopo. Raster to Vector imaging software
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Wednesday, December 01, 2004


Please visit my Dad's blog to read his story about my brother, Michael Henry.
Here is the story.
I added a little story in the comments.

Mike is the blonde in the center of this photo.
I miss him.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Tile heaven

Welcome to Tile Heaven. We have lots of great tiles to show you, hopefully you may like to purchase some but if you just want to browse and enjoy the many examples of the amazing diversity of Victorian and Edwardian design that's fine too. You will find Art Nouveau tiles, Minton tiles, majolica tiles, printed tiles, handpainted tiles and many much more unusual tiles, mostly from England and from the period 1870 - 1920.

Printable cards

A gift from

Create your own Christmas cards this year!
These lovely Santas look beautiful when printed
on cream or white cardstock from your color printer.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Peace Dove Automata

A gift from PaperPino
This printable dove flaps her wings.
I wanted this to use as an ornament with a
jumping jack type of pull instead of the automata globe.

Seashells at the Smithsonian

J.J.N.A. Spalowsky's 1795 treatise on conchology is among the rarest of published books on mollusks and other shelled organisms. These are breathtaking and very large.
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Monday, November 15, 2004

Nests and Eggs

The Nelson E. Jones Family's
Illustrations of Nests and Eggs
From the Rare Book Collection at the Smithsonian.

Catbird Nest
Illustrations of the nests and eggs of birds of Ohio was published in the small town of Circleville, Ohio, over a period of eight years (from 1879 to 1886) through the dedicated efforts of the family and friends of a young woman named Genevieve Jones. Despite being produced not just by amateurs but largely by women, far from the publishing houses and intellectual centers of 19th-century America, the book was hailed as an extraordinary achievement from the moment its first few plates were published.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Free Photo Mosaic Software

AndreaMosaic will use your "My Pictures" folders
to create the mosaics.

Picture Collection Online

The New York Public Library.Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection Online

Search these catagories:
* African-Americans* American History* Animals
* Army* Birds* Clothing & Dress
* Costume* Design* Dragons
* Exploration* Fashion Drawings* Fur Fashions
* Gloves* Hats* Hairdressing
* Hosiery* Insects* Native Americans
* New York City* Pioneer Life* Punishments
* Reptiles* Shoes* Slave Ships
* Slavery* Snakes* Textiles
* Umbrellas and Parasols

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Decorative Arts E-Facsimiles

Digital Library for the
Decorative Arts and Material Culture
University of Wisconsin - Madison E-Facsimiles

Use the Browse Texts dropdown box to see the extensive list of books offered. Full view catalogs of Chippendale and Hepplewhite; Interior decoration from the 1800's are just a few. All pages are offered in 4 sizes and you are encouraged to print the images. This amazing site is among my top 10.
Chippendale, Thomas
The gentleman and cabinet-maker's director: being a large collection of the most elegant and useful designs of household furniture in the Gothic, Chinese and modern taste.
London: Thomas Chippendale, 1754

Percier, Charles, 1764-1838.; Fontaine, Pierre François Léonard, 1762-1853. Recueil de décorations intérieures comprenant tout ce qui a rapport a l'ameublement, comme vases, trépieds, candelabres, cassolettes, lustres, girandoles, lampes, chandeliers, cheminées, feux, poêles, pendules, tables, secrétaires, lits, canapés, fauteuils, chaises, tabourets, miroirs, ecrans, & composés par C. Percier et P.F.L. Fontaine. Exécutés sur leurs dessins.
Cahier II (1801)
Jardinière ou Table à Fleurs éxécutée pour le C. W. en Suede, p. Pl. 10

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Make your own cosmetics

Recipes for soaps, creams and natural home keeping.

artSparx material and product resource

artSparx extensive product and material resource is designed to help you easily search and learn about the items you need to successfully complete your project.

Gilding made easy
Canvas stretching
Picture and painting framing tips
Transferring patterns and images to any surface
Create perfect ovals and circles
Lettering made simple

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Postal Seals

Post office seals, or official seals, are government issued labels used by postal
authorities to repair or reclose mail items that were . . .
* Damaged in transit
* Received unsealed at the post office
* Opened by mistake or by the Dead Letter Office

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein

The original comic book source images of POP artist Roy Lichtenstein. Artist David Barsalou, a diehard Lichtenstein fan, has studied Lichtenstein; poring through over 30,000 comic books to find the cartoon images the artist used in his iconic paintings.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Found Magazine

We collect FOUND stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, receipts, doodles-- anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's life. Anything goes 

Monday, October 25, 2004

Crechemania is devoted to the love of paper creches (also known as nativities, cribs, or mangers). These paper constructions, dear to collectors everywhere, feature artwork and lithography that captivate the eyes—and heart.
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Pochoir Prints

Vibrant Visions: Pochoir Prints in the Cooper-Hewitt.
From the Smithsonian Museum

Pochoir is a refined stencil-based technique employed to create prints or to add color to pre-existing prints. It was most popular from the late 19th century through the 1930's with its center of activity in Paris. Pochoir was primarily used to create prints devoted to fashion, patterns, and architectural design and is most often associated with Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Click on Explore the Collection.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

The Pens Excellencie

English handwriting 1500-1700
an online course

I used Simple Edition. This edition supplies straightforward jpeg issues of each page of the book in two sizes: 1000-pixel width ('screenshots', if you have your monitor resolution configured to 1024 by 768), and much larger. A navigation menu beneath the images will allow you to toggle between smaller images and enlargements (to zoom, click on the + sign).

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Decoeyes Mannequins

Exquisite Period Mannequin Recreations

Our primary objective is to create precise replicas of the 1920's through 1950's display heads. We feel that materials, tools, paint styles, and techniques should be identical to those used on the originals to insure integrity of the replica.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Bitterweet Project

The concept of Bittersweet was cultural journalism dedicated to preserving the crafts, lore, legends and personalities of the Ozarks. Articles touch a wide range of subject areas. Included are such diverse pioneer craft and industry as wooden toy making and rope making.
And Blackberry Dumplings for Dessert, winter 1982
The Roper family raised and milled their own flour, as did most every other family. "My husband had 500 pounds of Orla flour piled up upstairs at our house for me to cook with when I married him. Oh, mercy, that flour was soft, and hard to make a biscuit with when I'd never made biscuits anyhow!"
Crepe Paper Flowers; Homemade flowers for Decoration Day Spring 1983

Irene Smittle gently handles a morning glory that she has just finished. She learned how to make these flowers from her mother.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Circus Posters

Circus Posters in the Princeton University Library.

Large collection of large images.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Ransom note generator

Ransom note generator from Contact Sheet (wasting energy since 2003)

Also How to make friends by Telephone

Use this instructional guide from the 1940's to learn
proper etiquette when operating a telephone.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Medieval Tarot

A gift from the World of Playing Cards.
Tarot cards by Nicolas Bodet (1743-1751). An early example of the "Rouen/Brussels" Latin-suited tarot, probably the earliest we know actually made in Brussels (466 Kb JPG).
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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Mount St. Helens VolcanoCam

I live about 50 miles southwest of Mt. St. Helens but I can't see it because the the hills block the view. Next best...
Mount St. Helens VolcanoCam
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French furniture

Le Garde-meuble, ancien et moderne (Furniture repository, ancient and modern), a bimonthly periodical published in Paris, promoting French styles in furniture, fabrics, and interior decoration for a nearly a century.
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The more than 400 colorful images included in this Smithsonian Institution Libraries' online document represent SIL's nearly complete set of the early issues of Le Garde-meuble, those folios published from 1841 through 1851. Depicting a wide variety of furniture types and styles, the pictures were executed in such a highly skilled and detailed manner that even today they continue to be an exceptionally rich visual resource for furniture restorers, set designers, historians, curators, historic preservationists, upholsterers, and interior decorators.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Vintage music covers

Dad sent me this link to the UCLA Music Library.
They have a beautiful collection of sheet music covers.
These are small, medium, large and extra large. Beautiful.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Paper rulers

Some are stacked and are a full page.

They are printable PDF files but I open
them with Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro 8

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Snow Crystals

Snow crystal photographs from Kenneth G. Libbrecht,
Professor of Physics at Caltech.

Thumbnails lead to larger images.
There are also links to other collections.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Flowers Fruicts Beastes Birds

The second booke of Flowers Fruicts Beastes Birds and Flies exactly drawne.

Hand Shadows

Project Gutenberg's Hand Shadows To Be Thrown Upon The Wall, by Henry Bursill

This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with
almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or
re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg
License included with this eBook or online at