my heart rate literally shot up when i discovered the visual telling of stories, a seemingly never-ending library of vintage illustrations & design. for a second i had a bit of a gollum moment, imagining myself sitting in the dark scrolling through pages of old drawings muttering about my precious. on the front page chris mullen (the owner of the site) states, “it’s bigger than you could ever think – just explore”. you bet i will, chris. here are a couple of gems for now, but be rest assured that i will be sharing more as i go deeper down the rabbit hole…
chas laborde was an illustrator and painter who studied in paris, eventually becoming known for his satirical & humorous portrayal of bourgeois life around the time between the two world wars.
a very informative series of cigarette cards on how to do…. just about anything
how to draw a duck without pencil leaving the paper:
i literally lose hours skimming the new york public library digital collection, this particular one is a book of animal illustrations from 1897
these belong to william creswell
a book of fairy tales from the fifties, beautifully illustrated by russian born artist hélène guertik. from maptitefabrique
deer in a snowy forest (1906) – charles marion russell
am i becoming precitable? apologies but i can be a bit of a tart for vintage – especially if it’s bordering on kitsch. most of these pin-ups certainly fit the profile, and a couple of them are even rather classy. nothing like some fifties babes to start your weekend off on the good foot, though.