Free Printable Vintage Illustration for Mixed-Media Collage, Journaling, Papercrafts or Wall Art: Victorian Children Playing Blind Man's Buff, 1875

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Mahatma Gandhi

A black and white engraving from an 1875 issue of Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine in my personal collection. This antique illustration shows a group of five Victorian children playing Blind Man's Buff.

Blind man's buff or blind man's bluff is a variant of tag in which the player who is "It" is blindfolded. The traditional name of the game is "blind man's buff," where the word buff is used in its older sense of a small push. A version of the game was played in ancient Greece where it was called "copper mosquito." The game was played in the Tudor period, as there are references to its recreation by Henry VIII's courtiers. It was also a popular parlor game in the Victorian era. The poet Robert Herrick mentions it, along with sundry related pastimes, in his 1624 poem "A New Yeares Gift Sent to Sir Simeon Steward":
That tells of Winters Tales and Mirth,
That Milk-Maids make about the hearth,
Of Christmas sports, the Wassell-boule,
That tost up, after Fox-i' th' hole:
Of Blind-man-buffe, and of the care
That young men have to shooe the Mare
Source: Wikimedia

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19th Century Public Domain Sheet Music: Sérénade Sur L'Eau, 1893

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It's always our self we find in the sea.
e.e. cummings, 100 Selected Poems

Above is the first half of a page of 19th century sheet music, originally published in the November 26, 1893 issue of La Famille. The arrangement is called "Sérénade Sur L'Eau" with lyrics by H. de N. and music by A. Maas. Below is the second half of the page:
You can download both halves in ONE sheet of music as a high-res 8.5" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Free Printable Vintage Illustration for Mixed-Media Collage, Journaling, Papercrafts or Wall Art: In the Park, 1897

It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty
or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him
in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.
John Joseph Powell, The Secret of Staying in Love

A black and white engraving from an 1897 issue of Girl's Own Paper. This antique illustration shows a large group of Victorian women riding their bicycles on a cold, wintry day in the park, with snow on the ground. The ladies seem to be having a merry old time despite the chilly weather.

Free to download for use in mixed-media collage, journaling, and various papercrafts projects or simply print and frame as wall art. You can find the high-res 6" x 8" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustration for Mixed-Media Collage, Journaling, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Edwardian Lady in the Park 2 (1904)

There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.
Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember

A colourful vintage fashion illustration from 1904. This drawing shows a young Edwardian lady in a promenade costume for fall with bands of orange trimming her dress and her hat (also accessorized with orange flowers), and an orange bow to decorate the handle of her parasol. Original fashion history engraving is from my personal collection of antique La Mode Illustrée magazines.

Download and use in various mixed-media collage art, junk journaling, papercrafts or scrapbooking projects. You can find the free high-res 7" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustration for Altered Art, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Three Widows, 1892

It has been said, "time heals all wounds." I do not agree.
The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity,
covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

A vintage fashion history illustration from 1892 showing three Victorian widows dressed in all-black dresses. The young lady in the middle is holding a wreath, perhaps to lay as tribute on a grave? Scanned from my personal collection of antique magazines.

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Free Printable Fashion History Illustration for Mixed-Media Collage, Journaling, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Gilded Age Hairdressing Styles by W.J. Barker, 1875

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities!
Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers
you cannot be successful or happy.
Norman Vincent Peale

Two different Gilded Age hairstyles from Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine from 1875. These styles were designed by W.J. Barker located at 36, Twenty-Ninth Street (four doors west of Broadway) in New York City.

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