Showing posts with label Vintage art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Vintage art. Show all posts

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

The illustration is 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 11" x 8.5" @ 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 Vintage Illustration for Mixed-Media Collage, Journaling, Papercrafts or Wall Art: The Message, 1893

Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

A black and white engraving from the November 19, 1893 issue of La Famille. This antique illustration shows a Victorian lady starting to write a message in a frosted-over window with her right index finger. The original caption for the image simply says: "The..."

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 8" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Free Printable Vintage Illustration for Altered Art, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: The Knitter, 1893

It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.
Dale Carnegie

A black and white engraving from the cover of the November 19, 1893 issue of La Famille. This antique illustration shows a lady sitting by a sunny window, cooled by a refreshing breeze as she knits away in serene contentment.

Download and use in various altered art, graphic design, papercrafts, scrapbooking or wall art projects. You can find the free high-res 8.5" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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