★ Ad for Adams Fruit Chewing Gum (1919)

★ I just love this beautiful illustrated advert for Adams California Fruit Chewing Gum, as published in Shadowland magazine, September 1919. Painted from a photograph, it features a likeness of American silent film actress Ruth Roland, who was endorsing the product with… Read More

★ Gabrielle Chanel Fashion Plate (1917)

★ Lovely illustration showing a selection of day outfits designed by Gabrielle Chanel, published in ‘Les Elegances Parisiennes’ in March 1917. A product of changing social realities and the harsh practicalities of the First World War, these three outfits are the embodiment of late-1910s… Read More

★ Fancy-Dress Costume by Paul Poiret (1911)

★ Today marks the 138th anniversary of French fashion designer Paul Poiret’s birth. So to honour the occasion, I thought I’d take a brief look at his legacy and one of his most famous creations. A leading couturier of the early 20th Century, he… Read More

★ Happy Easter! Vintage Greetings Card (c.1910)

★ I know that Easter Monday isn’t an official holiday in a lot of places, but it is here in the UK, so Happy Easter! I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend with your friends and family! Because I didn’t really want to wait a full 365 days until… Read More

★ Family Portrait by George Eastman House (c.1915)

★ Wonderfully vibrant Autochrome of a family on a day out, by George Eastman House (c.1915). I can’t get enough of early colour photographs like this, because they really show that the past wasn’t all drab shades of brown, black and… Read More

★ Le Moulin Rouge by Stephane Passet (1914)

★ Fantastic autochrome of the Moulin Rouge cabaret, photographed by Stephane Passet, 24th June 1914. Founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, it was the birthplace of the can-can dance and a subject of fascination for artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, whose… Read More

★ Happy Fourth of July!

★ Happy 4th of July everyone! Whether you’re American or not, I’m sure you can agree that this little girl dressed as Lady Liberty is utterly adorable! Photographed by Harris & Ewing in 1916 (99 years ago!), she must have felt like the prettiest girl in the world in that cute little dress… Read More

★ Vintage Advert for the Haynes Roadster

★ Just came across this wonderfully stylized illustrated advert for the Haynes Automobile Company, dating from 1919. Featuring four doors, a massive 12 cylinder engine, wire wheels, and running boards (I love cars with running boards!), this oh-so-chic roadster… Read More