An envisioning . . . . Saturday morning down the hill at the tennis court in the summer of 1921. . .

Oh to be here

The sun risen in the sky and nothing to do but fun until someone littler at home needs watching. New tennis costume from the young ladies’ shop in Coolidge Corner that the girl who sits behind in class knew about. A new kind it is. Sports clothes.

Stores downtown for the older ladies who just lunch, sit and go to their clubs. Old and boring with those huge hip pockets and skirts so big you could put a little brother in each side and he couldn’t get out. What the big places have that no one young wants.

Well someone wants them but if they do it just isn’t their kind of shop.

Middy tied and little sister wailing because Mother won’t get her one. Friends waited on and then out the door and down the hill towards the park. The shop down the street for ice-cold sodas and across the big street and down through the back of the park to the courts.

Luckier than last week, it is. Cute boys on the courts opposite instead of boring looking ones like last time. A good thing what with the shop and the outfit. Having to wear that boring old thing from gym class otherwise. That no boy will ever notice anyone in. No, so ugly they must pick them out on purpose so no one can ever flirt after school and make the headmaster nervous.

A soda consumed and the game not going well. The cutest boy smiling and smiling back. But what to try next. The ball hard to hit way up over the fence but a second soda from the corner store and another try with the other boy bringing it back.

Another time and the cute one instead. Mother wanting to go out but no. No one met at the last three dances and one now . . . . . no  . . . . .life needing to be lived and the rest to wait . . . . . .no point in breathing if you can’t get out there and live . . . . .

Butterick dress pattern #2410. June 20th issue of the Delineator Magazine.
Butterick dress pattern #2410. June 20th issue of the Delineator Magazine. Image in the public domain due to being printed before 1926. via https://witness2fashion.wordpress.com/2018/11/18/not-what-we-think-of-when-we-say-twenties-fashions-1920/.
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Saturated colors and amazing designs to lose yourself in for a November Sunday . . . . . .not a minimalist one in the bunch . . . .all from “L’Ornement Polychrome”, which covered two millennia of the enchanting world of decorative arts. Albert-Charles-Auguste Racinet (1825–1893), maker.

Greco-Roman. Plate IX. 1869.
Greco-Roman. Plate IX. 1869. Chromolithograph. Collection of the Grand Valley State University. via https://artgallery.gvsu.edu/Detail/objects/2828.
Egyptien. 1888.
Egyptien. 1888. From a scan by Raw Pixel. via https://links.fluate.net/index.php/?OMhVQA.
Primitif. 1888.
Primitif. 1888. From a scan by Raw Pixel. via https://links.fluate.net/index.php/?OMhVQA.
Moyen Age. ca. 1900.
Moyen Age. ca. 1900. via https://www.topsimages.com/images/byzantine-ornament-racinet-04.html.
Assyrien. Plate IV. 1869.
Assyrien. Plate IV. 1869. Collection the Grand Valley State University. via https://artgallery.gvsu.edu/Detail/objects/2561.

All images in the public domain in the United States and elsewhere because the maker died over 100 years ago.

Having been begged for more Koloman Moser reappears . .. .these he must have rolled up and stuck in the chandelier just for you and me.

Illustration for a child's picture book. 1904.
Illustration for a child’s picture book. 1904. Collage, ink, pencil and colored pencil on paper. Private collection. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kolo_Moser_-_Bilderbuch11_-_1904.jpeg
Cover design for the 1898 founder's edition of Ver Sacrum.
Cover design for the 1898 founder’s edition of Ver Sacrum. Letterpress in metallic blue on red. Private collection. via https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/91/Kolo_Moser_-_Tanzende_Mädchen_-_1898.jpeg/983px-Kolo_Moser_-_Tanzende_Mädch
Design for a 50 kroner banknote. 1911.
Design for a 50 kroner banknote. Watercolor on paper. Collection of the Österreichische Nationalbank, Geldmuseum. via https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cc/Kolo_Moser_-_50_Kronen-Banknote_-_1911.jpeg/1280px-Kolo_Moser_-_50_Kronen-Banknote_-_1911.jpeg
Design for a 100 kronen note. 1910.
Design for a 100 kronen note. 1910. Watercolor on paper. Collection of the Österreichische Nationalbank, Geldmuseum. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kolo_Moser_-_Port%C3%A4t-Entwurf_-1910.jpeg
"Vogel Bülow" textile design. 1899.
“Vogel Bülow” textile design. 1899. Pencil and watercolor on paper. Designed for Backhausen. Fa. Backhausen Interior Textiles Archives. via https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/09/Kolo_Moser_-_Vogel_B%C3%BClow_-_1899.jpeg/820px-Kolo_Moser_-_Vogel_B%C3%BClow_-_1899.jpeg.
Design for a mosaic for the main altar, Church Am Steinhof. 1905.
Design for a mosaic for the main altar, Church Am Steinhof. 1905-06. Pencil, ink and gouache on canvas. Collection of the Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kolo_Moser_-_Kirche_am_Steinhof_-_Hauptaltar.jpeg.

All artwork is in the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years.

Oranges and lemons, Say the bells of Saint Clement’s . . . . . vintage orange and lemon labels from sunny California USA.

Oranges. High Ball Brand.
Oranges. High Ball Brand. via http://poulwebb.blogspot.com/2014/02/citrus-fruit-crate-labels-part-3.html.
Lofty Brand. Fallbrook Citrus Association.
Lofty Brand. Fallbrook Citrus Association. UC Riverside, Library, Special Collections and University Archives . via https://calisphere.org/item/ark:/86086/n2319v74/.
Redlands best oranges. 1930's.
Redlands best oranges. 1930’s. via http://poulwebb.blogspot.com/2014/02/citrus-fruit-crate-labels-part-3.html
Desert Dream lemons. ca. 1900-1940.
Desert Dream Lemons. 1900-1940. Collection of UC Riverside, Library, Special Collections and University Archives. via https://calisphere.org/item/ark:/86086/n2tm79g8/
Sunkist oranges. Arlington Heights Brand. ca. 1940-70.
Sunkist oranges. Arlington Heights Brand. ca. 1940-70. Schmidt Lithography, maker. Collection of Institution UC Riverside, Library, Special Collections and University Archives. via https://calisphere.org/item/ark:/86086/n2dn44ds/.
Sunset brand lemons. 1900-1940.
Sunset brand lemons. 1900-1940. Collection of UC Riverside, Library, Special Collections and University Archives. via https://calisphere.org/item/ark:/86086/n2n29w9r/
Red Circle oranges. ca. 1900-1940.
Red Circle oranges. ca. 1900-1940. Western Lithography, maker. Collection of UC Riverside, Library, Special Collections and University Archives. via https://calisphere.org/item/ark:/86086/n2571bcc/

Copyright on all images not known. Fair use license.

 

Vintage polar bears . . . . . . none hibernating, not nipping and suitable to be petted by those of any age. . .

Stalwart brand valencia orange crate label.
Stalwart brand valencia orange crate label. Santa Paula Orange Association, California. Undated. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/Stalwart-Valencai-Orange-Crate-Label-Art-Print-Polar-Bear-Santa-Paula-Ventra-Ca-/151659370723.
Poster showing a polar bear holding a bar of Frigor chocolate. 1929.
Poster showing a polar bear holding a bar of Frigor chocolate. 1929. Lithograph. Leonetto Cappiello, maker. via https://www.loc.gov/item/2004665788/.
Poster for Cordial Campari. Undated.
Poster for Cordial Campari. Undated. via https://www.amazon.com/CORDIAL-CAMPARI-DRINKING-ALCOHOLIC-LIQUEUR/dp/B001VN1EV4.

 

All images in the public domain.

Japanese firework designs ready to explode in the sky outside your window. From early 20th century catalogs published the English fireworks firm C. R. Brock.

“Illustrated catalogue of night bomb shells.” Front cover.
“Illustrated catalogue of night bomb shells.” Front cover. Hirayama Fireworks.
#78 and 79.
#78 and 79.
#29.
#29.
#14 and 15.
#14 and 15.
#78.
#78.

Night shells.

These are taken from here https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/11/japanese-firework-illustrations/?mc_cid=0af526bb1f&mc_eid=869a5459f2. The library in Yokohama, Japan has made PDFs of several of these catalogs available for free download on their website http://www.city.yokohama.lg.jp/kyoiku/library/digitalarchive/hirayama.html. You can find the links at the bottom of their website. Enjoy!