1920’s vanity cases to keep face powder and rouge in. So much more fun than the plastic things in Target.

Vanity and cigarette case. 1920.
Vanity and cigarette case. 1920. Gold, platinum, enamel, diamond, cabochon chrysoprases, amber, and mirrored plate glass. Private collection. Image © Cooper Hewitt Museum. Fair use license. via https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/420577337/
"Pompeian" vanity case. One of the first compacts ever marketed. 1920's.
“Pompeian” vanity case. One of the first compacts ever marketed. 1920-1922. American. Gold-tone. E Loesser Mills Company, maker. Case probably designed by William Kendall. Image courtesy Lake Girl Vintage Image © 1998-2019 Ruby Lane, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.rubylane.com/item/700271-lgv5499/Pompeian-Vanity-Case-1920-Vintage-Compact
Sarcophagus form Egyptian Revival vanity case with bone lid. 1925..
Sarcophagus form Egyptian Revival vanity case with bone lid. 1925. Gold, platinum, bone, enamel, emerald, sapphire, diamond and onyx. Made for American Florence Blumenthal. Cartier, Paris maker. Lent by the Cartier Collection. Image © Cooper Hewitt Museum. Fair use license. via https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1024497181/
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Tiffany glass from the collections of the Driehaus Museum, Chicago, Illinois. American.

Flower form vase. ca. 1902.
Flower form vase. ca. 1902. Blown glass with gilt bronze. Photo credit: John Faier. Image © The Richard H. Driehaus Museum. Fair use license. via http://driehausmuseum.org/exhibition/louis-comfort-tiffany/image-gallery#tiffany-3
Group of candlesticks. ca. 1900.
Group of candlesticks. ca. 1900. Photo credit: John Faier. Image © The Richard H. Driehaus Museum. Fair use license. via http://driehausmuseum.org/exhibition/louis-comfort-tiffany/image-gallery#tiffany-7
Vase (detail). ca. 1897-1898.
Vase (detail). ca. 1897-1898. Blown glass, gilt silver and plique-à-jour enamel. Mounts designed by Edouard Colonna. Photo credit: John Faier. Image © The Richard H. Driehaus Museum. Fair use license. via http://driehausmuseum.org/exhibition/louis-comfort-tiffany/image-gallery#tiffany-19

Wildly rainbow-hued plates from “Les Phénomènes de la Physique” and “Le Monde Physique,” physics textbooks written by Amédée Guillemin and published in 1868 and 1882.

"Polychromatic Fringes,” (detail). Plate VI in “Les Phénomènes de la Physique.” 1868.
“Polychromatic Fringes,” (detail). Plate VI in “Les Phénomènes de la Physique.” 1868. Mezzotint with watercolor by René Henri Digeon, after an image by J. Silberman. Wellcome Collection, London. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/optics-illustrations-from-the-physics-textbooks-of-amedee-guillemin-1868-1882/
"Franges monochromatiques phénomènes d'interference diffractions par petit ouvertures"  (detail).
“Franges monochromatiques phénomènes d’interference diffractions par petit ouvertures” (detail). 1883. Mezzotint with watercolor made by M. Rapine after B. Desgoffe. Wellcome Collection, London. Cc0 Licence 1.0. via https://wellcomecollection.org/works/vphw3ezq
“Spectra of various light sources, solar, stellar, metallic, gaseous, electric." Plate IV in "Les phénomènes de la physique." 1868.
“Spectra of various light sources, solar, stellar, metallic, gaseous, electric.” Plate IV in “Les phénomènes de la physique.” 1868. Colored process print by René Henri Digeon. Wellcome Collection, London. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/optics-illustrations-from-the-physics-textbooks-of-amedee-guillemin-1868-1882/
“Colour classification according to Mr. Chevreul’s system," Plate II in "Les phénomènes de la physique." 1868.
“Colour classification according to Mr. Chevreul’s system,” Plate II in “Les phénomènes de la physique.” 1868. Print made by René Henri Digeon, after an image by M. E. Chevreul. Wellcome Collection, London Cc0 License 1.0. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/optics-illustrations-from-the-physics-textbooks-of-amedee-guillemin-1868-1882/
“Soap bubble," Plate VI in "Le Monde Physique." 1882.
“Soap bubble,” Plate VI in “Le Monde Physique.” 1882. Mezzotint by M. Rapine, after an image by Alexandre-Blaise Desgoffe. Wellcome Collection, London. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/optics-illustrations-from-the-physics-textbooks-of-amedee-guillemin-1868-1882/

People looking vaguely classical while getting out and about. American. Edwin Blashfield, artist. Living from 1848 to 1936, he painted pictures and murals. Did the murals on the dome of the Library of Congress Main Reading Room in Washington, DC.

"A Roman Wedding Procession." 20th c.
“A Roman Wedding Procession.” 20th c. American. Image © 2019 Heritage Auctions. Fair use license. via https://fineart.ha.com/itm/fine-art-painting-american/edwin-howland-blashfield-american-1848-1936-a-roman-wedding-processionoil-on-canvas20-1-2-x-41-1-2-inches/a/5330-69104.s
"The Festival of Spring." 1890.
“The Festival of Spring.” 1890. In the public domain. via https://www.amazon.com/Blashfield-Festival-Collection-Unframed-Reproduction/dp/B07JC1RH41
"Westward." Mural in the from the Iowa State Capitol.
“Westward.” Mural in the from the Iowa State Capitol that depicts the migration of early pioneers traveling through Iowa. 20th c. Mural. Public domain. via https://americangallery19th.wordpress.com/tag/dante/
Study for "Minnesota, Granary of the World." 1904.
Study for “Minnesota, Granary of the World.” 1904. Collection of the National Academy of Design, New York. Image © 2019 meisterdrucke.uk. Fair use license. via https://www.meisterdrucke.uk/fine-art-prints/Edwin-Howland-Blashfield/633897/Study-for-Minnesota,-Granary-of-the-World,-1904-.html
"Religious Toleration: Lord Baltimore commending his people to Wisdom, Justice, and Mercy." 1905.
“Religious Toleration: Lord Baltimore commending his people to Wisdom, Justice, and Mercy.” 1905. Image © © November 02, 2005 Maryland State Archives. Fair use license. via https://msa.maryland.gov/msa/speccol/sc5500/sc5590/html/religious_toleration.html

Silver birds to sit around the house. Think on it long enough and maybe they’ll fly. Mostly to keep spices in but some just for fun.

Parrot spice boxes with hinged wings, scaly talons and a detachable head. ca. 1890.
Parrot spice boxes with hinged wings, scaly talons and a detachable head. ca. 1890. German silver with a wooden perch. Hallmarked. Image courtesy Nelson & Nelson Antiques, New York. Image Vervendi ©1998-2019. Fair use license. via https://www.trocadero.com/stores/nelson/items/1346578/Antique-German-Silver-Parrot-Spice-Boxes-Pair-Pretty
Hinged rooster spice box. Antique.
Hinged rooster spice box. Antique. German silver. Image © 2019 EBTH, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebth.com/items/10573893-german-800-silver-hinged-rooster-spice-box
Songbird. Contemporary.
Songbird. Contemporary. Florentine, hand-made in Italy. Sterling silver with a gold vermeil beak. Image © 2019 SCULLY & SCULLY. Fair use license. via https://www.scullyandscully.com/collectibles/handcrafted-sculptures/silver-sculptures/sterling-silver-birds.axd

Images of butterflies and other insects straight out of the late 16th century. Flemish. Plates from Joris Hoefnagel’s “Animalia Rationalia et Insecta (Ignis).” Living from 1542 to 1600 he also wrote “Animalia Aqvatilia et Cochiliata.”

Plate IX.
Plate IX. Watercolor and gouache with an oval border in gold on vellum. Image © 2019 National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Fair use license. via https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.69670.html
Plate XVII.
Plate XVII. Watercolor and gouache with an oval border in gold on vellum. Image © 2019 National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Fair use license. via https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.69678.html
Plate VIII.
Plate VIII. Watercolor and gouache with an oval border in gold on vellum. Image © 2019 National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Fair use license. via https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.69749.html

Paintings of children trying to have fun when the grownups aren’t looking. Belgian. Franz Verhas, artist (1827-1897). Painted many portraits and genre scenes.

"The Lion." 1874.
“The Lion.” 1874. Oil on canvas. Collection of the the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent. In the public domain in the United States it was published before January 1, 1924. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Franz_Verhas_(1832-1894)_De_leeuw_(1874)_MSK_Gent_22-11-2015_11-58-03.JPG
"La lecture au salon." 1850-1894.
“La lecture au salon.” 1850-1894. Oil on canvas. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Frans_Verhas_-_Reading_in_the_living_room.JPG
"The Master Painter." 1877.
“The Master Painter.” 1877. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent. In the public domain in the United States it was published before January 1, 1924. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jan_Verhas_-_The_master_painter.jpeg
"The Broken Flower Pot." 1876.
“The Broken Flower Pot.” 1876. Lithograph. Image © 2019 – WorthPoint Corporation. Fair use license. via https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/jan-frans-verhas-broken-flower-pot-537812522