Summer wildflowers for a late May day. Plates from “Harper’s Guide to Wild Flowers” by Caroline Alathea Stickney Creevey. Published in New York in 1912.

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“DItch Stonecrop in Fruit” (penthorum sedoides). Page 32. Collections of and digitalized by the North Carolina State University Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/harpersguidetowi00cree/page/32/mode/2up
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“Bur-reed” (sparganium simplex). Page 39. Collections of and digitalized by the North Carolina State University Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/harpersguidetowi00cree/page/39/mode/2up
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“Pipewort” (Eriocaulon articulatum). Page 45. Collections of and digitalized by the North Carolina State University Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/harpersguidetowi00cree/page/45/mode/2up
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“Coast Jointweed” (Polygonella articulata). Page 61. Collections of and digitalized by the North Carolina State University Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/harpersguidetowi00cree/page/61/mode/2up
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“Lizard’s Tail” (Saururus cernuus). Page 57. Collections of and digitalized by the North Carolina State University Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/harpersguidetowi00cree/page/57/mode/2up

Theosophical art from late in the 19th century. Reginald Machell, artist (1854-1927). An interesting use of various muted tones. Born in England he moved to the United States where the Theosophical Society had its headquarters and painted there.

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“The Path.” ca. 1895. Painting. Source: cesnur.org. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Path_by_Machell.jpg
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“The Prodigal.” 1895. Part of the exhibition “The Path of the Mystic: Art and Theosophy at Lomaland” which was held at the San Diego History Center from October 2019 to April 2020. In the public domain because of age. via http://blog.decorativeartstrust.org/theosophical-art-southern-california/#jp-carousel-2281
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“Woman Shadowed By The Spectre Of The Guardian Angel.” No date. In the public domain due to age. via https://americangallery19th.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/reginald-willoughby-machell-1854-1927/

Textile designs from the middle of the 20th century. Elza Sunderland, designer. Living from 1903 to 1991, she was born in Hungary but later came to the United States. Worked in Los Angeles, California. Collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Untitled textile design with flowers in two colorways. 1940s. Tempera on paper. © Estate of the artist. Image © MUSEUM ASSOCIATES 2020. Fair use license. via https://collections.lacma.org/node/250841
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“Weekend.” Textile design.ca. 1940. Gouache on paper. © Estate of the artist. Image © MUSEUM ASSOCIATES 2020. Fair use license. via https://collections.lacma.org/node/250441
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“Hollywood” (Pattern #1102). Textile design. 1940. Gouache on paper. © Estate of the artist. Image © MUSEUM ASSOCIATES 2020. Fair use license. via https://collections.lacma.org/node/250446
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“Jonquil,” pattern #986 from the “Flower Bouquet” series. Textile design. 1944. Watercolor on cardboard. © Estate of the artist. Image © MUSEUM ASSOCIATES 2020. Fair use license. via https://collections.lacma.org/node/250409

Costume sketches for the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film “Quo Vadis” which came out in 1951. American. All by Herschel McCoy who lived from 1912 to 1956. Collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Costume sketch for the arena attendant created for the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Production, “Quo Vadis.” 1951. American. Pencil and gouache on paper. © Estate of the creator. Image © MUSEUM ASSOCIATES 2020. Fair use license. via https://collections.lacma.org/node/170050
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Costume sketch of Robert Taylor as Marcus Vinicius, created for the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Production, “Quo Vadis.” 1951. American. Pencil and gouache on paper. © Estate of the creator. Image © MUSEUM ASSOCIATES 2020. Fair use license. via https://collections.lacma.org/node/253756
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Costume sketch for the lady at a banquet character created for the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Production, “Quo Vadis.” 1951. American. Pencil and gouache on board. © Estate of the creator. Image © MUSEUM ASSOCIATES 2020. Fair use license. via https://collections.lacma.org/node/250316

Life in New York city just a little while back. Coney Island and some other fun spots in the 1930s. American. Reginald Marsh, artist. Living from 1898 to 1954, he studied art at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

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“Wonderland Circus, Sideshow Coney Island.’ 1930. American.1930, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida, a division of Florida State University. © 2008 Estate of Reginald Marsh / Art Students League, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Fair use license. via https://www.artstor.org/2014/05/29/reginald-marshs-coney-island/
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“Texas Guinan and Her Gang.” 1931. Tempera on canvas. Collections of Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, New York. © 2008 Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://www.theartstory.org/artist/marsh-reginald/artworks/
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“Savoy Ballroom.” 1931. Tempera on Masonite. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2020 Detroit Institute of Arts. Fair use license. via https://www.dia.org/art/collection/object/savoy-ballroom-53512

Magazine advertisements from the United States Brewers Foundation 1940s “Home Life in America” campaign which aimed to promote beer drinking at home. Various illustrators.

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“First Fine Day of Spring,” Number 81 in the series “Home Life in America.” 1953. American. Vintage magazine advertisement. John Gannam, illustrator (1907-1965). Public domain. via https://americangallery.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/john-gannam-1907-1965-2/
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“Thanksgiving dinner.” #101. 1954. American. Vintage magazine advertisement. John Gannam, illustrator (1907-1965). Public domain. via http://milkypinkyway.blogspot.com/2013/07/home-life-in-america-in-40s-old.html
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Vintage illustration done before 1955. American. Alexander Carter, illustrator (1891-1955). Public domain. via http://westread.blogspot.com/2013/05/illustrations-from-past-decades-part-12.html

Pictures of icebergs from back when the Arctic was the Great Frontier. Plates taken from Elisha Kent Kane’s “Arctic explorations : the second Grinnell Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin in the years 1853 to 1855, Volume II” which was published in Philadelphia in 1856.

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“The Water.” page 30. Engraving by Van Ingen and Snyder after a drawing by the author. Contributed by the Museums Victoria. Digitalizing sponsor Atlas of Living Australia. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/arcticexploratiiikane/page/30/mode/2up
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“Detached Ice-Belt.” Page 44. Engraving by Van Ingen and Snyder after a drawing by the author. Contributed by the Museums Victoria. Digitalizing sponsor Atlas of Living Australia. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/arcticexploratiiikane/page/44/mode/2up
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“Ice-Raft.” Page 67. Engraving by Van Ingen and Snyder after a drawing by the author. Contributed by the Museums Victoria. Digitalizing sponsor Atlas of Living Australia. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/arcticexploratiiikane/page/67/mode/2up
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“Berg-Raft.” Page 138. Engraving by Van Ingen and Snyder after a drawing by the author. Contributed by the Museums Victoria. Digitalizing sponsor Atlas of Living Australia. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/arcticexploratiiikane/page/138/mode/2up