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Bug Out

Wise White Bear

Wise White Bear
Mermaids and other fantasy people have come to the iceberg to consult the wise white bear in this illustration from a 1912 children's book.

The First Beast

The First Beast
"The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings..." Illustration of a biblical beast from an 1889 book.

The Third Beast

The Third Beast
"...like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads."

The Second Beast

The Second Beast
"...a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it..."

The Fourth Beast

The Fourth Beast
"...a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly..." Depiction of biblical beast from an 1889 book.

Dog Sharing Meal

Dog Sharing Meal
O, Will you care, sir, if my mate and I eat up what's on your plate? Two birds eat Nero's leftovers.

Fly Away Ears

Fly Away Ears
Although I'm rather grave of face, I'm really fond of fun. Vintage 1899 dog illustration.

Why Does the Moon Shine in the Sky?

Why Does the Moon Shine in the Sky?
A fox, hound dog, rabbit and bird are silhouetted by the light of the moon in this illustration to a 1912 children's book.

Miss Puss

Miss Puss
Miss Puss is joined by Mr. Tom in the window to stare at Mrs. Jones' sewing basket.

Carlo and the Puppies

Carlo and the Puppies
Carlo, the Saint Bernard keeps watch over three nice little doggies named Fan, Gyp, and Sprite.

Anxious Kittens

Anxious Kittens
Oh, where's our darling Mamma. Won't some one tell us, pray?
Two kittens in a basket.

Flo and Snow

Flo and Snow
Flo the cat and Snow the dog have found a basket of apples marked London.

Pet Pals

Pet Pals
Puss pilfers from the pantry and passes the purloined pork to her pal.

Our Dog Lena

Our Dog Lena
Who can say "no" to a begging dog? Not me!

Three Pups

Three Pups
Three dogs look out a snow-covered window at a bird sitting on a twig in an illustration from a children's storybook from 1899.

Ducklings

Ducklings
Mother duck protects her offspring from a rodent.

Stable Friends

Stable Friends
Pigeons keep the horses company in the stable in this illustration from an 1899 children's picture book.

The Kind Mother Bird

The Kind Mother Bird
Make haste, mother birdie, make haste, to your pretty soft nest and your brood...

Orator Sparrow

Orator Sparrow
"I," said the sparrow, "With my bow and arrow, I laid him low." A frog, crow, owl and other birds listen in this 1915 illustration by Palmer Cox for Cock Robin.

Surprised Bear

Surprised Bear
The Foxes, mouse, rabbit, turtle and porcupine have all showed up for Mr. Bruin's surprise party. An illustration from a 1915 book by artist Palmer Cox.

Council of Mice

Council of Mice
Eight mice meet in the barn to discuss belling the cat. An illustration by Charles Copeland for the 1912 book, Quaint Old Stories.

Snake Sounds Gong

Snake Sounds Gong
A snake strikes the castle's gong in this illustration to a 1912 children's book by artist Charles Copeland.

Huddled Kitten & Puppy

Huddled Kitten & Puppy
"We're afraid to go home in the dark." Puppy and kitten in postcard from 1909.

Popular Bear Cub

Popular Bear Cub
"I wish I wasn't so popular". Bear cub behind bars in a 1911 postcard.

Milkmaid Bear

Milkmaid Bear
"I'm going a-milking Sir,-she said!" Girl bear in blue bonnet and yellow dress carries two pails for milk in this 1907 postcard by artist Rose Clark.

Fifth Avenue Bear

Fifth Avenue Bear
A lady bear with fancy hat and fur muff from a 1907 postcard by artist Rose Clark.

Mermaid Ascending

Mermaid Ascending
Sea turtles pull the sleeping Clytie in her shell carriage to the surface. A 1920 illustration by artist Katherine Sturges Dodge.

Singing Kitten

Singing Kitten
With thou beside me singing in the wilderness. Oh wilderness were paradise enow! Kitten and puppy illustrate verse to the Rubiayat by Omar Khayyam in this 1909 humor postcard.

Coconut Consequences

Coconut Consequences
Little Hare tells King Lion that the earth is cracking. Elephant, Tiger, Deer and all the hares of the forest listen in this illustration by Bert Elliot for a 1920 children's book.

Sparrow Dance

Sparrow Dance
A sparrow in a kimono dances to the music of the shamisen and drum in an illustration to a Japanese fairy tale by artist Katherine Sturges Dodge.

Tommy and the Owl

Tommy and the Owl
The Old Owl tells Tommy where to find the brownies in this illustration from a 1920 children's book by artist Maginel Wright Enright.

Moth and Roses

Moth and Roses
A moth has emerged from a cocoon on a wild rose bush in this illustration by Milo Winter to a nature story from a 1920 children's book.

To a Butterfly

To a Butterfly
I've watched you now a full half-hour,
Self-poised upon that yellow flower;
And, little Butterfly! indeed...
Illustration for poem by William Wordsworth from a 1920 children's book.

Frog Fountain

Frog Fountain
Lyrebird, ostrich, kangaroo, koala bear, wolf and others watch a frog spout water in this illustration from a 1920 children's book.

A Bear

A Bear
A bear from an advertisement in a 1921 magazine.

Miss Woodmouse

Miss Woodmouse
Pretty little Miss Woodmouse is eating acorns while seated under a huge toadstool on the forest floor in this charming illustration from a children's book printed in 1880.

The Fox Without a Tail

The Fox Without a Tail
A fable from Aesop. The Fox and all his friends

At the County Fair

At the County Fair
The monkeys are trying to prevent Farmer Hippo from boarding the hot air balloon

Good Time Frogs

Good Time Frogs
"Just Having a Good Time" Frogs from circa 1910 postcard by Leota Woy NYC USA features pair of frogs dancing.

Frogs on Thin Ice

Frogs on Thin Ice
Danger, eh? It's all the same to me whether the ice is thick or thin!

Photographer Frog

Photographer Frog
Pardon me, Mr. Rabbit, but I can't take your picture if you keep on wiggling your nose

Frog's Handbill

Frog's Handbill
Signor Frog glues a poster to the fence advertising his Song Recital

The Three Bears

The Three Bears
Who has been tasting my soup? From the fairy tale, Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Pancake Breakfast

Pancake Breakfast
The Big Brown Bear serves Little Jack Rabbit buckwheat cakes for breakfast

The White Bear

The White Bear
The witch has transformed the Prince into a white bear from the Norse fable, East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon

Beware of Bear

Beware of Bear
Muley Cow tells Grunty Pig that there are bears on Blue Mountain

Why the Bear is a Wrestler

Why the Bear is a Wrestler
Brother Bear plays too rough with Brother Tiger

The Kitten and the Bear

The Kitten and the Bear
The bruin in fear has climbed the nearest tree.

Bears at the Shore

Bears at the Shore
Bruin family taking advantage of all the amusement rides.

Kitty Overboard

Kitty Overboard
Captain Thomas Kitten throws Kitty a life preserver

Funny Cat

Funny Cat
A humorous looking cat

In Mischief

In Mischief
Five cats playing on an ornate gilded armchair

Feline Aviator

Feline Aviator
The kite went up above the trees and tossed and turned in the summer breeze, with Muffles, the Siamese cat aboard

Ship Cats

Ship Cats
Kitty is married to Captain Thomas Kitten of the S. S. Cataline

Cat's Play Thing

Cat's Play Thing
The cat has cornered Nils in the chicken coop from the story, "Nils Becomes an Elf"

Muffins

Muffins
Prince Domino's cat Muffles is an oriental Siamese. Adapted from 1910 illustration by artist Charles Twelvetrees.

The Three Rogues

The Three Rogues
Real-photo postcard of three adorable cats

Basket of Cats

Basket of Cats
Two kittens playing in a woven basket

My Wife Won't Let Me!

My Wife Won't Let Me!
Female mouse has him by the tail

Be it Ever So Humble

Be it Ever So Humble
There's no place like home. Mice living in an old abandoned shoe

When Coming Thro' the Rye

When Coming Thro' the Rye
If a body kiss a body need a body cry? Two mice eating a loaf of rye bread

Thumbelina and the Fieldmouse

Thumbelina and the Fieldmouse
Thumbelina came to live with the fieldmouse from the story by Hans Christian Anderson

The Old Crow

The Old Crow
The wren and the thrush talk to the old crow

Big White Egg

Big White Egg
"Come up to my nest!" Cried Henrietta Hen. I want to ask your advice said Henrietta Hen to old Whitey Hen.

The Six Swans

The Six Swans
Her six brothers were turned into swans by their evil stepmother

The Chickadee

The Chickadee
The chickadee is a most welcome visitor in January

Accordian Fish

Accordian Fish
Accordian Fish image from circa 1907 vintage postcard features a fish playing accordion underwater next to water lily.

Will Drop You a Line

Endearing Animals

Endearing Animals
Cats, dogs, squirrel, bunnies and birdie

Mr & Mrs Hedgehog

Mr & Mrs Hedgehog
Hedgehogs stop to chat

The Recital

The Recital
Signor Frog renders a song called 'Ger-rump' for his diverse audience

Kayaking Bunny

Kayaking Bunny
Little Jack Rabbit and Chippy Chipmunk meet Teddy Turtle while paddling downstream

Family Portrait

Family Portrait
Photographer Crane got ready to take the picture of Chippy Chipmunk and Little Jack Rabbit

The Rabbits Played

The Rabbits Played
The rabbits played around the pot until the dinner fire got good and hot. A Twelvetrees illustration

Primrose and Bee

Primrose and Bee
I wish I were a Primrose with a wandering bee to love me

Fox Lost His Dinner

Fox Lost His Dinner
Nils the elf grabbed the tail of Cunning Fox and the goose escaped

Home at Last

Home at Last
"Always mind your Mother," Said Mrs. Pig

Henrietta Hen Clucks

Henrietta Hen Clucks
Grunty Pig is scolded by Henrietta Hen for playing in the mud

The Duckling

The Duckling
One of Mrs. Blue Hen's hatchlings was a sight to see

See My Stock of Nuts

See My Stock of Nuts
Chippy Chipmunk talks to little Jack Rabbit about owning his own store

Stop Munching!

Stop Munching!
Henrietta Hen tries to stop Jimmy Rabbit from munching on the cabbage in the garden.

Don't Drown!

Don't Drown!
Henrietta Hen shrieked you'll be drowned and you'll get your feet wet.

Don't Worry!

Don't Worry!
Aunt Polly Helps children's illustration from The Tale of Henrietta Hen. "Don't worry!" Said Aunt Polly Woodchuck.

Tug of War

Tug of War
The demeanor of Sport and Spry after finding a bone.

Sport & Spry

Sport & Spry
The demeanor of Sport and Spry before finding a bone.

Old Gruff

Old Gruff
Old Gruff, the St. Bernard

Mother Goose's Last Trolley Ride

Mother Goose's Last Trolley Ride
Mother Goose: Lucky for you I fell in the water. I'll never trust myself on land again as long as I live.

Trolley Car Crash

Trolley Car Crash
Mother Goose is thrown from the runaway trolley car.

Runaway Trolley

Runaway Trolley
On a runaway trolley car, Mother Goose says, Here, you, conductor, I want a transfer and I want it NOW!

The Rabbit and the Moon

The Rabbit and the Moon
"What is the trouble?" says the oldest Rabbit to the Moon

The Tortoise and the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare
Slow and steady wins the race. From Aesop's Fable, the Tortoise and the Hare

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots
The cat promises to make his master's fortune

The Man's Boot

The Man's Boot
A man's boot has been found in the middle of the forest, and all the animals have gathered to discuss what it might be.

An Old-Fashioned Fuss

An Old-Fashioned Fuss
The Monkeys would make faces and squeal at the Dogs

Fox's Dilemma

Fox's Dilemma
Old Brother Fox talks to Mr. Rabbit about which dinner to attend, Brother Wolf's or Brother Bear's

How Lion Lost His Wool

How Lion Lost His Wool
Brother Lion fell into a keg of hot water and lost all his wool up to his shoulders

A Convalescent Lion

A Convalescent Lion
Mr. Rabbit visits Brother Lion while he is recovering.

Roly Poly on Vacation

Roly Poly on Vacation
Conductor: All aboard for the jungle! Step lively, please! Both gates!

Roly Poly on Vacation

Roly Poly on Vacation
The three giraffe boys: Come on in, Roly Poly. We're dying for a swim, but the water isn't deep enough.

Whales at Play

Whales at Play
They lead a merry life, those whales; what with hurdle-races and fish hunts and spouting matches

The Crocodile

The Crocodile
The crocodile is searching for prey


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  • Many of the vintage illustrations and artwork that you will find on the pages of our site has been carefully retouched due to damage garnered over time. The original images, from turn of the century ephemera, had often travelled through the US mail, by whatever means employed at the time: horse & buggy / horseback, and then by rail to auto (by 1901). The heyday of the postcard is represented in Eleanor's Vintage Gift Shop; the art of the postcard flourished roughly up until World War I, or until the German printers were destroyed. The beautifully rendered images of children by artist Ellen Clapsaddle can be found throughout this site.

    The other main feature of our shop are children's illustrations from all time classic children's books / literature from the Golden Age of Illustration. Great artists like W.W. Denslow (1856-1915) for the Wizard of Oz and The Pearl and the Pumpkin, amazing artist Charles Robinson (1870 - 1937) for Bee, Princess of the Dwarfs, Palmer Cox (1840-1924) for his fantastic Brownies, and John R. Neill (1877- 1943) for the Oz series and many more are represented in our collection.

    All the images herein are gleaned from a personal collection and borne of a pure appreciation of the artistry beheld. For Holiday gifts and presents, re-visit the past with vintage artist illustrations from children's books, rare postcards and eclectic ephemera, all to be found in Eleanor's vintage shop. Great holiday gifts available for purchase include women's and men's clothing like T-Shirts, long-sleeve cotton shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, aprons, tank tops, organic tee shirts, hats, bags, maternity, baby / infant clothes & bibs as well as kids' shirts, tees and hoodies; fun decorative gifts like calendars, stickers, framed tiles, magnets, buttons, mouse pads, ornaments, posters, framed prints; cool housewares like clocks, tile coasters, and mugs and lots of ways to keep in touch with style the old-fashioned way with greeting cards, postcards, note cards, journals and more. Shop from the heyday of design & the golden age of illustration, when great artists were employed to appeal to the holiday spirit across the miles.



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