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Scroll down to see our complete collection of fabulous fairies, gnomes, brownies, trolls, goblins, sprites & elves from children's literature of yore. Click on any image to select from a magical array of gifts.

Fairy Voices

Fairy Voices
"Oh, listen, little Dear-My-Soul, to the fairy voices calling..." Illustration of two fairies on a leaf on the water from a 1905 reader.

Song of the Leprechaun

Song of the Leprechaun
Big boots a-hunting Sandals in the hall, White for a wedding feast Pink for a ball. This way that way So we make a shoe; Getting rich every stitch Tick-a-tack-too! A fairy shoemaker in his cave.

Fairy Slippers

Fairy Slippers
The young fairy's shoes have become shabby and faded so she tries on some snapdragon flowers in this illustration for a 1920 children's book.

Brownies in the Toy Shop

Brownies in the Toy Shop
At length before a store, their eyes
Were fixed with wonder and surprise
On toys of wood, and wax, and tin,
And toys of rubber piled within.
- Palmer Cox

The Mugwump

The Mugwump
Art Nouveau illustration of the Mugwump from a 1901 children's book.

Reading is Magic

Reading is Magic
A fairy takes a look at a book in this illustration from a 1922 children's book.

Fairy Flowers

Fairy Flowers
With roses plumed that bloomed and bloomed. Girl walks beneath an arch of roses that have been tended by fairies in this illustration from a 1910 children's book.

Vacationland

Vacationland
Children carrying fishing paraphernalia are led by a satyr to the entrance of vacationland where a fairy awaits them

Whimsical Alphabet

Whimsical Alphabet
1912 Children's Alphabet in Pictures, with fairies and elves and winged creatures, a flight of fancy.

Fairyland Messenger

Fairyland Messenger
A cherub greets a fairy and her entourage of imps, bunny, moth and beetles. 1912 illustration by Albertine Randall Wheelan

Christmas Brownie

Christmas Brownie
Brownie loaded down with Christmas packages

Scottish Brownie

Scottish Brownie
Brownie Donald MacCraggie from the Highlands of Scotland relates from Scottish tradition that Brownies, like fairies and goblins, are imaginary little sprites who are supposed to delight in harmless p

Brownies Vanish

Brownies Vanish
We are creatures of the night and must vanish at daylight

Broken Heart

Broken Heart
Oh I was free as One could be from Lover's sigh or pain, But Cupid's dart has found my heart and Split it fair in twain

Arrows of the Sun

Arrows of the Sun
From the arrows of the sun, Now the Brownie band must run

No Admittance

No Admittance
Two Brownies are reading a sign barring carpetbaggers from the Whitehouse

Brownie Valentine

Brownie Valentine
Two Brownies are admiring a Valentine

Brownies in a Stump

Brownies in a Stump
The Brownies are awaiting the close of day, in places that hide them from people's sight

Brownies Running

Brownies Running
The sun was on its way and the Brownies ran along ridges high, where greatest speed could be attained, and hiding-places quickly gained

Brownies Scurry

Brownies Scurry
The Brownies have finished delivering Valentines and are hurrying along the road to hide before the break of dawn

Brownies in Hiding

Brownies in Hiding
The Brownies are hiding in the coal bin

Brownie Barge

Brownie Barge
The Brownies employ goats and mules to pull the barges loaded with apples, cabbages, squashes, and pippins down the canal

Brownies Roll Pumpkins

Brownies Roll Pumpkins
The Brownies round up pumpkins to make their famous pies

The Brownies in December

The Brownies in December
The Brownies are decorating a Christmas tree to make the children shout with glee on Christmas morning

Turkeys To Go

Turkeys To Go
The Brownies are transporting the traditional Thanksgiving turkeys without waking them up

Brownies' Harvest

Brownies' Harvest
The Brownies climb the trees to harvest the apples

Runaway Boars

Runaway Boars
The Brownies employ the farmer's boars to help bring in the harvest

Pulley Collapse

Pulley Collapse
The Brownies are experiencing difficulties painting the wooden building at the Columbian Exposition

Brownies Scale the Column

Brownies Scale the Column
The Brownies check out the statue on top of the column at the World's Columbian Exposition

The Brownies in September

The Brownies in September
The Brownies gather to discuss going to the great 1892 World's Columbian Exposition

Brownies in Canoes

Brownies in Canoes
The Brownies are taking a fearful plunge down a waterfall in canoes

Tumbling Brownies

Tumbling Brownies
The Brownies are falling from the bridge support cable

The Brownies in June

The Brownies in June
The Brownies are climbing a bridge support cable

Brownies in the Toy Shop

Brownies in the Toy Shop
The Brownies climb all over the rocking horse

The Brownies' Circus

The Brownies' Circus
Brownies vault over an elephant

Raising the Flag

Raising the Flag
The Brownies are raising the American flag at the World's Columbian Exposition

Valentine Assembly Line

Valentine Assembly Line
The Brownies keep St. Valentine in mind while preparing love notes with Cupid's arrow

Bridge Disaster

Bridge Disaster
Several Brownies fall through a bridge that is closed for repairs

The Brownies in March

The Brownies in March
A vintage illustration from the 1893 children's book, The Brownies At Home by Palmer Cox. Seven Brownies fit into a single bed.

Brownies in Silhouette

Brownies in Silhouette
A rapid gait the Brownies showed through the fields and down the road. A vintage illustration from the Children's book, The Brownies At Home (c 1893) by Palmer Cox.

The Assembling of the Fays

The Assembling of the Fays
They come from beds of lichen green, They creep from the mullein's velvet screen; Fairies on the backs of beetles fly

Brownies in a Puddle

Brownies in a Puddle
Brownies (sprites unseen by humans) encounter difficulty while delivering valentines. Newly hand-colored vintage children's illustration.

Spring Fairy

Spring Fairy
Awake thou Wintry Earth, Fling off your Sadness; Fair Spring Flowers laugh forth, Your ancient Gladness

The Brownies in January

The Brownies in January
The Brownies planned, with language bold,a ride across the country cold

 The Court of Fairyland

The Court of Fairyland
A parade of goblins carrying Chinese lanterns come to pay homage

Catching a Thief

Catching a Thief
Three gnomes named Screwworm, Scramblepipe and Burrowjack are determined to catch the thief who stole their diamonds

Wumpity-Bump Boys

Wumpity-Bump Boys
The Wumpity-Bump boys are celebrating while riding the horse-drawn cart

Kookaburras

Kookaburras
Goblins with fairy wings and kookaburras laugh at sunrise

Ganderfeather

Ganderfeather
Princess Joyce ran towards the woods where her little sprite had disappeared

Brownies of the Insect World

Brownies of the Insect World
Insects and brownies are dancing hand-in-hand

The Grasshopper Ball

The Grasshopper Ball
The grasshoppers danced to a three musician band at the ball

Lullaby for Titania

Lullaby for Titania
Titania, the Fairy Queen and Elves

Hie Away Elf

Hie Away Elf
Elf sitting on a vine. An illustration for Hie Away, Hie Away by Sir Walter Scott

East o' the Sun Trolls

East o' the Sun Trolls
The whole pack of trolls shrieked and rushed for the castle to escape the rising sun. From the Norse fable, East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon

Cornfield Fairies

Cornfield Fairies
Then the cornfield folk and fairies hastened in -- a happy crew! vintage children's story illustration by Marion T. Justice features a housewarming party to celebrate the new house built by Peter

Jenny Wren

Jenny Wren
Jenny Wren is visited by beautiful fairy children.

The Shoemaker

The Shoemaker
A queer looking little man came jogging along the road. He said, "My name is Mum and I'm the Man in the Moon."

The Skylark's Spurs

The Skylark's Spurs
The fairy watched as the skylark moved the eggs to a safe place on the other side of the hedge.

Moon-Mist Queen

Moon-Mist Queen
A Dream Journey ~ The Moon-Mist Queen and Little Boy. The fairy Queen asked the boy if he cared to go on a flyaway trip.

The Clinkers

The Clinkers
Sparkle Spry spots a tiny old man peeping from behind the oven

Skipping Elves

Skipping Elves
A fairy elf is skipping over a bench.

The Bee Pasture

The Bee Pasture
The Bee Pasture vintage children's illustration image from The Story without an End. The child had fallen asleep and dreamt of fairies in a bee pasture.

Sleepy Time

Sleepy Time
Sleepy Time Songs and Stories image from vintage children's illustration. Fairy sprinkles stardust on sleeping child.

The Shoemaker and the Elves

The Shoemaker and the Elves
The shoemaker and his wife peek through the curtains at the elves who work through the night making shoes.

Starlit night

Starlit night
From Children's Story ~ Then holding his hand, away they sailed out into the starlit night. The fairy Queen lent the little boy gossamer wings to fly up into the sky.


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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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