Menu

history

Vintage Homes Adult Coloring Book #3: Beautiful Victorian Houses

Vintage Homes Adult Coloring Book #3: Beautiful Victorian Houses

Vintage Homes: Adult Coloring Book – Antique Victorian House Designs in Queen Anne & Other Classic Styles

This is not a typical coloring book! It features authentic vintage images that were drawn a century ago.

The most charming homes of the later Victorian era were a sight to behold, from their complex structures to their ornate crafted details. Inside this book, you can take a look back to the 1880s and 1890s, when many elaborately-decorated houses were built in America.

Read more below!

Read more »

Classic Cars Adult Coloring Book #3: Vintage Automobiles (1930-1939)

During the 1930s, the automobile industry expanded beyond the utilitarian, and producing cars with improved speed, strength, efficiency, size and comfort.

Auto body designs also changed considerably during the thirties, transitioning from the more box-like shapes (reminiscent of their predecessors, horse-drawn carriages) to those that were smoother, sleeker and more rounded. Luxury car designs also began to feature perks like radios, heaters, extra legroom and trunk space along with more powerful engines and automatic transmissions.

Buyers loved these improvements, and their popularity helped make it possible for the automotive industry to survive the Great Depression — and thrive — in the years leading up to World War II.

On the pages within, we have many of classic car brands dating back to the Thirties, including Plymouth, Studebaker, Chrysler, Pierce Arrow, Ford, Cadillac, Buick, Franklin, Lincoln, Hudson, Hupmobile, Packard and Oldsmobile. (Note that these images are not modern interpretations of these cars, but authentic illustrations drawn in the ’30s to advertise the automobiles or to go with newspaper stories.)

The drawings are arranged by year, and each of the images on the pages inside was chosen from thousands of illustrations published between 1930 and 1939. They’re all printed on just one side of the paper, while page numbering and other image information appears on the reverse, ensuring the coloring side is distraction-free and even suitable for framing.

Hope you enjoy the ride!

Note: This is not a typical coloring book! It features authentic vintage images that were drawn decades ago.

Read more »

Ghost Stories and Other Haunting Tales from Yesterday

Think you don’t scare easily? Try taking a creepy detour along the edge of the spirit realm with these tales that have endured for more than a century!

The stories in this book are chilling classics from the Victorian era and the early twentieth century — indeed, the voices of authors from beyond the grave. You’ll unearth shocking and suspenseful short stories of haunted houses and frightful apparitions, terrifying encounters and supernatural obsessions, bizarre coincidences and other sinister scenarios.

These ghost stories and other haunting narratives deliver timeless thrills through a variety of intensely imaginative plots. This ghoulishly delightful collection features 50 spine-tingling tales from the past — including those by literary greats such as Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Wharton, O. Henry, Rudyard Kipling, Guy de Maupassant, Daniel Defoe and Washington Irving.

Fearful fact or fantastic fiction? You decide. But don’t be surprised if these compelling narratives keep you up at night, shivering as you wonder which ones just might be true.

See below for a list of the old-fashioned ghost stories in this book!

Read more »

Vintage Homes Adult Coloring Book: Luxurious Victorian Houses & Mansions

The most luxurious homes of the Victorian era were a sight to behold, from their commanding size right down to their charming details.

Inside this book, you can take a look back to the 1870s — a time when many of the most ornate and elegant homes were built in America! Not only was the architecture remarkable, so,were their bold colors.

These 42 authentic home designs, created at the end of the Civil War reconstruction era, were made for those with extravagant budgets who desired grand estates and luxurious mansions.

The lavish homes within this book feature high-end details such as resplendent porches and balconies, bay windows, arches, spires, turrets and towers, and all manner of ornate moldings and trim.

Several types of exquisite architectural styles are within, including homes in the Gothic style, Franco-Italian and French château styles, Villas — and even a grandiose Elizabethan mansion. As a bonus, the original published descriptions are included on the back of each illustration, along with floor plans.

While fans of classic and revival architecture will likely swoon over each stunning view, these elaborate, detailed illustrations will be of particular interest to experienced colorists.

The homes from this age that remain standing today are considered historic treasures — all the more reason to explore these magnificent pieces of America's architectural past.

Read more »

300 Vintage Pressure Cooker Recipes

Inside 300 Vintage Pressure Cooker Recipes: Dozens of Delicious Recipes for Chicken, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Plus Side Dishes & Desserts to Use As-Is or Adapt for Your Instant Pot, you really will find a wealth of good old-fashioned pressure cooker recipes for chicken, beef, pork, lamb – including roasts, casseroles and stews – as well as ideas and directions to make great soups, side dishes and desserts.

We carefully sifted through thousands of resources to rediscover these classic menu ideas and methods, so there's no other book out like this. The authentic time-honored recipes on the pages within come from 150 different newspapers and other vintage publications from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s & 1970s. They’re all sorted by category and then organized by type – and there’s a full index at the start of this book.

Most of the recipes featured are for dishes as popular today as ever – but we also left in a couple super-dated favorites just for fun. (If you’re brave enough to make the Jellied Ribbon Meat Loaf, let us know how it turns out!)

Now that you have this book handy, you can use the recipes in this collection in a manual stovetop pressure cooker, or adapt them to use in your Instant Pot® or other electric pressure cooker. Best of all, you can let them inspire your own creations!

Read more »
Vintage Women Coloring Book #7: Fashion Layouts from the Early 1920s

Vintage Women Coloring Book #7: Fashion Layouts from the Early 1920s

This is not a typical coloring book! It features authentic vintage images that were drawn nearly a century ago.

The early 1920s was a time of flappers and freedom, ragtime and jazz, The Great Gatsby and the silver screen, along with stars like Mary Pickford and Norma Talmadge.

“Flappers” were all about confidence, bucking tradition, and forging new paths. Naturally, the styles of the early '20s demonstrated how young women were rebelling against corsets and petticoats, instead adopting simpler, sassier clothes with straight lines that were flirty and emphasized the much-desired slender frames.

Between these covers, you will find 43 coloring pages with more than 180 different examples of outfits popular during the twenties — dresses, suits, coats — and including hats, parasols, shawls and other on-trend attire. All are from newspaper fashion features, which showed the newest styles drawn into a trendy layout or location.

As you will see, the stereotypical “flapper style” seen in modern media really represents just a fragment of what was considered to be in vogue at the time. While the silhouettes were usually sleek, the fabrics, ornamentation and accessories often made up for such simplicity.

And now it's time to give these outfits from the Roaring Twenties the color and the verve they have been missing for the better part of a century!

Read more »

Classic Cars Adult Coloring Book #2: Vintage Automobiles (1920-1929)

The early automobile age was an exciting time for America, and the classic cars built during those years were technological marvels both practical and popular.

Sales of cars positively boomed in the 1920s. A newspaper story published in July 1922 said that more than a million motor vehicles had been sold during the first half of that year, and things were only going to get better. “In the second week of June, two of the largest companies — Ford and Buick — shattered all records for a single day’s production,” wrote a correspondent for The St Louis Star and Times. By early 1927, experts were estimating that the United States would produce at least five million cars and trucks both that year and the next.

On the pages within, we have dozens of classic car brands dating back to the Twenties, including Chandler, Oakland, Pontiac, Chrysler, Nash, Essex, Ajax, Hupmobile, Franklin, Dodge, Overland, Buick, Gardner, Graham Paige, Elcar and Ford. (Note that these images are not modern interpretations of these cars, but authentic illustrations drawn about a century ago to advertise the automobiles or to go with newspaper stories.)

The drawings are arranged by year, and each of the images on the pages inside was chosen from thousands of illustrations published between 1920 and 1929. They’re all printed on just one side of the paper, while page numbering and other image information appears on the reverse, ensuring the coloring side is distraction-free and even suitable for framing.

Hope you enjoy the ride!

Note: This is not a typical coloring book! It features authentic vintage images that were drawn nearly a century ago.

Read more »

Classic Cars Adult Coloring Book #1: Early American Automobiles (1895-1919)

The dawn of the automobile age was an exciting time for America, and the classic cars built during those early years were technological marvels both practical and popular.

“It is not outside the realm of possibility that in the century soon to dawn, the horseless carriage may be as familiar on the public highway as the bicycle is today,” noted The San Francisco Call in February of 1896.

Four years later, they had indeed become more familiar because the motor car trend grew fast. As The Topeka State Journal reported at the time, “Among the recent inventions designed for utility, pleasure or comfort, none has attracted so much attention as the automobile.”

Of course, all of that attention — not to mention how these new cars made the world so much more accessible — led to a productive multi-million dollar industry. As early as the year 1902, it was estimated that there were 300 different automobile manufacturers in the United States.

On the pages within, we have dozens of classic car brands dating back to the late Victorian age, including Buick, Cadillac, Cartercar, Chalmers, Chandler, Cole, Davis, Ford, Franklin, Grant, Hudson, Kissel, Marmon, Mitchell, Oakland, Oldsmobile, Overland, Packard, Pierce Arrow, Rambler, Scripps-Booth, Stoddard-Dayton and Studebaker.

The drawings are arranged by year, and each of the images on the pages inside was chosen from thousands of illustrations published between 1895 and 1919. They’re all printed on just one side of the paper, while page numbering and other image information appears on the reverse, ensuring the coloring side is distraction-free and would even be suitable for framing.

Note: This is not a typical coloring book! It features authentic vintage images that were drawn more than a century ago.

Read more »

Pantsuits: Scrapbook of a Style Revolution

Pantsuits: Scrapbook of a Style Revolution: How Women Stood Up and Shocked the World by Daring to Wear Pants

Decades before Hillary Clinton became the modern world’s most famous pantsuit-wearer, women across the United States and around the world were making their own political statements by slipping on the humble pants-and-jacket combo.

See the sample pages on this page for a preview of what’s inside this book!

In Great Britain? Click here for the amazon.co.uk link

Paperback: 110 pages

Published: December 4, 2016

ISBN-10: 1944633561

ISBN-13: 978-1944633561

Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches

Read more »

The Beer Lover’s Guide to Vintage Advertising: Featuring Hundreds of Classic Beer, Ale & Lager Ads from American History

RAISE A GLASS TO THE PAST!

Welcome, beer lovers, to a time when the brew wasn’t only something delicious to be enjoyed, but was actually celebrated as a healthy drink that sparked the appetite and helped you sleep.

Beer has been made and sold in this country since before it even was a country. In fact, as far back as the 1600s, Manhattan (then known as New Amsterdam) was home to some of the first commercial breweries this side of the Atlantic. Still, it took more than 100 years before companies regularly advertised their wares.

We dove deep into newspaper archives to find hundreds of early ads for beers and brewers  — covering the years between the American Revolution and the end of Prohibition — then put them all together to make this picture of the past. With more than 400 individual clippings, hundreds of vintage beer brands are represented! (To help you find something specific, we have also included a comprehensive index.)

All of the authentic antique images in this book were carefully chosen, then digitally restored to return them to their original glory. They’re in sections based on the date of publication, so you can easily find a specific era, or browse the ads to see how trends changed through the years.

So grab a bottle of your favorite malted beverage, and enjoy this little trip back through time. As they used to say, “After the nervous tension of a day’s work, there’s no better relaxation than a glass of good beer.”

Or a book about good beer.

Read more »
Vintage Homes Adult Coloring Book #2: Classic Victorian Houses
1970s

Vintage Homes Adult Coloring Book #2: Classic Victorian Houses

Vintage Homes: Adult Coloring Book – Antique Victorian House Designs in Queen Anne & Other Classic Styles

This is not a typical coloring book! It features authentic vintage images that were drawn a century ago.

The most charming homes of the later Victorian era were a sight to behold, from their complex structures to their ornate crafted details. Inside this book, you can take a look back to the 1880s and 1890s, when many elaborately-decorated houses were built in America.

The homes in this book are mainly in the Queen Anne, Stick and Eastlake styles, though some may be considered Folk Victorian, with their unique and beautiful “gingerbread house” detailing. Most of these houses were built from wood, with many different textures, patterns, carvings and other ornamentation incorporated into the design.

These 44 authentic antique house designs have all been drawn in the architectural elevation view — as if seen straight-on from the front. Many of these houses include wonderful wide porches and balconies, cupolas, turrets and towers, steep roofs, paneled chimneys, shingles, spindles, and ornate moldings and trim.

But what about the exterior colors, as seen on the Painted Ladies in San Francisco? In addition to the creative, crafty styles of architecture, advances in manufacturing made a rainbow of paint shades affordable, and the homes that remain from this time are often vividly colored.

While fans of Victorian architecture will likely admire each stunning image, these elaborate illustrations will be of special interest to experienced colorists thanks to the beautifully-detailed originals.

Now you can give these vintage homes the color and the verve they have been missing for more than a century!

Read more »
Vintage Patterns Adult Coloring Book: Nature-inspired designs from the Victorian & Edwardian eras

Vintage Patterns Adult Coloring Book: Embroidery designs from the Victorian & Edwardian eras

This is not a typical coloring book! It features authentic vintage images that were drawn a century ago.

Some of the most timeless and captivating artwork in the world is inspired by nature — and that's as true today as it was 150 years ago.

The vintage patterns in this book, made over the course of more than sixty years, show how graceful line drawings of flowers and other natural wonders can be enhanced by lines, repetition and symmetry.

Until just a few generations ago, everyday items and clothes were regularly decorated with fancy stitchery. For creative inspiration, they turned to the newspapers and magazines of the day. By combing through print archives from the 1850s through the 1910s, we found dozens of antique patterns in Victorian and Edwardian styles — featuring floral motifs, leaves and vines, flourishes and combinations thereof.

Most of these vintage designs were intended to provide suggestions for embroidery or other needlework to adorn clothing and linens, or to for the kind of knicknacks people desired long ago. We wanted to restore these antique graphics and create from them coloring pages that would appeal to hobbyists and artists today.

No matter their purpose in the past, these carefully-curated antique drawings deserve to be appreciated in the here and now… and with your help, they will!

Read more »

Pin It on Pinterest

join the fun

Don’t miss out on the latest and greatest vintage stuff!

Sign up for our free weekly newsletter here.