Saturday, September 27, 2008

When the paparazzi are bored...



Rooftop photographers c.1920



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Friday, September 26, 2008

Nightmare On Wall Street Revisited



Vintage Fairies






'.. there is a vast array of living creatures whose bodies are of that rare tenuity and subtlety from our point of view that they lie beyond the range of our normal senses. Many children and sensitives see them, and hence our fairy lore - all founded on actual and now demonstrable fact!'





'..the fact of their existence has faded to a shadow, and a most delightful and charming field of nature study has too long been veiled. In this twentieth century there is promise of the world stepping out of some of its darker shadows. Maybe it is an indication that we are reaching the silver lining of the clouds when we find ourselves suddenly presented with actual photographs of these enchanting little creatures - relegated long since to the realm of the imaginary and fanciful...'





'Fairies use bodies of a density that we should describe, in non-technical language, as of a lighter than gaseous nature, but we should be entirely wrong if we thought them in consequence unsubstantial. In their own way they are as real as we are, and perform functions in connection with plant life of an important and most fascinating character. To hint at one phase -many a reader will have remarked on the lasting freshness and beauty of flowers cut and tended by one person, and, on the other hand, their comparatively short life when in the care of another. The explanation is to be found in the kindly devotion of the one person and the comparative indifference of the other, which emotions affect keenly the nature spirits in whose immediate care the flowers are.'





'...Though the nature spirit must be regarded as practically irresponsible, living a gladsome, joyous, and delightfully untrammelled life, each member appears to possess at least a temporary definite individuality at times, and to rejoice in it....'





'...The content of the body still appears homogeneous, though somewhat denser, and the shape of 'human' is usually only seen when not at work. The nature spirit so clothed indulges in active movement in skipping and dancing gestures and exhibits a gay abandon suggestive of the keenest delight in the experience...'






Above excerpts from 'The Coming Of The Fairies' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle . 1922.

Vintage fairy prints from our collection. Click on pics above to view more /purchase.


Domestic Bliss



Put your feet up and enjoy the weekend ladies..
c. 1907

Vintage Medical Advertisements Posters



Dr Roback's Stomach Bitters. USA .1866



Dr Pierce's Family Medicines . USA. c.1875



Dr D Jayne's Tonic Vermifuge . USA. c.1890.



c.1890



Hoofland's German Tonic Water. USA. c.1860s



Benson's Capcine Porous Plaster. USA. c.1887



Vintage medical poster prints from our collection. Click on pics above to view more /purchase.

Vintage Coney Island Water Fun



'The Great Coney Island Water Carnival' . c.1898


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Coney Island Bathing Beauties c.1896



'At Gay Coney Island' . Theatre Poster. c.1898


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Wednesday, September 24, 2008







Vintage Champagne Lovers







Contratto . Cappiello . 1922







Moet & Chandon Champagne . c.1900







Champagne de Rochegre Poster. Cappiello .



Vintage champagne posters & photos from our Drinks collection.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Vintage French Risque Surreal Postcard



Vintage Opium - 'The 'Vices of Venus'






WITH OPIUM, EUPHORIA leads the way to death. The tortures come from going against the current back toward life. A whole springtime drives the veins to madness, sweeping along ice and molten lava.





I advise the addict who has been deprived for eight days to bury his head in his arm, to glue his ear to that arm, and to wait. Upheavals, riots, factories exploding, armies retreating, flood - in the starry night of the human body, the ear bears witness to an entire apocalypse. more

.... Jean Cocteau. Detox diary





Le Poison

Wine clothes the sordid walls of hovels old
with pomp no palace knows,
evokes long peristyles in pillared rows
from vaporous red and gold;
like sunset with her cloud-built porticoes.

And opium widens all that has no bourn
in its unbounded sea;
moments grow hours, pleasures cease to be
in souls that, overworn,
drown in its black abyss of lethargy.

Dread poisons, but more dread the poisoned well
of thy green eyes accurst;
tarns where I watch my trembling soul, reversed
my dreams innumerable
throng to those bitter gulfs to slake their thirst.

Dread magic, but thy mouth more dread than these:
its wine and hellebore
burn, floods of Lethe, in my bosom's core,
till winds of madness seize
and dash me swooning on Death's barren shore!

Charles Baudelaire. The Flowers of Evil.





'..O just, subtle, and mighty opium! that to the hearts of poor and rich alike, for the wounds that will never heal, and for "the pangs that tempt the spirit to rebel," bringest and assuaging balm;
- eloquent opium! that with thy potent rhetoric stealest away the purposes of wrath, and, to the guilty man, for one night givest back the hopes of his youth, and hands washed pure from blood; and, to the proud man, a brief oblivion for

Wrongs unredressed, and insults unavenged;

that summonest to the chancery of dreams, for the triumphs of suffering innocence, false witnesses, and confoundest perjury, and dost reverse the sentences of unrighteous judges; thou buildest upon the bosom of darkness, out of the fantastic imagery of the brain, cities and temples, beyond the art of Phidias and Praxiteles, - beyond the splendour of Babylon and Hekatompylos; and, "from the anarchy of dreaming sleep," callest into sunny light the faces of long-buried beauties, and the blessed household countenances, cleansed from the "dishonours of the grave." Thou only givest these gifts to man; and thou hast the keys of Paradise, oh just, subtle, and mighty opium! ..'

Thomas de Quincey. Confessions of an English Opium Eater.




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Vintage Motorcycle with Sidecar



Vintage postcard image


Vintage French Showgirls & Music Hall Beauties






















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