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Forgotten Tales, Curious Articles, Obscure Poetry

The Wind and The Moon

The Wind and The Moon

by George MacDonald Said the Wind to the Moon, “I will blow you out!” You stare In the air As if crying ‘Beware,’ Always looking what I am about: I hate to be watched; I will blow you out!” The Wind blew hard, and out went the Moon. So, deep On a heap Of clouds, […]

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Justice for Bluebeard

Justice for Bluebeard

A humorous Victorian article that presents the case that perhaps the murderous Bluebeard of fairy tale and legend, was the victim in a nefarious plot. Included is an illustration suggesting what could be a most thrilling tableau vivant, or possibly a unique Halloween costume. Source: Lippincott’s Magazine, 1869 Annual How the bare mention of my […]

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Before & After: Altered and Restored Photographs

Friends Such as These

Friends Such as These

“May we never have friends who, like shadows, keep close to us in the sunshine, only to desert us on a cloudy day or in the night.” Wehman Bros. 700 New Toasts, 1906 Husbands and wives? Friends and lovers? No matter, Decim8 will treat them all the same. This was the image that I ended […]

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Guardian Angels Now to Thee

Guardian Angels Now to Thee

In a collection of antique photographs that has reached critical mass, this relatively simple cabinet card remains a favorite. A serene confident young mother with two lovely children in a typical studio pose. And then along came Decim8… A feeling of protection still radiates from the altered photograph, and my thoughts turned to The Cypress Wreath, A Book […]

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Free Printable Coloring Pages

Berkshire Pig Illustration

Berkshire Pig Illustration

This Berkshire Pig illustration for you to color is another selection from an antique coloring book called The New Model Painting Book for Young People.  Well suited for use as clip art, or save the file to print and color in whenever you get a hankering for swine. About the Berkshire Pig The Berkshire Pig is […]

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Blackcap Warbler European Song Bird Free Printable Coloring Book Page

Blackcap Warbler European Song Bird Free Printable Coloring Book Page

With a song in his heart, this blackcap warbler, a vintage coloring book illustration, is ready for eager artists to color in and enjoy. Just click on the image below for the larger printable version. Suggestions for Coloring In the Blackcap Warbler Bird Coloring Page Although I personally have never met the blackcap warbler, his […]

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This is How My Garden Grows

DIY Victorian Window Flower Box Planter

DIY Victorian Window Flower Box Planter

Here is a terrific idea for a DIY Victorian window box flower planter from an authentic Victorian source. A Window Flower-Box From The Cottage Hearth, 1876 Given fresh mosses or leaves, a few trailing creepers and two or three spikes of flowers, and the effect will be charming in a window box made after any […]

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