Miss Mary

I am a semi-reclusive web designer in the Philadelphia region with an appetite for ephemera and antique books.

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Portrait of Medusa Clip Art

The dreadful Medusa, from a 19th century engraving, to use as clip art when you need a little fantasy/myth in your next project. I’ve always been fond of Medusa, she is a powerful totem when summoning the spirit of “keep the heck away from me.” When I researched her for this post, I was reminded […]

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Mythical Dragon Illustration

A nice little bit of dragon clip art for your Year of the Dragon festivities. A 19th century engraving of a dragon.

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Cupid Peeks Antique Valentine Postcard

Free Victorian Valentine’s Day clip art for you crafty romantics! This is a scan from my own collection of antique postcards and I’m happy to share it with you. It reads “To my Valentine”, although I’m always skeptical of cherubs bearing gifts. He’s clutching that arrow like a dagger and that far away gaze of his […]

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Poetic Puns

The pun, also called paronomasia, is a form of word play which suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect. Here is an assortment of corny old puns from Poetic Puns, a slim little book dated 1912. I The portrait tumbled […]

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When Cupid’s Arrow Strikes

Antique Victorian Valentine postcard from my collection. When Cupid’s arrow strikes…I suppose you should have ducked! Personally, I think his aim is terrible. The poem on this antique Valentine reads: When Cupid’s arrow strikes with piercing dart Within the region of the human heart May flowers bestrew the path, and high above Let the birds […]

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Victorian Valentine Scrap Clip Art

Two cherubs casually hanging around with nothing better to do than proclaim a Victorian motto: With fond love to thee. Adapted from an antique Victorian scrapbook image for your clip art crafting pleasure. Enjoy! Just click on the image for the larger source file.

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