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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Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang (31 March 1844 – 20 July 1912) was a Scots poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The Andrew Lang lectures at the University of St Andrews are named after him. Read the full Wikipedia entry on […]

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Real Sugar and Lemons: Old Fashioned Lemonade Recipes from Food for the Hungry

Refreshing old-fashioned lemon recipes from Food for the Hungry, an early 20th Century cookbook compiled by Julia MacNair Wright and published in Philadelphia in 1903. Lemonade Peel six lemons; roll and slice them, and pack them in a pitcher, alternately with sugar, allowing for each lemon two heaping tablespoonfuls. Cover, and set in a cold […]

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Fourth of July Games for Children

An assortment of 4th of July games for children from an early 20th century book entitled Games for Everybody, by May C. Hofmann. Published in 1905, these games are a great old-fashioned educational way to celebrate the Fourth with little expense. Illustrated with an old line illustration from a Victorian fashion magazine (1874) that you […]

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Boy Blown to Smithereens: A Cautionary Vintage 4th of July Postcard

This comical 4th of July postcard from the early 1900s advises mothers to photograph boys just in case they should be blown to smithereens by a firecracker on the 4th. Free to use as clip art, you know the drill: if you use it on the web, kindly link back and share the love. Happy […]

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Christmas Games for Kids to Play

This assortment of old-fashioned Christmas games comes from the antique book Games for Everybody by May C. Hofmann, 1905. The illustration is taken from Here and There and Everywhere, Illustrated Stories and Poems for Little Folks, W. B. Conkey Co., 1895. Unfortunately, I found the book incomplete; not only is the cover missing, but the section on […]

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Vintage Fourth of July Postcard, Girl with Firecracker

Here is a great vintage 4th of July postcard that you can use as free clip art: I scanned this from my personal collection back in 2002! I found it today on an old back up. Unfortunately, I do not have many 4th of July postcards, but be on the lookout for a bunch of […]

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