Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Vintage hats

DES CHAPEAUX is a picture blog of vintage hats. Delightful.

The pictures are links to larger images.

Home Economics Collection

HEARTH is a core electronic collection of books and journals in Home Economics and related disciplines. Titles published between 1850 and 1950 were selected and ranked by teams of scholars for their great historical importance. The full text of these materials, as well as bibliographies and essays on the wide array of subjects relating to Home Economics, are all freely accessible on this site. This is the first time a collection of this scale and scope has been made available.

I return to this collection often. It covers decor, sewing and pattern making, housing, cooking, gardening, morals and much more. The images are available in a variety of sizes. A couple of books I recently browsed:
Student's manual of fashion drawing: thirty lessons with conventional charts
By Edith Young 1919

Woman as decoration
by Emily Burbank 1917
I like the grainy quality of these photos.

Once you are into the the body of the documents there are drop down boxes for choosing the size of the images and the page turning dropdown box will show which pages contain illustrations.

This collection is huge and I encourage you to browse it for yourself.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Utah Native Plants to Color

I thought it was easier to use the thumbnails rather than download the complete set.

Friday, May 06, 2005

University of Washington Special Collections

Among my favorites:
Fashion Plate Collection

Menu Collection

knitPro chart maker

knitPro is a free web application that translates digital images into knit, crochet, needlepoint and cross-stitch patterns. Just upload jpeg, gif or png (file should be less than 1 MB) images of whatever you wish -- portraits, landscapes, logos... and it will generate the image pattern on a graph sizable for any fiber project.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Beautiful Birds

Masterpieces from the Hill Ornithology Collection
Cornell University Library

Anthropomorphic Flowers

These books are just a very few of the full text children's books available at
Digitalisierte historische Kinderb├╝cher
a German children's book digitization project.
Blumen-Marchen by Ernst Kreidolf

Flora's Feast by Walter Crane

Viola Tricolor by Franz von Pocci

There are also books by Kate Greenaway, Edmund Dulac and Hans Christian Andersen. This is one of my favorite collections.