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Known as ‘The Voice of the Empire’ or ‘The Voice of the Century’, Dame Clara Butt (1872-1936) was born in Sussex and brought up in Bristol. She became one of the most famous and beloved of English recitalists and concert singers. A ‘booming’ contralto, she was remarkably imposing at 6′ 2″. Sheet music, tea tray and piano from The Graphics Fairy. Other sheet music from DigitalCollageImages on Flickr. The flourish to the left is from VintageArtDownload.com and the vintage postcard of Clara Butt is in my own collection.

Source: Taking Tea with Clara Butt T-Shirt | Zazzle

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Sarah

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Discreet French Charm

A change of pace to show you this charming vintage French advertising image, presumably to proclaim the delights of Saint Denis (see top of image), which comes from The Graphics Fairy. I enhanced the original and added the almond green border.

Available at the following galleries:
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK

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Sarah


The back of a vintage postcard from The Old Design Shop proved the perfect setting for this lady and her fan. Where she came from I’m not sure but I believe I picked her up at some village fair when I was in my teens.

Femme Fatale
ˌfam fəˈtɑːl/
An attractive and seductive woman, especially one who will ultimately cause distress to a man who becomes involved with her. Early 20th century: French, literally ‘disastrous woman’.

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Sarah


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A new collage using a vintage postcard of mine — yes, the same one as in The Walking Bicycle and The Victorian Fashion Plate — and an abstract green background and bustier from Marcie Sommers of Digital Kiss, not forgetting a little tinkering with the old Photoshop.

I haven’t thought of a name yet.  The title I’ve given to this post is, perhaps, too obvious for the image itself, but if you have any suggestions, post a comment below as I’d love to hear them. Or, if you like ‘Bodice Ripper’, tell me!

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Sarah


And here’s the second in the series using black & white clip art from The Graphics Fairy. In fact, Karen only added this fashion plate lady to her blog today!

Linking to Brag Monday.

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Sarah


I’ll admit it: I’m very taken with this latest piece of mine and you might see a whole series in the next week or so.  The background is that of a vintage postcard from my collection, while the man and his walking bicycle from the 1850s is courtesy of the ever-bountiful Karen Watson of The Graphics Fairy.

The reason I have called this post The Walking Bicycle or The Dandy Horse is because the original clip art is captioned ‘The Dandy Horse’.  You can now tell your friends that you know all about dandy horses.  It’s not a mode of transport, I suspect, that ever went into production.  If you can prove me wrong, let me know at once! It might be a greeting card your father or grandfather would enjoy receiving on Father’s Day but don’t suggest he might remember such a contraption.

One of the reasons I like the design so much is that it’s in black & white.  Sometimes you hanker for a break from colour and need the deep, deep peace of monochrome.  So there you have it.

You will not be surprised to learn that I have a tab open on my browser with a search for all Karen’s black & white clip art.

STOP PRESS: I’m completely wrong!  Click here.  Karen and I may be completely out with the date of the 1850s for Wikipedia mentions the ‘dandy horse being particularly popular in the summer of 1819.  Yer learn summat everyday.

Linking to Brag Monday.

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Sarah

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