Monday, August 4, 2014

Free Graphics Of Corsets From 1905 "Home Needlework Magazine".

What Price Beauty? The Corset!

Hello everyone. My dear friend Louise and I recently took a break from playing with buttons and enjoyed an evening poring over a stack of Home Needlework Magazines from the turn of the twentieth century.

   The magazines are full of embroidery, beadwork, and lace patterns, with a wonderful array of images of clothing from that period

Of course, you can’t help but notice the unnatural shape of the women. After all, what lady of the time would be caught out without her corset tightly laced?

Our discussion of the fashions of that time period reminded Louise of a wonderful little book about corsets called “The Corset and the Crinoline: A Book of Modes and Costumes From Remote Periods to the Present Time” (1868) by W.B.I., available online at

   The book presents a somewhat dubious history of the corset, but contains a few noteworthy descriptions of attitudes towards that garment and other modes of dress.

“From periods of very remote antiquity, and with the gradual increase of civilization, much attention appears to have been paid to the formation and cultivation of the female figure, and much the same means were had recourse to for the achievement of the same end prior to 560 B.C. as in the year 1868. Terentius, the Roman dramatist, who was born in the year 560, causes one of his characters, in speaking of the object of his affections, to exclaim ---
‘This pretty creature isn’t at all like our town ladies, whose mothers saddle their backs and straitlace their waists to make them well-shaped. If any chance to grow a little plumper than the rest, they presently cry, ‘She’s an hostess,’ and then her allowance must be shortened, and though she be naturally fat and lusty, yet by dieting she is made as slender as a broomstick. By this means one woodcock or another is caught in their springe.’ ”

The author quotes Philip Stubbs (1585) discussing the dress of the Elizabethan period:
…Some are wrought with open worke downe to the midst of the ruffe, and further, some with close worke, some with purled lace so cloied, and other gewgaws so pestered, as the ruffe is the least part of itselfe. Sometimes they are pinned upp to their eares, sometimes they are suffered tohange over theyr shoulders, like windemill sailes fluttering in the winde; and thus everyone pleaseth her selfe in her foolish devises.”
The following is one of my favorites from the book:

“These privie coats by art made strong
With bones, with paste, with such like ware,
Whereby their back and sides grow long,
And now they harnest gallants are;
Were they for use against the foe
Our dames for Amazons might go.”

“The Corset and the Crinoline” is primarily an argument for the wearing of corsets. The author seems to encourage mothers to lace their girls up as early as seven years of age, attempts to refute the claims made by the physicians of the time that the corset might be injurious to health by quoting testimonials from a current women’s magazine. The male of the species is not left out of the debate, and there are several men who chime in with their own experience of being laced.

 hesitate to whole-heartedly recommend the text of the little book, but it is an interesting (albeit one-sided) discussion of a major fashion item of the past, as well as being a treasure trove of old graphic images.

Here are a few more images for your enjoyment.
Thanks for visiting Bumble Button. I hope your enjoyed my small contribution to Louise’s wonderful site.

Much love to all,

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Celebrating Mothers Day with Darling 19th Century Paintings by Frederick Morgan

Hi Everyone!
Tomorrow is Mothers day. 
A day to celebrate and thank our moms for all they do. 
I am very thankful that my mother has made it to 82. Best of all she is in good heath. I love her so much.
The following paintings all feature a mother with her children. 
The artist is Frederick Morgan (1847-1927). 
How sweet and sentimental his paintings are! 
I hope you enjoy these and it is not to late to make a Mothers Day card!
Much love as always, Louise

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Children's clothing 1910 to 1923 From Antique Photographs Free Images for Artists and Crafts.

Hi Everyone and Welcome!
Thank you for all your comments. It makes me very happy to know that you like what I post.
The post on April 26 was liked by so many of you.
My new little laptop computer has been working great but I am still learning about it.

Life is good at the moment.  How grateful I am. I always wonder how you all are doing. There is so much happening around the world. I hope all is well with you.

Now lets see what should I post today? Cruising through my files I came up with these pictures. I like them because they are grainy and not in sharp focus. The originals may have been but these have gone from an original film negative to photographic print to printed page in a magazine, scanned by the online library and then click and saved by me. Quite a journey for an image.
Family photos even if you did not have any from your real family. I love the big bows and the clothing. This is an unusual post but I am sure one of you crafty ones came come up with something.

 The pictures come from  Kodakery magazines circa 1919-1920s. from Wonder who came up with that tittle!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Welcome May! Beautiful Antique P.J. Redoute` Early Botanical Prints of Iris

  Hi everyone! Welcome to you all.

Today is the first of May. A month with mothers day and my birthday. For the last several years one of the places I like to go (after a brunch) is to a local iris farm. Row after row of  all kinds of blooming iris. My mother always had irises in our garden. I came across P.J. Redoute` volumes of botanical prints at my favorite online library I was first introduced to Redoute by a dear friend who was planning a rose garden. She had a book of his work featuring roses. The pictures below are from various volume's dating back to 1806-1812. Be sure and  click for a larger version. Blue is my favorite color so these are all blue. 
I wish that the month of May be full of good things for you!
Much love to you all, Louise

Monday, April 28, 2014

Darling Children on Swings in Art and Illustrations. Late 1800's to Early 1900's

HI Everyone! So glad you have come for a visit. 
Swinging was always fun when I was a child. Playground or school swings  were fun but nothing like the one at  my Nana's house.My Grandparents had a huge old oak tree in their orchard. From one of the high strong branches hung a course rope swing with a weathered wooden seat.  The tree was back in the orchard beyond the garden fence. The perfect escape when a family gathering was no longer interesting for a child. Ferns and shrubs circled the area. It was a cool and private place to go. I wonder who originally hung the swing because that was a massive oak tree! After we had grown up my sister was married there, 
Hope you have a wonderful and creative day!
Much love as always,

by Frederick Morgan
  Pictures are from children's books at the Baldwin digital library. The paintings were found at

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sunny Rhymes for Happy Children a Volland book illustrated by Carmen L. Browne

Hi everyone! Hope you are all having a wonderful and creative day. 

Today I went through hundreds of old magazines that have been accumulating. With quilting magazines at only a quarter and free if they are older than 3 years it is so easy to get carried away. I pulled out the pictures and patterns of quilts I just loved and the rest is going to recycling. Now I want to plan and sew quilts! National geographic and Smithsonian magazines that I 'might' reread are also going. It seems I have a bit of spring cleaning going on!

Well on to the theme of the day. It is always so hard to choose! When I found this old Volland book  Sunny Ryhmes for Happy Children I knew it would be  perfect.  The illustrations are by Carmen L. Browne. Volland was a book publisher of children's books and greeting cards. You can find out more about Volland at 

Much love to all of you, 



 All these illustrations are from

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Beautiful Images from 1800's Children's Books plus Buttons and Lace

Hi everyone and welcome friends, old and new.

It has been a busy day getting everything ready to bring to the store. It feels really good to open one of my little sorting drawers and find it empty. That means all of that type of button are carded. What a relief! We always get cuff links and collar studs in with the buttons and that little drawer was overflowing until today.

Get nice and clean.

Dress for a new day.

Open the door.

Daddy's home to play!

And now for some buttons and lace.
How cute is this! A black glass hatbox button.

 A few of the Channel buttons someone donated.

 We had a wonderful donation of rhinestone buttons.It was so fun going thru all the bling! 

 I  love lace and this piece is gorgeous!  

One more bit of lace.