Friday, May 15, 2009

The Animal Picture Book.

This is one of the other items I found on Monday while shopping in Westerville.

There's no publication date, but I think the book is at least 100 years old, based on the condition and style, and also on the clothes the kids are wearing in this picture:

There are a few little pictures and stories like this in the book, but the real treasure is all the full-page color plates.

I think this one is my favorite:

That's about half the pictures--there are also plates of a turkey, squirrels, a calf, a foal, a donkey, a "sly cat" lurking through a barn, a goat, and then pictures of a boy herding sheep and a hunting dog coming up out of a river. Aren't they gorgeous? The book has completely fallen apart, so I will have no guilt over taking some of the pictures out and framing them. They would look so sweet in an old-fashioned nursery or child's bedroom, but since we don't have any of those in this house, I'm thinking maybe in the foyer or upstairs hallway.

I love framing old postcards and pages from books. When you think about how much even the cheapest generic prints from T.J. Maxx can cost, it really can be very cost-effective to find your own art and frame it. Plus, it's completely unique!