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The Joyce Mercer 1930s Vintage Children's Illustrations

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I feel I should just take a bow and shuffle back stage, letting you look at these illustrations without the distraction of words. But I am a writer, so I'll dilly-dally a little longer. 

Commissioned for The Big Christmas Wonder Book (1937) these incredibly stylised children’s illustrations by British artist Joyce Mercer (1896–1965) demand to be stared at, whether you’re a 1930s child sinking into your pillow, or a 21st century vintage lover revelling in the elegance of a lost decade. 

Hard black lines give the precision of stained glass, whilst the abundance of perfectly executed curls give the satisfaction of fine calligraphy. I wonder what the artist's handwriting was like?




Look at them from a distance, or upside down, and the balance and poise of the whole composition comes to the fore, letting you enjoy them all over again. 

Encapsulating the character of the period and dramatically telling a story, Ms Mercer, I doff my hat to you.  


Notes
For those of your who’ve just watched

Vintage Gallery #16 The Victorian Park in the Snow

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Photographs taken in the 21st century, edited with SnapSeed to match the Victorian park they feature















Vintage Gallery #15: Stunning Steampunk Costumes

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My other half is a photographer, and he was asked by Visit Lincoln to photograph this year's Steampunk Festival in Lincoln, known as "The Asylum". As lovers of vintage, I though you'd appreciate the creativity of these costumes, and the homage to all things Victorian. 
According to Wikipedia, Steampunk is: 
...a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery,[1] especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century.
In the organiser's own words:
"Weekend at the Asylum is the largest purely steampunk event in Europe and attracts participants from around the world. For three glorious days each year the historic streets of Lincoln are thronged with splendidly dressed steampunks enjoying a festival which strives to combine art, literature, music, fashion, comedy and simple good fun. Where else can you find a regency masonic lodge, a Victorian university and a medieval castle as the venues for…