Once Upon a Time: Late Nineteenth Century Children’s Book Illustrations

Children’s books from the late nineteenth century have the best illustrations. Here’s why:

They are charming.

From Round the Hearth and Other Verses

From Round the Hearth [and other verses], 1889.

They are nonsensical.

Lilliput Lyrics  Illustrated by Chas. Robinson, 1899

From Lilliput Lyrics. Illustrated by Chas. Robinson, 1899.

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Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas!

Harper's Bazar, XMAS 1894

Harper’s Bazar, XMAS 1894

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”-Laura Ingalls Wilder