The items we feature here from our Paper Books and Magazines collections are true vintage Americana, from vintage paper to antique school books to old photographs and Victorian postcards, antique vintage gift boxes and vintage catalogs and magazines.

Personally, we love looking those antique or vintage publications! What a great read to see how things were done in a simpler time when people were much less rushed and much more creative. And the fashions!!! The arts and crafts ideas! Truly amazing and entertaining. Beautiful gift boxes covered in lovingly handcrafted papers. Old school books and pictures, and let’s not forget about vintage postcards.

These are a way to travel across old time America without leaving your chair. From the East Coast to the Heartland to the Deep South and beyond to the Pacific Northwest. Arm chair travel via old paper.

Feel free to click on any item to purchase!

1869 Peterson Magazine Year Bound Book 10 Color Fashion Pages Needlework

A full year bound book of Peterson’s Magazine for the year 1869.  This women’s fashion fancy work book features 10 colored plates of fashionable clothing.  There are no fold out pages.  A number of other highlights are a round chair seat with angel motif, work basket and slippers.

Several pages of beautiful monogram letters that are as useful day, as then.  Besides these, there are other wonderful needlework patterns and directions.  Even diagrams for making clothing, both for adult as well as children.  If you like reading, the many stories will provide many insights into daily life.

Find Out More Here!

1905 Little Miss Muffet Storybook Henry Altemus With Dust Jacket Bo Peep Series

Little Miss Muffet And Other Good Stories by Henry Altemus Company, Philadelphia, dated 1905.  Bo-Peep, Series No 6.  It is 64 pages with 69 fabulous black and white illustrations.  Book includes the hard to find dust jacket.

A beautiful detailed book with hard cover boards.  The front cover board is in outstanding full color with gold lettering and design.   Full color frontispiece “Getting Ready For A Walk”.  A hand written Christmas message on the front end sheet  ” To Mildred Irene, From Cousin Blanche Dec. 25, 1907″.

Find Out More Here!

1880 Victorian Lewiston, Maine Cabinet Photograph Girl With Hat and Fan

Do You Know Someone From Lewiston, Maine? A nice cabinet photo card measuring 4″ x 7″ of a young lady in 1880’s dress holding a hat in one hand and fan in the other hand. Photo is signed Curtis on the front and back side ~ W. Curtis, Lewiston, Maine. No other information.

Find Out More Here!

Vintage 1940 Schrafft’s Cardboard Candy Box Colorful Flower Paper Decorated

An early, vintage 1940’s, Schrafft’s paper covered cardboard candy box.  It is a l lb box with the label of sweet milk chocolates.  The lid of the box is embossed paper of a wonderful flower garden of color.  The remainder of the box is white paper wrapped cardboard.

Inside of the box is of plain cardboard.  Inside a note in pencil, “from John Striher?, Dec 25, ’47.

Find Out More Here!

1920s Christmas Greeting Card Envelope Carolers Winter Scene


A lovely old Christmas greeting card from the 1920’s or early 1930s.  The holiday card is made of cardstock paper.  An embossed scene of carolers, in front of a house, is printed on the upper part of the card.  Yuletide message on the lower half. The card is edged in a narrow gold band.

A hand written message appears on the back of the card.  Date of Dec 21, but no year.   The greeting, also, includes the original envelope.  Gorgeous foil tissue paper lines the inside of the envelope.   The bold colors of gold, black and copper, in an Art Deco design, is quite visual.

Find Out More Here!

Antique 1904 Catalog Lamson Brothers Clothing Millinery Dry Goods Mail Order Goods

A 1904 – 1905 Lamson Brothers Dry Goods Catalog.  The mail order catalog, from this Toledo, Ohio firm, offers a peek of fashionable clothing, millinery, dry goods and home goods, for the years 1904 and 1905.

133 pages of amazing merchandise offered. Clothing for babies, children, women and men. Accessories of scarves, ties, sashes, hosiery plus jewelry for collars and cuffs.

Dry goods includes all kinds of laces, fabrics, linens, buttons, and other sewing notions.  For the home ~ lace curtains, fretwork, carpets and linoleum.

Find Out More Here!