Mostly scans of genuine Regency (Empire) and Georgian fashion plates I've collected, some comments. Some good photographs I've taken (most are bleah), a few fashion or historical plates from the Web.
I have scanned these in at 300 dpi, but posted them to the Blog at 200dpi, for those who would like to download them. If someone would like the higher (300dpi) just email me, or mention it in comments.
I'm having difficulty scanning from the center of the book, as you can see by the blurring on the left side of the fashion plate. I finally broke down and ordere a "hand scanner", which will arrive some time next week.
I've scanned these pictures and articles from a compilation book- therefore, there is some distortion around the "gutter" area (middle of the book). Luckily, I have a very good scanner and accompanying application for it, which lessens the problems.
The scanner/printer/fax machine is really great. I dropped it when I was moving last October "CRASH! Tinkle-clunk". Goodbye lovely printer-scanner! So I bought another, exactly the same. Not too expensive, about $150.00 with shipping.
My first ever scanner (1990), which was only a scanner! cost $2,000.00 dollars. It was a bit larger, but other than that, does not compare to my current one.
Let's see... Daughter is doing well, tho experiencing some pain from the 9" scar in her side. Possibly "adhesions". She probably should have had a little post-surgical physical therapy. She's started school this week, enjoying herself, tried out for a play.
I'm going to make a few more Regency Christmas Cards this year, just for fun and to get back into practice. I used to do so every year, but dropped off the Almacks list accidentally! and got out of the habit. This year I'm going to alter a couple of the Costume Parisien plates. Not sure which ones...
I'm open to any requests & suggestions! I'll post the cards at 200dpi, good for downloading. If anyone wants higher (300) dpi, just send me an email.
Here is a Regency Ice Skating print from Long Ago:
"... no one had ever cast a slur on Selina's eye for the elegant and the becoming. In her youth she had been the least good-looking but the most modish of the Wendover girls; in her middle age, and endowed with an easy competence, she enjoyed the reputation of being the best-dressed woman in Bath. If Fanny did not, like Abby, seek her advice, she was shrewd enought to respect her judgment; so that when, presently, she showed Selina the sketch of a grossly overtrimmed walking-dress, her secret longing to be see abroad in this confection was nipped in the bud by Selina's devastating criticism.
"Oh dear!" said Selina, wrinkling her nose in distaste. "All those frill, and tucks, and ribbons–! So–so deedy!"
So nothing more ws seen of that fashion-plate ..."
My Lady's Magazine prints are very yellowed, and a bit spotty; so it takes a little time to clean them up. I think I'll show a few "as is", We'll see. Here's another one. Coming: a few Mystery engravings.
The "La Bell Assemblee" prints are very spotty, perhaps mildewed, so I had to do a lot of cleaning up. The next one is in perfect condition: I'm not sure its an original or a later reprint. The paper seems similar to the others, but I can't tell for sure. The original engravings are very detailed and beautiful, tho not colored like Ackermann's & all the other fashion plates. I really like the caps: they aren't really well described in fiction, and when reading, say, a Georgette Heyer novel, I tend to imagine the Hollywood "maid's cap". Apparently they could be quite detailed and elegant. Women in those days nearly always wore hats or caps. It was a bit "fast" to go bear-headed! And to go around bare-headed and with the hair hanging down: Ooo La! La! Very naughty.