Image archive

A unique picture resource, exclusively devoted to Victorian and Edwardian printed ephemera, in the form of greeting cards, scraps, valentines, prints, postcards, decorative photo-album pages, embossed paper-lace, calendars, fine and decorative stationery, sheet music covers and much, much more.

It offers a wide variety of subject matter ranging from the seasonal events of the year, Christmas, New Year, Easter, Springtime and Summer, Autumn and Winter, to decorative borders and ornamental excess.

Nostalgic memories are triggered by pictures of children and fashionable ladies enveloped in floral fantasy and overlaid with connotations of sentimentality, romance, humour and pathos.

Also included are everyday items of printed matter such as share and marriage certificates, diplomas, bus tickets, food labels, maps, etc.

Our collection contains images of an extraordinary richness and variety and will prove a valuable asset for the picture researcher, editor, art director, designer or author. Licence fees are determined by how the image is reproduced and what rights are required.

You are invited to visit the archive by appointment, or order images by telephone or email.