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Of Fairies and Daisies Postcards
3/16/2024

Of Fairies and Daisies Postcards

‘French Postcards of Fairies with Daisies’
Artist(s) unknown (Published c 1910)

This set of postcards displays fairies with daisies, circulated sometime during the period (1900 – 1920’s), probably originating in France. Four of these images are from a set of postcards by the same illustrator. They are whimsical and humorous, imagining fairies with little else to do in a day except take out their love aspirations on the poor little daisies.

‘He loves me, he loves me not!’

Emma Florence Harrison Postcards
3/14/2024

Emma Florence Harrison Postcards

‘Almost Fairy Time’
Vivian Mansell & Co Ltd of London Postcard (Series Published c 1900)

Little is known about Emma Florence Harrison (1858 – ? English), often mistaken for her contemporary Florence Susan Harrison (1877 – 1955 Australian), another and better known fairy tale illustrator. What is known is that she studied at the Glasgow School of Art in the late 1800’s, exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1877, and illustrated books of fairy verse (Blackie and Sons) and poetry (Rosetti and Tennyson).

Amédée Varin Engravings (c 1850s)
3/11/2024

Amédée Varin Engravings (c 1850s)

‘La Vestale du Rio Grande’
Amédée Varin (1818 – 1883 French)

This gallery is from the work of Amédée Varin, a french painter and engraver during the 1850s. These are a series of whimsical illustrations personifying butterflies, from a book titled ‘Les Papillons des Peuples de L’Air’  (The Butterflies, Terrestrial Metamorphoses of the People of the Air) (Published 1852). He came from a long family line of artist / engravers dating back to the 17th century. He worked with two younger brothers, but most of his engraving work was done in partnership with his brother, Eugene.

Samuel Loren Schmucker Postcard Illustrations
3/10/2024

Samuel Loren Schmucker Postcard Illustrations

‘Red Butterfly Fairy’
Samuel Loren Schmucker (1879–1921 American)

This is a small fairy gallery from the greater work by Samuel Loren Schmucker, a popular American postcard illustrator active during the ‘Golden Age of postcards’, (c 1898-1915), the heyday of postcard popularity. A very prolific artist, he was considered the preeminent postcard artist of the time and genre, and is currently recognized by most as the finest and most collectible American postcard artist from that era.

César Giris Fairy Sketches
3/9/2024

César Giris Fairy Sketches

‘Blue Butterfly Fairy’
César Giris (1877 – 1941 Italian)

This is a small gallery of the work by Cesar Giris, and Italian illustrator (1877 – 1941). Little information about this artist is available, but these six images make a unique gallery. He also illustrated various posters and similar advertising material in the early 1900’s.

Alice Marshall Postcards
3/7/2024

Alice Marshall Postcards

‘Oh, To Be With You In The Wonderous Land Of Happiness!’
Alice Marshall – Tucks postcard (Published c. 1920)

Alice Marshall was a lessor known English artist from the 1920’s. She designed a series of postcards, printed by Tuck Postcards which were printed from 1903 through the 1920’s and 1930’s. Little information about the artist is available, other than the publishing dates of the postcards. The small collection of postcards, two sets of six images, are somewhat unique in that they all work with a black background as a theme. Also the figures in the illustrations are a bit ‘saucier’ than most other fairy illustrations of the time.

Elves and Fairies Explained – History & Folklore
11/5/2023

Elves and Fairies Explained – History & Folklore

This video explores the origins of Elves and Fairies. Alma talks about three different origins, Scandanavian, Anglo-Saxon and Celtic of the faerie myth. She also talks at length about the relationship of Elves and Fairies..

The video is by Folktales by Alma

A Brief History of Fairies and Fae Folk from Around the World: in Honor of International Fairy Day
10/7/2023

A Brief History of Fairies and Fae Folk from Around the World: in Honor of International Fairy Day

‘Take the Fair Face of Woman’ (c 1869)
Art by Sophie Gengembre Anderson (1823 – 1903 French)

This video explores the origins of Fairies throughout time and around the world and puts things in another perspective. While this site is mainly focused on ‘Fairies with wings’ or the Elizabethan (1850 – 1950) style fairies, it is educational to consider other origins and interpretations of the fairy myth. It also brings out some interesting points about fairies, such as being catalysts for change, and generally explanations for the unknown, or different, or unexplainable.

The video is by World History Encyclopedia

John O’Donohue
5/11/2023

John O’Donohue

John O’Donohue 1956 – 2008

I visited John O’Donohue’s grave a few years back, shortly after he died in 2008. We were in the west coast of Ireland in a little roadside pub in Fanore, County Clare having a guinness looking out at the southside of Galway Bay. We knew he had been buried in the area since it was his birthplace and his family lived around there. Upon finishing the guinness, we asked the owner of the pub if he knew where John was buried, and he smiled and said, oh yea or something like that, and pointed out a window to a small cemetery a quarter mile down the road

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