Vintage how-to drawings
December 18, 2007 7:44 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for vintage diagrams from how-to books, online, for domestic arts. For example, instructions on how to make jam, with step-by-step drawings; or how to make a handkerchief, with step-by-step drawings.

I'm hoping for something Victorian, like Mrs. Beeton, but anything up to the 1950's will do. It can't be hard copy, as I don't have a scanner, and can't afford to buy anything antique anyway. Anyone have any ideas where I can find such things? I'm in New York, if it matters.
posted by Ollie to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Response by poster: Follow-Up: If I download Mrs. Beeton from Project Gutenberg, do you know if the illustrations are available as well? Does it matter which format I choose to download it with?
posted by Ollie at 7:51 AM on December 18, 2007

Check out Modern Mechanics
posted by 14580 at 8:48 AM on December 18, 2007

Check out Google Books. Old (Victorian era) books are usually available in full view, and you can download them to your computer.
Here's an example.
You might have the best luck finding illustrations in the school textbooks.
posted by katemonster at 9:05 AM on December 18, 2007

There are a bunch of illustrations from both the 19th & early 20th century Delineator and Godey's Lady's Book magazines posted various places on line. I know some libraries have digitized their archives of the older magazines, so you might be able to get access at your local public or a nearby university library.
posted by pluckysparrow at 10:25 AM on December 18, 2007

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