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A link was posted by Cynthia Quilici that sent me down a rabbithole of LOVELY old things!  
Antique Pattern Library
It's PDF scans of old books (most seem to be 1890-1925) about things like crochet patterns, and how to make lace, and wax flowers!! (Hey beekeepers, something neat to do with wax!) All KINDS of neat stuff!

I have a thing about hating to see old skills lost to modern tech, so I try to save things like this when I can. There are at least two generations that have lost not only most of these skills, but the concept they exist at all. The idea of "this is current fashion, I'll make one! Is SO much different than "this is current fashion, I'll go to the mall and buy one made in factory that looks like the other 8,652,386 that were made that month.

Come down this rabbithole, learn things, teach them to your kids, share the link around. This is WAY too cool to be lost to the modern madness.

A picture to be the thumbnail for this thread, a stained glass design from a random PDF on that site.
 
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Old books & old maps are so much fun.

D/L'd the pdf files of the wax fruit & flowers. My pdf reader said there was a problem with the format & would not open them. Readable online though. Forwarded the link to some beekeepers with artistic talent.



 
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Hm. I just checked the wax flowers PDF I downloaded, opened fine here, as read only, looks like this laptop runs Adobe Reader v 11.0.12
Pass them on! the world needs more pretty things!! :D
 
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