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There Was an Old Woman Went up in a Basket, 1930s Period Ephemera - Cherished Black and White Book Illustration of Witch and Children

There was an old woman
Tossed up in a basket
Seventeen times as high as the moon.
Where she was going
I just had to ask it,
For in her hand she carried a broom.

"Old woman, old woman,
Old woman," said I,
"Please tell me, please tell me,
Why you're up so high?"
"I'm sweeping the cobwebs
Down from the sky,
And I'll be with you
By and by."

This black and white illustration came from a 1939 nursery book illustrated by Christopher Rule. The book has a few pages missing and many that were scribbled upon but many pieces have lasted the ages unscathed.. Each page measures 8" wide and 10.75" tall. The pages are off white. As you can see in the 2nd photo, there is a 1/2" rip on the side of the page next to the binding.

Each illustration has a period, sometimes art deco feel with bold dynamic lines, making this a perfect choice for decorating a child's room or for use as a Halloween collectables. Each piece h . as a mellowed coloring to the page, and there are random smudges and small dog-ears, and some roughness on that side that was cut from the binding The paper is quite thick, and you don't see the typing from the opposite side, but there is ghosting from the page it rested aginst for the last 80+ years. I did have some success when I tried to use a soft eraser to remove the ghosting, but really, the point of buying a vintage item is to have the imperfections and patina of age, right? Generally, they are in good vintage shape and certainly worthy of framing. This piece will come to you plastic wrapped to cardboard to preserve it's integrity during shipping.

This is a wonderful opportunity to achieve a vintage look, either in decorating or in your next project.

As always, your shipping charge will be what the post office prints on the stamp for parcel post. If I quoted high, even on multi-item purchases, I will refund you the difference back to your PayPal account. If I quoted low- you've got a deal!

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There Was an Old Woman Went up in a Basket, 1930s Period Ephemera - Cherished Black and White Book Illustration of Witch and Children

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  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Material: paper
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