J. F. Ingalls Catalog, 1886



You may know this already, but I thought I’d mention that there’s a free scan of an 1886 embroidery stamping catalog available online. John Governale was kind enough to scan all 255 pages in and release them to the public domain, so no copyright issues! There are tons of nice designs: lots of flowers, old timey people, pretty birds, cherubs, borders, geometric designs, phrases, just an amazing variety of different things. But it was the demented bird patterns that really caught my eye, so that’s what y’all get to see in this post. I think they’re hilarious. Someone sure had a lot of fun drawing those.


# 98

# 241

# 219

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12 Responses to J. F. Ingalls Catalog, 1886

  1. Phillipa says:

    You are soooo right about them being demented looking..lol.

    I love them, especially the owls that look like they have had a hard night out..

    Regards Phillipa in very shakey Christchurch. New Zealand

  2. Phillipa says:

    Or me after our sqillionth aftershock. :).

    Thanks for making me smile.

  3. Cynthia says:

    I love those birds! Thanks for the reference.

  4. corinne loomer says:

    I love these birds. The owl with the bandaged head is great! Love your blog I look forward to seeing what you’ve found!

  5. Elmsley Rose says:

    I can just see that second last one in long and short stitch!

    Just great! Thanks 🙂

  6. Carolyn says:

    Enjoyed the link…. Ended up making myself a cup of coffee and paged through them 🙂

    Thanks for the link and the recent comment.

  7. Linda says:

    Is that an umbrella attacking the peacock in the top picture? These are great.

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  9. FJ says:

    I know these posts are several years old, but the links do not work any longer. do you know where i can find the J F Ingalls 1886 catalogue?

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