Today I'd like to show you some "yardlongs" or "yard-longs". Yard-longs are 36" framed prints that were popular around the end of the 1800's, when beautiful chromolithography became affordable and found its way into middle class homes.
Adorable chicks for sale at the Antiques Market of Williamston:
Yard-longs can be a little awkward to photograph!
This yard-long of children with butterflies by artist Maud Humphrey is for sale on Etsy:
A close view of a floral yard-long:
Yard-longs may be created to hang either horizontally or vertically. The yard-longs of flowers seem to be the most common. I've sold quite a few over the years, including a yard-long of kittens and puppies having a tug of war; a yard-long of just puppies; a yard-long of roses; and on and on. Less common yard-longs such as a yard-long of U.S. presidents will be valued quite high, perhaps several hundred dollars. Common yard-longs in a simple frame can be purchased for around $200 here in Michigan.
The "Pompeiian Beauties" were inserts in Sunday newspapers like the Chicago Tribune that subscribers could frame. This one is being sold for $375:
Image Credit: West Spirit Antiques
No article about yard-longs would be complete without mention Paul deLongpre, who is famous for his beautiful, lush paintings of roses and still life paintings of other flowers (and the occasional bee).
Although not a yard-long, here is an example of Paul deLongpre's work:
His famous signature:
There are collector books/price guides available for those of you that want to know more about yard-longs:
Walk in to any antique mall and you should be able to spot a yard long before you leave. There are some prints that are being reproduced, so be careful and buy from a reputable dealer. If the frame is new, be suspicious of the print as well.