If I could go back in time, I would grab this nondescript looking "Scrap Book" out of the hands of "Luella S." before she starting pasting her scraps into it, cruel as that may sound:
I have to admit, at first I liked some of the pictures Luella decided to save, like this pretty drawing room with Arts and Crafts flair:
Then I started to notice Luella's clippings coming loose, and underneath was a great discovery. She had been using an old menswear catalog, circa 1910's, for her scraps!
Some of the pages were ruined, but others were nearly glue-free when I carefully pulled Luella's clippings off them:
I think these illustrations are fantastic!
I could imagine them being framed and hung in a men's clothing store, or perhaps a bar or restaurant that caters to a mostly male clientele:
Getting dressed for a night on the town in proper tuxes:
I love the formal wear, including canes, top hats and bowlers:
The casual wear:
A closer look:
The background details in the illustrations, such as the car below, are great:
Each suit has a name, like "The Dartmouth" or "The Rutger":
Something for slightly pudgy fellows:
Some of the pages have a little water staining, but that doesn't bother me too much. They're old, after all, and they've been through Luella's hands....
Now it's up to me to decide. Should I cut them out of the book and sell the pages individually, or sell the entire book as is? What would you do?