Memento Mori with Antique Pocket Watches

Memento Mori Antique with Pocket Watches

Memento Mori (remember that you can die) is the medieval Latin theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. These timepieces were  made to remind people to stick to these, christian, rules for succesful living (and after-life) by the minute….. Clever!

Skull-shaped timepieces as reminder that we all are immortal…

images via laurelleantiquejewellery.co.uk / theoddmentemporium / bogoff.com / wikipedia.org

Fashions at the Longchamp Racecourse

Fashions at the Longchamp Racecourse

In Paris 1910-1914 (via mashable.com) /Agence Rol/Gallica via Europeana)

Gay Love in the Victorian Age

Gay Love in the Victorian Age

all images via http://victoriangentlemeninlove.tumblr.com check that out for more men in love and making love portrayed in the victorian age.

Poisonous Mushrooms

Poisonous Mushrooms

Pictures are taken from an antique (1910) Dutch pocketbook “Poisonous Mushroom Atlas” (praktische zakboekjes voor natuurvrienden, vergiftigde paddestoelen, Atlas in zakformaat, uitgaaf van W.Hilarius Wzn, Almelo) given to Mimi Berlin from the Eikelenboom estate collection of antique books.

Les Parfums de Rosine

Les Parfums de Rosine by Paul Poiret’s daughter Rosine Poiret. In 1911, fashion designer Paul Poiret set up two companies, one for each of his daughters. For Martine, the youngest, he established Les Ateliers de Martine. For Rosine, the eldest, he established Parfums de Rosine. Both enterprises flourished until Poiret fell victim to the stock market crash of 1929. Parfums de Rosine was a success from the beginning. François Coty is said to have tried to buy the company. Though details as to who worked on what project are sketchy, we do know that Poiret employed perfumers Emannuel Bouler (they are seen together in a photography), Maurice Shaller and Henri Alméras. Later Shaller created Carnet du Bal for Revillion (1937). Alméras created Joy (1930) and other fragrances for Jean Patou. Although precise records appear not to exist, it is known that many of Poiret’s fragrances from about 1918 on were created by perfumer Henri Alméras who, after leaving Poiret, joined Jean Patou and numbered Joy among his creations for Patou. (read more at perfumeprojects.com)