The Lady of the Rains (1886), woodcut by Arthur Burgess, issue of The Century Guild Hobby Horse.
Rose-Shaped Map of Bohemia (1677)
“A map that shows Bohemia as a stylised Hapsburg rose. The stem firmly connects the flowering Bohemian rose to the fertile soil of Vienna, the Habsburg’s political centre. The Latin text at the bottom explains:
“’There grew a graceful Rose in the Bohemian woods, and an armoured lion standing guard next to her. That Rose had grown out of the blood of Mars, not of Venus. […] Do not fear, lovely Rose! There comes the Austrian. […] The Rose of Bohemia, bloody for all the centuries, where more than 80 battles were waged. She has been now drawn in this form for the first time.’”
Crepis virens (Hawk’s Beard, aka garden weed). Flora Batava (Plants of the Netherlands, 1877), Vol. 15.
Crepis Virens: “Crepis, Pliny, is from the Greek crepis, a kind of boot; and the second Latin name means green, fresh. It was called Hawkbit because the hawk was supposed to pluck it and smear its eyes with it to improve its vision.” ~British Wildflowers in Their Natural Haunts (1919)
Happy National Draw A Bird Day, today, April 8, 2013!
April 8 is Draw a Bird Day
It all started in 1943 when a little girl went to visit her uncle in the hospital…. Not an official holiday, but one with a special sentiment originating in England in memory of Dorie Cooper, a 10-year-old who was killed after being struck by a car - but not before the walls of a hospital ward had been filled with hand-drawn images of birds by wounded soldiers.
Today, Draw A Bird Day (story at the link) is celebrated world-wide as a way to express joy in the simplest things in life.
Inez N. McFee, The Tree Book (1919)
Butterfly Girls, from Liebig’s Extract of Beef cards (which were first issued in 1872).
Leibig Company Trading Card
GARDEN WORK FOR AMATEURS ~ How to Grow Vegetable Marrows.
April 21, 1917, Price: One Penny
this is important because we can (as a culture) identify more company logos than plant species. thats sad
I can easily identify more plant species than company logos. :)
Bird Vivarium for Godey’s Lady’s Book, by W. E. Tucker (1800’s).