Graphic Relics

We moved a 19th century house.

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Old House Soul

This is a promo clip from the movie: "Old House Soul."

Michel Schtakleff and I completed the movie in 2010. The movie explores the work and advocacy of the late Steve Tyson; an architectural preservationist and advocate in RI. "Old House Soul" premiered at the RI international film festival and aired for a while on RI PBS.

We hope to post the full-length movie on YouTube soon. In the meantime you can purchase a DVD from Createspace and Amazon. (links below) Createspace is a lot cheaper. I'm not sure why.



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Now that's a big camera!

Click here to learn more about Dennis Manarchy's large-format camera.

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We've added some new cuts to our clipart collection

Click here to view latest cuts.

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History of the T-shirt

T-shirts evolved from undergarments worn in the 19th century, originally one-piece underwear and later tops and bottoms often with buttons. During the latter part of the 19th century miners and dock workers adopted T-shirts to accommodate hot working environments.

According to Wikipedia more contemporary slip on T's without buttons appeared sometime between 1898 during the Spanish-American War and 1913 when the U.S Navy began issuing them as standard undergarments. They soon became popular with many laborers and young boys. By the 1920s the word T-shirt appeared in the Merriam Webster dictionary.

One of the earliest examples of print, decorated T-shirts was related to the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz". By the 1950s more companies began decorating  T's with graphics and logos. And by the 1960s the T-shirt emerged as a fashion staple for youth and rockers. The 1960s also included the emergence of tie-dyeing and screen-printing. The T became a medium for wearable art, advertising, souvenirs and protest art.

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Photo: U.S. Naval Historical Center

An early printed T-shirt


Sailor Arnold R. Fesser in 1944 (Wikipedia)

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photo: Joe Shlabotnik

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T-shirts now for sale on


We've been busy creating T-shirt designs with graphics from our clip collection. We now offer 38 unique T-shirts for sale on our site.

We've partnered with a US based company in California to fulfill our orders. We researched many fulfillment companies and found them to provide the best balance of overall quality, price and fulfillment services.

T-shirts are printed with a Direct to Garment (DTG) method of printing. The process generates photo quality prints. Ink is absorbed into the garment and looks sharp even after many washes. This method of printing tends to work best on lighter colored shirts. Though darker colors look good they may not appear as vibrant.

In the future we hope to offer additional products featuring graphics from our clip collection. Stay tuned . . .

If you purchase a T-shirt from and send us a photo of you wearing the shirt we'll Thank you with a discount on your next purchase of T-shirts or clipart from our site.

Thanks for visiting and we hope you have a very Happy 2017!

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History of Clip Art via Wikipedia

The term "clipart" originated through the practice of physically cutting images from pre-existing printed works for use in other publishing projects. Before the advent of computers in desktop publishing, clip art was used through a process called paste up. Many clip art images in this era qualified as line art. In this process, the clip art images are cut out by hand, then attached via adhesives to a board representing a scale size of the finished, printed work. After the addition of text and art created through phototypesetting, the finished, camera-ready pages are called mechanicals. Since the 1990s, nearly all publishers have replaced the paste up process with desktop publishing.

After the introduction of mass-produced personal computers such as the IBM PC in 1981 and the Apple Macintosh in 1984, the widespread use of clip art by consumers became possible through the invention of desktop publishing. For the IBM PC, the first library of professionally drawn clip art was provided with VCN ExecuVision, introduced in 1983. These images were used in business presentations, as well as for other types of presentations. Many people credit Apple Computer with providing desktop publishing with the tools required to make it a reality for consumers, with the introduction of the Macintosh's graphical user interface (GUI) in 1984 and the LaserWriter laser printer in late 1985. After software maker Aldus introduced PageMaker in 1985, professional quality desktop publishing became possible with consumer desktop computers.

After 1986, desktop publishing generated a widespread need for pre-made, electronic images as consumers began to produce newsletters and brochures using their own computers. Electronic clip art emerged to fill the need. Early electronic clip art was simple line art or bitmap images due to the lack of sophisticated electronic illustration tools. With the introduction of the Apple Macintosh program MacPaint, consumers were provided the ability to edit and use bit-mapped clip art for the first time.

One of the first successful electronic clip art pioneers was T/Maker Company, a Mountain View, California company which had its early roots with an alternative word processor, WriteNow, commissioned for the Macintosh by Steve Jobs. Beginning in 1984, T/Maker took advantage of the capability of the Macintosh to provide bit-mapped graphics in black and white; by publishing small, retail collections of these images under the brand name "ClickArt." The first version of "ClickArt" was a mixed collection of images designed for personal use. The illustrators who created the first "serious" clip art for business/organizational (professional) use were Mike Mathis, Joan Shogren, and Dennis Fregger; published by T/Maker in 1984 as "ClickArt Publications."

In 1986, the first vector-based clip art disc was released by Compuset, a small desktop publishing company based in Eureka, California. The black-and-white art was painstakingly created by Rick Siegfried with MacDraw, sometimes using hundreds of simple objects combined to create complex images. It was released on a single-sided floppy disc.

In 1986, Adobe Systems introduced Adobe Illustrator for the Macintosh, allowing home computer users the first opportunity to manipulate vector art in a GUI. This made the higher-resolution vector art possible and in 1987 T/Maker published the first vector-based clip art images made with Illustrator, despite widespread unfamiliarity with the bezier curves required to edit vector art. However, graphic designers and many consumers quickly realized the enormous advantages of vector art, and T/Maker's clip art became the gold standard of the industry in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1994, T/Maker was sold to Deluxe Corp and then two years later to its main rival, Broderbund.

With widespread adoption of the CD-ROM in the early 1990s, several pre-computer clip art companies such as Dover Publications also began offering electronic clip art.

The mid-1990s ushered in more innovation in the clip art industry, as well as a marketing focus on quantity over quality. Even T/Maker, whose success was built upon selling small, high quality clip art packages of approximately 200 images, began to get interested in the volume clip art market. In March, 1995, T/Maker became the exclusive publisher of over 500,000 copyright-free images which was, at the time, one of the world's largest clip art libraries. This licensing agreement was subsequently transferred to Broderbund.

Also during this period, word processing companies, including Microsoft, began offering clip art as a built-in feature of their products. In 1996, Microsoft Word 6.0 included only 82 WMF clip art files as part of its default installation. Today, Microsoft offers clip art as part of over 140,000 media elements in the Microsoft Office product suite.

Other companies such as Nova Development and Clip Art Incorporated also pioneered the marketing of large clip art collections in the late 1990s, including Nova's "Art Explosion" series, which sold clip art in increasingly large libraries up to a million images.

Between 1998 and 2001, T/Maker's clip art assets were sold each year as a result of some of the largest mergers and acquisitions in the computer software industry, including those of The Learning Company (in 1998) and Mattel (in 1999). All of T/Maker's clip art is currently marketed through the Broderbund division of the Irish company Riverdeep.

In the early 2000s, the World Wide Web continued to gain popularity as a retail software distribution channel, and several companies pioneered the sale of clip art through online, searchable libraries, including (part of Jupiter Media), (part of Letters and Arts Incorporated), and (part of Clip Art Incorporated). Because of the Web, clip art is now not only sold through retail channels as packaged bundles of images, but also as individual images and subscriptions to entire libraries (which allow you to download an unlimited number of images for the duration of the subscription).

In the mid-2000s, the clip art market is segmented in several different ways, including the data type, the art style, the delivery medium, and the marketing method.

On December 1, 2014, Microsoft officially ended its support of Clip Art in Microsoft Office products. These programs now guide users to the Bing image search.[1]

Clip art is divided into two different data types represented by many different file formats: bitmap and vector art. Clip art vendors may provide images of just one type or both. The delivery medium of a clip art product varies from different types of traditionally boxed retail packages to online download sites. Clip art is sold via both traditional and web-based retail channels (as with Nova Development products), as well as via online, searchable libraries (as with Clip art vendors typically market clip art by focusing either on quantity or vertical market specialty. The marketing method often goes hand in hand with the art style of the clip art sold.

To compete largely on quantity, some clip art vendors must produce or license new and old clip art collections in volume. Clip art marketed in this way is often less expensive but simpler in structure and detail, as is typified by cartoons, line art, and symbols. Clip art which is sold according to smaller, specialized subject genres tends to be more complex, modern, detailed, and expensive.

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We've changed our name and mission

We've changed the name of our eCommerce site, formally to The site will now feature vintage and eventually more contemporary eps vector clip art. Our inventory still includes all of the vintage ephemera previously available on the site. In the future we hope to include T-shirts and additional products featuring our clipart and ephemera products. You can still reach our site with the URL.

The clipart on our site is re-created from ephemera in my own collection, colleagues collections and web images. I've attempted to identify images that are either in the public domain or include a creative commons license that does not require attribution. However makes no guarantees or warranties regarding copyright or ownership. Images must be used at your own risk.

Though none of the images on our site is "pixel perfect", I'm made every attempt to trace and render eps vector images that are crisp and clean at any size. Some of the individual files took hours to clean-up and I think you'll find them to be "a cut above" many of the "traced" vector files available on our competitor's sites which often appear overly simplified or clearly digitized.

I have thousands of images that still need to be traced and will be updating the site regularly with new clipart images. Don't hesitate to email me if you're interested in specific images or categories. I'm happy to prioritize my efforts.

Below is an example of one of our clipart images, enlarged to show detail. Click on the image to view a larger size.

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1911 James Street School Class Photo, East Providence, RI

A March 15th, 1911 Class Photo from the Upper Room Classes of the James Street School in East Providence, RI. The photo, with the mat it's mounted on measure 11 x 14 inches. The photo alone measures 6 x 8.25 inches.

As best as I can make out the names on the back of the photo, I've listed them below.

Harold Winchester  •  Frank Guvey  •  Paris Bump   •  Ernest DeEtte  •   Walter McDowell  •  Stewart Golden  •  Arthur Connette  •  William Gibson   •  Courtland Kent   •  Arthur Birgil  •   Elmer DuHammel  •  Stephen Greene   •  William Baker  •   Wilfred Fenniey  •  Ellis Spears   •   Ethel Hauxle   •  Susan Gray   •  Clematina Surette   •  Margaret O'Gar  •   May Housen  •  May Speiver  •  Amelia Silver   •  Arthur DuHammel  •  Margaret Taylor  •   Mabel Armstrong  •  Mary Guvey   •  Geneva Hicks   •   Clarence Husnander  •  Svea Anderrson  •  Louise Bump  •  Martha Coffee   •  Marion Greene  •  Louis Thresher  •  Frank Halliday  •   Frank Raker  •  Miss Atkinson   •  Fredora Spears  •   Raymond Gammon  •  Bertha Carron

I did some online research related to the "James Street School" and located the following accounts:

Excerpt from the 1885 Annual Report of the Rhode Island Board of Education.
Under the Category (School Houses)

EAST PROVIDENCE – Another New School-house – The James street school-house was finished soon after the closing of the last report, and was immediately occupied. The building has proved well adapted for school purposes, excelled by none in the town, and is a commodious house of two school-rooms, accommodating about one hundred pupils. The lower room is, however, inadequate to meet the requirements, there having been in that department ever since the opening of the building more than fifty-six seats would accommodate. – Committee.

Below is a 1924 Class Photo from The Arcadia Publishing "images of America" series for East Providence, RI. The Heritage Room Committee of East Providence claims the James Street School was built in 1882.

Unfortunately it appears the James Street School-House was torn down in 2003. The following excerpt was quoted from the July 15, 2003 East Providence City Council Meeting. I looked for the School on Google Maps and could not seem to locate it.

(By Mayor Grant, Councilman Miranda and Councilman Ramos)
Demolition of Tristam Burges School and James Street School

Mr. Miranda says the James Street School should come down first and says it should happen soon.

On motion of Councilman Harrington, seconded by Councilman Miranda, it is unanimously voted to refer the land use issue of the James Street School to the Planning Department.

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The Art of Harry Anderson

The artist, Harry Anderson (1906 - 1996) was a prolific American Illustrator and was inducted into the Society of Illustrators "Hall of Fame" in 1994.

Anderson was a devout Seventh-day Adventist and is best known for the Christian themed illustrations he painted for the Adventist Church. He was also a popular American illustrator and his work appeared in magazines, calendars and books.

Anderson attended the University of Illinois with intentions of becoming a mathematician. However, while attending school he discovered a talent for drawing and painting. In 1927 Anderson moved to Syracuse, NY and attended the Syracuse School of Art. He graduated in 1931, during the Great Depression and initially had difficulty finding work but by 1937 he was working on national advertising campaigns and doing work for many of the major magazines, including: Cosmopolitan, Collier's and The Saturday Evening Post among others.

About 1940 Anderson married Ruth Huebel, a woman who worked nearby and posed for Harry on one occasion. The following year Anderson went to work for Haddon Sundblom's studio. Haddon was an American illustrator best remembered for the work he did for The Coca-Cola Company in the 1930s. In 1994 Anderson and his wife joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church and, by request, rendered a painting of depicting Jesus with three children, the resulting "What Happened to Your Hand?" became one of his most popular paintings. From this time on Anderson split his time between commercial and religious illustration work, often completing christian themed pieces for near minimum wage.

In the 1960s Anderson did some illustrations for Exxon Oil (then Esso) and created a number of paintings commissioned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The church commissioned a large oil mural of Jesus ordaining his apostles for the 1964 New York Word's Fair.

In the 1970s and 80s, Anderson created western-themed paintings for several fine art galleries, a pursuit shared by several well-known illustrators of that era. In his spare time Anderson enjoyed crafting model ships and buggies, hooking rugs, making furniture and other crafts. He died on November 19th, 1996.

A 1986 photo of Harry holding his original painting of kids reading the Sunday Comics from

Below is a poster Anderson painted in the 1940s. The painting, titled "What Happened to Your hand?" was one of Anderson's most popular illustrations. We recently sold a copy of the poster below.


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