Antique and vintage illustrated children's text books have been popular for many years. Framed, the pages make beautiful decorating accessories. The Alphabet of Old Friends, right, was illustrated by Walter Crane in 1874. It's one of the most sought after publications by antique book collectors.
One of the most popular illustrators of the Victorian and Edwardian periods, Walter Crane's work is quite distinctive and easily recognizable. Story books were some of his favorite subjects.
Crane's Beauty and The Beast
Crane's Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Framed pages from antique and vintage children's books are especially
charming when hung in a nursery. They make great baby gifts, too.
So keep your eyes open for collectible books at estate sales, flea markets and auctions. They're out there just waiting to be discovered.