Better known as an author by the pen name he usually used, Welleran Poltarnees. This name was based on two of Lord Dunsany's most famous stories: “The Sword of Welleran” and “Poltarnees, Beholder of Oceans.”...
Harold Ray Darling (1932-2016)
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Halloween Is Almost Here!
Check out the dozens of Halloween products we have for Holiday use as house and party decorations, invitations, favors and more.
Something for Everybody!
Any Color You Like
Baby's first book to learn about color and rock and roll, featuring 11 colors on double page spreads. Each color is shown occuring in nature and the home, as well as in iconic rock and roll instruments and imagery.
The Wide Variety...
Of bold illustrations and the fun approach are sure to delight parent and child alike. Any Color You Like is a well made board book that will survive the repeated readings every toddler will demand.
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Halloween Greetings! Vintage Witches Halloween Greeting Cards
12 classic Halloween Greeting Cards drawn from Laughing Elephant's vast collection of Halloween postcard art.
Featuring A variety of elegant and slightly scary witches.
2 each of 6 designs with 12 Envelopes... All packaged in a deluxe, keepsake box.
Time To Get In The Halloween Spirit!
Select our economical Halloween Print Portfolio for 8 charming Halloween prints to decorate during this delightfully spooky time of year, or... Choose Your Own! Find your favorites from our dozens of Halloween Art Prints.
Laughing Elephant's Vintage Costume Inspirations
Contains over a hundred great ideas for unique and memorable Halloween costumes.
Want to be Electricity? A Jaguar? A Lady Bug? An Artist's Palette?...
Spooky Vintage Halloween Postcards
Our Halloween Postcard Box and Halloween Postcard Books are a great economical way to send beautiful vintage invitation cards to let your guests know they won't want to miss your festive party!
Goodnight Good Dog Carl
Mother thinks Carl and Madeleine are settled down for sleep, which they are...
But They Have a Few Things To Do First
Unbeknownst to Mom, of course!
A great book to share with the child you love, in a sturdy board book for little hands to enjoy. Another adventure in the beloved Good Dog, Carl series, treasured all over the world by young and old alike.
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Three Customer Favorites Back in Stock!
Plus, these new editions are now dressed up with foil accents, making them an even more special gift.
Farm Babies The cute and cuddly baby farm animals that you've all been missing are back! By The Sea It's not too late to celebrate summer at the beach! Peter Pan Picture Book The boy who won't grow up, has flown back to Laughing Elephant shelves.
Stock Up On These Popular Shape Books!
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We have assembled pictures by some of our most popular fairy artists and found poems to accompany them.
A Beautiful Addition
To our Shape Book line.
Pictures by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, Arthur Rackham, Warwick Goble, Margaret Tarrant and Florence Anderson adorn this newest of our Shape Books. They are accompanied by poems from a wide variety of sources, including Ida Outhwaite's sister, Annie Rentoul.
Cat Lovers Rejoyce! Delightfully Dressed Cats A Deluxe Postcard Box
Featuring well dressed cats, fully engaged in feline frolics... They're sure to bring a smile to the Cat lover in your life.
36 Vintage Postcards of Dressed Cats!
All by Swiss artist Eugen Hartung. These hilarious cats mirror our human activities, and are both satirical and endearing.
Made here in Seattle with high quality paper and packaged in a deluxe, keepsake box.
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Apples to Zeppelin A Rockin' ABC for Cool Kids!
This board book for Rockin' Kids sold out so fast we didn't get it reprinted before it was gone!
Now It's Back
And ready To ship to you now.
Only $9.95 retail....
Get 'em while they're hot!
Pocket Memo Notebooks Four New Sets To Choose From
Each Set comes with three pocket memo notebooks in a wallet sleeve.
Two were inspired by Vintage Composition Books, and two by French Deco patterns. We took these wonderful old designs and made them into pocket sized notebooks to carry as easily as a cell phone.
3 pack of 24 -page memo books, in three modes: Graph, Ruled, and Plain Paper
Sleeved in Wallet Case
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We love Luggage Labels... And So Do You!
We first started reproducing vintage travel stickers over 25 years ago!
And They Were An Immediate Hit
Beautifully designed and wonderfully evocative of the era they were made, Luggage Labels have been part of our product offerings every year since.
We now offer 14 different styles spanning the globe, each a little mini graphic portfolio of the region or idea it encompasses.
Order a few boxes today, and travel in Vintage Style!
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Still Interested in a Little More History?
We wrote a blog post on Luggage Labels in a little more depth...
Check it Out Here >
And Our Selection of Travel Greeting Cards
Our Travel themed Blank Greeting Cards make great Bon Voyage cards and make a great correspondence card as well.
With intriguing themes like Americana, European Glamour, and unique concepts such as our Aerogram Mailers, there is something for everyone to celebrate the world and the world travel with friends and family.
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Twenty-Nine Beautiful Butterflies For Under Ten Dollars!
Our Butterfly Box set of twenty-nine beautiful die-cut butterflies, selected from our archive of Victorian paper, beautifully answers the call.
The Butterfly Box celebrates these beautiful, delicate creatures of the animal kingdom, their spectacular colors and their amazing variety.
Perfect for scrapbooking, nature lovers, students, gift wrapping, or anyone that just appreciates a bit of beauty!
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Vintage Stickers Over 30 Styles to Choose From!
With so many styles & possible uses, you're sure to find a set for yourself, or anyone in your life!
Stickers are one of our most popular products.... And these sticker boxes are fun for kids of all ages, and can provide a touch of Vintage Style anywhere they are displayed.
They're great for Scrapbooking, Gift-Wrap, Crafters... Or just adding that special touch to everyday items.
A Card for Every Taste and Occasion Laughing Elephant Greeting Cards
We started with a small line of greeting cards, way back in 1992, they were an immediate hit... We haven't looked back!
Here they are arranged into categories, some obvious, like Birthday, New Child and Sympathy and some not so obvious like Fairies, Flowers and Storybook Classics.
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You're Home For Exclusive Carl Products
Did you know that Alexandra Day, author of the classic Good Dog Carl series of beloved children's books, is the pen name of our own Sandra Darling?
Get Exclusive Signed Carl Art Prints, Books & Greeting Cards Here!
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Connecting People Through Vintage
Our high-quality authentic reproductions of vintage ephemera and classic children’s illustrated books combine retro nostalgia with whimsical modern design. We endeavor to preserve and share historic illustrations in the form of greeting cards, postcards, children’s books, gift books, stickers, journals, and art prints. We humbly reproduce the work of classic children’s book illustrators such as Jessie Willcox Smith, Arthur Rackham, Alfonse Mucha, and Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, and we also write and illustrate books of our own creation, such as Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Led Zeppelin. We are the proud home of the Good Dog Carl books by Alexandra Day--in fact, the real Good Dog Carl is our family’s Rottweiler and one of two beloved office dogs.
Laughing Elephant of Seattle, Washington began in 1993 and grew from the roots of Green Tiger Press, founded by Sandra and the late Harold Darling in 1969 in San Diego, California. Their sons Chev Darling and Benjamin Darling are honored to be the second generation of Darlings to lead this small, independent publishing house as their family business. Drawing on their parents’ collections of vintage books and ephemera that number in the tens of thousands, they design and print almost entirely in house at 3645 Interlake Avenue North in the friendly Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Today, our staff consists of three Darlings and two dear friends. Our small but mighty team is dedicated to providing excellent customer service to our retail and wholesale customers alike, many of whom have come to feel like family.
You’re welcome to visit our Seattle showroom Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm, or by appointment. If you have questions about our products or inventory availability, call toll-free 800.354.0400 or 206.447.9229. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, feedback, or suggestions.
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