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Halloween Will Be Here Before You Know It!

The spookiest day of the year is a great time to celebrate family, friends and fun... And we're here to help make it the best 'All Hallows' Eve' yet!

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We are proud to announce our newest book Vintage Costume Inspirations featuring the costumes of your dreams!

The images in this book are from European costume catalogs of the mid-twentieth century. We adore them for their imaginative variety and inspirational potential. Any object can be a costume! The manner in which the costumed figures are juxtaposed on the page is whimsical, useful and delightfully inspiring! At Halloween, it seems the same tired costumes are trotted out year after year. This book, in its freshness and wild notions, offers you entirely new concepts that will lead your original thinking when the time comes to fashion your own, super wonderful costume for this year's festivities! Of course, there are too many good ones here to do in just one year, so you will have a treasure of inspiration, in these pages for many, many years to come.

These costume ideas and designs will inspire the seasoned costume seeker, the fantastic costume dreamer, and anyone else with imagination, to put their wildest or most beautiful costume dreams to action! And soon, you will attend balls, parties, compete in costume contests–or perhaps merely walk the streets–in the guise of ladybugs, atomic bombs, a donut, a high tension wire, or a box of chocolates, or so much more.

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We have created two 8” x 10” art prints to decorate your home or office. Designed from our favorite pages of Vintage Costume Inspirations, we will include both FREE of charge with each copy you purchase. They are not available elsewhere ​or for separate purchase. So snap up this amazing new book, and its fabulous accompanying prints now.

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We are delighted to announce the arrival of Jack and the Beanstalk & The Doggy Book!

Our shaped children’s books have proven so popular over the years that they now number over thirty! The two newest are worthy additions to this delightful array of colorful, lighthearted vintage-inspired books, still less than ten dollars. These die-cut books–whether in the shape of a bunny or cat’s ears, Red Riding Hood’s hood or Snow White’s castle–delight children and adults with their accessible stories and beautiful vintage illustrations.

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To celebrate the publication of these books we have created two 8" x 10" prints of wonderful images from Jack and the Beanstalk. We will include these FREE with every copy of the book. Similarly, we have made two 8" x 10" prints of beautiful images from The Doggy Book that we will include FREE with every copy of that book.

These images are not available separately or elsewhere, and will be available for a limited time, so order now and get these lovely prints to decorate your desk, your dresser, or anywhere your decorative creativity suggests.

Jack and the Beanstalk

The classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, like all the iconic stories, exists in many variations but has a few common elements, in this case an irresponsible boy, a giant, a beanstalk and magical golden egg laying bird. This book, sixteen pages in length, is a wonderful introduction to the tale for an early reader and is accompanied by the beautiful 1939 illustrations of American artist Milo Winter. Winter, one of our favorites here at Laughing Elephant, is an often overlooked illustrator who brought wit and verve to a great many books.

16 pages • $9.95

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The Doggy Book

The Doggy Book is a whimsical gathering of illustrations of dogs dressed up in fancy clothes. These wonderful images are accompanied by lighthearted verse, the central being a tale of a dog family who takes a promenade, encounters a hostile cat and a mud puddle, but has a happy ending. The dogs sport tuxedos and kilts and are entirely delightful.

16 pages • $9.95

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We are Delighted to Announce the Arrival Mermaids & Dragons Our Two Newest Book Titles!

Dragons and Mermaids both celebrate beings that do not exist in nature, but have captured and inspired the imaginations of artists for generations. These books, at forty-eight pages in length, celebrate their magical subjects through illustrations from a wide variety of sources. Carefully selected quotes and original text help us to appreciate these beloved mythical creatures and the artistry they have inspired throughout history.

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To celebrate the publication of these books we have created two 5" x 7" prints of wonderful images from Dragons. We will include these FREE with every copy of the book. Similarly, we have made two 5" x 7" prints of beautiful images from Mermaids that we will include FREE with every copy of that book.

These images are not available separately or elsewhere, and will be available for a limited time, so order now and get these lovely prints to decorate your desk, your dresser, or anywhere your decorative creativity suggests.

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Mermaids

Mermaids are timeless and know no national or geographical boundaries. They are complex creatures, sometimes viewed as sirens tempting sailors to their death, and at other times as helpful saviors. But always, they are beautiful. Our book Mermaids, through images from sources that include paintings and illustrations from vintage children’s books, celebrates the beauty of mermaids and explores their multiple and mysterious facets. The images are accompanied by fitting quotes and text.

$14.95 Hardbound • 48 Pages

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Dragons

Dragons figure prominently in both European and Asian mythology and culture. These magnificent creatures are sometimes reptilian, sometimes more birdlike, but always fearsome to behold. Our book Dragons explores the fascinating traditions surrounding the dragon, from ancient to modern times. Glorious illustrations of these fire-breathing beasts are accompanied by wonderful dragon quotations.

$14.95 Hardbound • 48 Pages

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Introducing Gold Label Greeting Cards!

We are excited to announce our latest card line, a new monthly series, the ultra deluxe Gold Label Greeting Cards. With each month, we will introduce a dazzling, uniquely selected illustration to feature on the latest card. The current month's Gold Label card will be included at no cost with any order of $30 or greater. They are also available to purchase for $7 each.

Gold Label Greeting Cards were created to feature dearly prized designs from our antiquarian collection, that we have been yearning to share with the world, but have yet to find the right spot. We determined to these extraordinarily beautiful, artful images justice, so we made them their own line!

Each month’s featured card image is hand mounted onto the card adding a three dimensional element to the beauty of the imagery. They each are accompanied by a lovely, dense, dark gold envelope.

Click on the link to learn even more details about our wonderful new premium card line and see this month’s featured card.

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Good Dog Carl and the Baby Elephant

The newest Carl book has just arrived! The beloved baby-sitting Rottweiler has a baby elephant as well as his little mistress, Madeleine, to shepherd around this time. A baby elephant can be a good deal of trouble, it turns out, in spite of being very cute.

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