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Santa Claus Works Hard On Christmas Eve!

And he surely appreciates all the treats considerate children leave out for him to enjoy. This tradition has deep origins, and thus it is only appropriate that we look to vintage sources for Christmas cookies.

Our Cookies for Santa features sixty-four recipes accompanied by wonderful vintage illustrations from vintage cooking pamphlets. This book is a wonderful way to carry on or make new holiday traditions.

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With any order of, Cookies for Santa you will receive two beautiful 5”x7” prints... Completely free of charge!

These prints–available exclusively from Laughing Elephant–are taken from images in the book. They are a delightful holiday treat for our customers to keep and enjoy or share with friends or family.

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Send a Unique Art Deco Card this Christmas!

Our Golden Memories Christmas Correspondence Card Packs feature six sentimental images from our collection of Christmas greeting cards from the 1930s.

Each Set Contains 8 flat (unfolded) 4"x5" cards, with envelopes, in a clear box.

Our Shaped Version of The Classic Holiday Poem!

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.

Our shaped version of the classic holiday poem, The Night Before Christmas, is a wonderful way to celebrate the season.

This reproduction of a 1917 children’s book, illustrated by Margaret Evans Price, would make a wonderful introduction to the Night Before Christmas for any child. At sixteen pages, and still only $9.95 this book is perfect for gifts or to keep and share with family and friends.

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With any order of, The Night Before Christmas you will receive two beautiful 8”x10” prints... Completely free of charge!

These prints–available exclusively from Laughing Elephant–are taken from images in the book. They are a delightful holiday treat for our customers to keep and enjoy or share with friends or family.

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To Celebrate the Approaching Holiday Season We have a wonderful offer!

Our delightful shape book, The Christmas Tree, a tribute to everyone’s favorite holiday tradition, now comes with two beautiful 8”x10” prints... Completely free of charge! These prints–available exclusively from Laughing Elephant–are taken from images in the book. They are a delightful holiday treat for our customers to keep and enjoy or share with friends or family.

The Christmas Tree

A 16 page, die-cut paperback book, is intended primarily for children. We see the journey of the tree, first as it grows, and then on its journey to market. The selection of the tree is an iconic holiday event, evidenced by the number of illustrators who choose to depict it, and we give it our full attention in this book. Tree decoration and visitation by Santa is covered, and finally Christmas morning, the pinnacle of the Christmas tree’s existence. Christmas trees of many sizes, from tiny to room-filling, are included in this charming holiday book. Illustrations are from a variety of vintage sources, including postcards, children’s books, magazines & advertisements.

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Christmas Gift Labels

Our Christmas Gift Labels Sticker box features twenty-seven vintage inspired “To and From,” “Wait until Christmas,” “From Santa,” and many other useful labels useful for gifts, packages and all manner of holiday cheer.

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Victorian Christmas

Our Victorian Christmas Stickers contains twenty-eight glorious die-cut stickers from an era which truly celebrated Christmas. This box features old-fashioned angels, adorable children, festive holly and more.

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Christmas Postcard Books 30 Ways to Say 'Happy Holidays' in These 2 Delightful Postcard Books!

Christmas for Children

Our Christmas for Children postcard book features thirty favorite images of children enjoying the holiday season from our treasure trove of vintage Christmas postcards. It captures the magic of the holiday season through a child’s eyes. Our postcard books are, at $9.95, a great bargain–they contain thirty reproductions of vintage postcards to keep and enjoy or share.

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We Wish You a Crazy Christmas

We Wish You a Crazy Christmas features thirty wacky, non-Christmas-y Christmas postcards from the great age of the picture postcard, the late 19th through early 20th century. Millions of postcards were sent at this time and some were very strange indeed. We picked some of our favorite oddities from our Christmas drawer for this book, including a piano-playing bird, a fishing fish (you just have to see it) and shoe offering good wishes.

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We are proud to announce our newest book Happiness A tribute to all things joyful!

Our new book Happiness is, as the song has it, sunshine on a cloudy day. It is a collection of words and images that will bring a smile and, we think, the perfect gift book. Get one for yourself and one for someone special.

Hardbound with dust jacket • 48 pages • $19.95.

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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 Happiness, 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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Make Your Everyday Life More Fun, Beautiful & Colorful with the Color Your Life Sticker Set!

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Get Your Kicks with 30 Fabulous Stickers Celebrating America’s Legendary Route 66!

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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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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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