This 18″ x 24″ Victorian Home Family Record is a stunning example of LARGE, vintage ephemera.
You can instantly download this digital poster/family history page in jpeg format. Use this in your genealogy notebook, print it at home (or large at a local print shop), frame it, or collage it into your family history journal. This extraordinary work of art has been lovingly restored, leaving just enough of the traces of time to keep that aesthetically pleasing, antique look and feel. I did take the liberty of removing a shockingly misogynistic sentence from the banners that are streaming from the hands of the angels at the top, but other than that, I’ve left the original text intact. That bit of empty space leaves room for you to customize the image with a couple of phrases important to your family, a favorite quote, or historical notes.
The text in this antique work of art reads:
Top left, by what looks like a beehive and flowers:
By Industry we thrive.
Top right, beneath a charming little ship, at sea:
The Voyage of Life
Bottom left, beneath a bundle of grain on a farm:
The Harvest is passing.
Bottom right, beneath a tableau of an hourglass, a page from the book of Life, a branch, and a scythe:
The End of Time
At the top:
There is an all-seeing eye, looking over a man and woman’s hands clasping. Two angels with quills prepare to write the names into the book of life. The text in this section reads Home Family Record, Birth and Marriage of Parents.
Whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.
Thy children shall be like olive plants round about thy table. The angels, cherubs, birds, grapevines, draping fabrics, scrolls, tassels, and flourishes give this family record a fruitful feeling of abundance.
Beneath that section, an antique style theater curtain reveals the area where you can record various family members and their details. There are columns for name, parents, birth, where (location), marriages, and remarks (notes).
The bottom section shows an angel holding a book and quill. On the pages, it says, “Sacred to the memory of the departed. He is flanked by two books, for recording death in the family.
Beneath the books, there is a poem:
“Scatter the germs of the beautiful.
In the depths of the human soul!
They shall bud and blossom and bear the fruit
While the endless ages roll,
Plant with the flowers of charity,
The portals of the tomb.
And the fair and the pure about thy path,
In paradise shall bloom.”
At the bottom, overlapping the decorative, hand-drawn frame, is a gorgeous scroll that makes this particular family record truly stand out as a gift. The scroll says “Presented to” with a line where you can fill in the recipient’s name!
If you want to give this as a present and would like a high-quality print, instead of a digital download (this listing is a digital file, so you can make multiple copies, for personal use), let me know. I am happy to create a custom listing for you.
Designed and wholly executed with a pen by James R. Ogan, the founder of the publishing house. First published by James R. Ogan & Son, Indianapolis. Copyright 1863.
The original design is in the Public Domain, so I restored and carefully altered it just enough to make it useful again to the modern genealogist or family heirloom lover. The version I have is for personal use. If you are a genealogist, you can buy it once, and use it multiple times as an included feature for your clients, as long as you do not sell the image itself. This can be used many times to create gifts for:
Mom, Dad, parents, grandparents, grandmother, grandfather, godmothers, godfathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, newlyweds, and so on.
BONUS: I’m also including an aged black and white version on faded antique paper (digital download also).
INSTANT DIGITAL DOWNLOAD = NOTHING WILL BE SHIPPED = NO WAIT TIME!
This is a high-quality digital download .jpg image file with blanks for the names of your family members. Use this printable scrapbook paper as many times as you like!
Do you need a family tree workbook template to make your family tree research easier and more organized? There’s a handy Google Spreadsheet family tree planning workbook you can get over here, with room for up to 12 generations!
*There are no watermarks in the downloadable/printable file.