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    Posted on Mar 25, 2014

    15 Breathtaking Illustrations Of Fairy Tales From The 1920s

    Long, long ago, things were really beautiful.

    1. Once upon a time, there were lovely trees.

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    Puss in Boots introduces himself to the princess.

    (Harry Clarke, 1922)

    2. There were inky eyes whose gaze you could still follow.

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    Cinderella looks at her mother's portrait.

    (Arthur Rackham, 1919)

    3. There were vivid fabrics.

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    Cinderella fixes her stepmother's hair before the ball.

    (Harry Clarke, 1922)

    4. Flowers were made of dots and lines.

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    After thinking she wouldn't be able to go at all, Cinderella sets off for the ball in her enchanted coach.

    (Harry Clarke, 1922)

    5. Dresses were geometric.

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    Cinderella enters the ball.

    (John Austen, 1922)

    6. The silhouettes had parties together.

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    The prince dances with Cinderella at the royal ball.

    (Arthur Rackham, 1919)

    7. Colors were never as exquisite as the absence of color.

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    Cinderella flees the ball.

    (Arthur Rackham, 1919)

    8. Feet were impossibly delicate.

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    The prince finds Cinderella's slipper.

    (Harry Clarke, 1922)

    9. Robes never seemed to end.

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    He returns the slipper.

    (Harry Clarke, 1922)

    10. Beards were reaching new heights of curliness.

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    The wife-slayer Bluebeard demands that his bride return the key she wasn't supposed to use.

    (John Austen, 1922)

    11. Boys flew through black skies.

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    Little Thumb (Tom Thumb) carries a message to the king in his magic boots.

    (Harry Clarke, 1922)

    12. Even the ugly were strangely beautiful.

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    Angry at the princess' parents, the wicked fairy curses the baby to die by a spindle prick in "Sleeping Beauty."

    (Arthur Rackham, 1920)

    13. Babies had the tiniest faces.

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    After the wicked fairy curses the baby, a good fairy softens the curse to 100 years of sleep.

    (Harry Clarke, 1922)

    14. Getting caught in brambles looked elegant.

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    The prince fights through the thorns surrounding the sleeping princess' castle.

    (Arthur Rackham, 1920)

    15. And a happy ending was just behind the brilliantly green curtains.

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    Sleeping Beauty awakens to her prince.

    (John Austen, 1922)

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