Vintage Illustrations of Breads, Cakes, and More Baked Goods

A rare 1917 Flour Company CookBook With IllustrationsI always feel like I’ve hit the motherload when I discover a vintage illustrated cookbook.

And it happened again this weekend when I found this awesome antique cookbook published back in 1917.

Now in the public domain, this cookbook is packed with vintage baking recipes you can whip at home and a few colored illustrations of rolls, bread loaves, cakes, biscuits, and more yummy baked goods pictured below.

Project Ideas For Vintage Baked Goods Illustrations

Need some creative inspiration? I was brainstorming different projects you could do with these illustrations and came up with the following ideas:

  • DIY ABC Flashcards: These make great images for the letters “B” (Bread or biscuits), “C” (cake), and “R” (rolls).
  • DIY Coloring Book: Create coloring books for homeschooling, summer learning, classrooms, and after school programs.
  • Printed Kitchen Fabric: Use these images to create printed towels, placemats, calendars, and more kitchen decor.
  • Books & Activities: Use these antique illustrations to create hidden picture books, matching games, and phonics exercises.
  • Mixed-Media Painting: Incorporate vintage images of bread and cakes into your culinary inspired paintings.

Fun Facts About The History of Bread

Cultures the world over have contributed their own unique recipes and methods for making bread. Here are some fascinating facts about the history of bread that you can use in your trivia games, lessons, flashcards, and more:

  • According to historians, people may have started baking bread more than 3,000 years ago!
  • Before bread, people would make “gruel”, which was simply water mixed with grains.
  • Eventually, people began cooking gruel and grain paste on hot rocks.
  • Yeast is what makes bread light and fluffy. Archaeologists have found that yeast has been used in breadmaking as far back as 300 B.C. when the Ancient Egyptians used it in their commercial bread market.
  • The first mechanical bread slicer was invented in 1917. Two years later, more than 90% of bread sold in markets and grocery stores were mechanically sliced in factories.
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Free Vintage Public Domain Illustrations of Red Meat, Seafood, and Poultry Dishes

Now I’m hungry! I just finished combing through the turn-of-the-century cookbook, “Mrs. Beeton’s Household Management”. Published in 1907, this antique cookbook comes packed with some really amazing color illustration plates of dinners, desserts, and appetizers. I came away with a lot of material, so stay tuned for more upcoming posts from this book. First up, meat! This book has some rich and colorful illustrations of butcher meat, fancy meat dishes and meat pies, fish dishes, and poultry dishes like roasts and turkey. These images make wonderful materials for culinary-themed crafts, school projects, blog images, unique vintage crafts, and many more creative projects.

Culinary Themed Craft Ideas!

Ever been stumped on what to give your foodie or chef friend? Rather than chance it with an appliance they already have or a soup they might dislike, you can use free vintage illustrations of meat to create awesome DIY gifts instead. Even if you’re not the “crafty” type, cutting and pasting vintage illustrations is a quick and easy solution for greeting cards, decoupage boxes, scrapbooks, or memory boards. Try out some of these ideas with the illustrations above!

1. Screenprint a wooden cutting board

2. Screenprint on fabric to create unique napkins

3. Create a canvas print for the kitchen, dining room, or breakfast nook

4. Make cool greeting cards for Thanksgiving!

5. Decoupage a serving tray

6. Create a decoupaged wooden pantry box

7. Decoupage tin canisters that can be used to store spices and four

These images are in the public domain and may be used and modified for your personal and commercial projects without permission.

Free Public Domain Illustrations from a Vintage Children’s Cookbook (1905)

I had been on the hunt for a good vintage children’s cookbook to find more playful pictures of baking, food, and family.  I came across this children’s ‘First’ cookbook from 1905 published by an American flour company.  The following book illustrations are now out of copyright and would be useful for a variety of different personal and commercial projects, like Etsy products, greeting cards, blog images and social media content, decoupage, vintage kitchen decor, and DIY stationery.

Crafting with Vintage Cookbooks for Kids!

These charming illustrations inspire lots of ideas for culinary-themed crafting.  Here are a few more to consider.

  • Assemble these images to make your own custom gift wrap pattern online.
  • Make your own canvas prints online to turn these images into kitchen and breakfast nook decor
  • Create your own decoupage coaster set
  • Print out and laminate to create cute place mats for the kids at brunch