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Of Art & Abundance, Part V

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Notice the housekeeper below, delicately dusting
the assortment
of figurines upon the fireplace mantel. 
Ahh, to be privileged to afford the luxury
of hired help and to behold
such beautiful surroundings!
Figurines, or bric-a-brac as refered to by Victorians,
were affordable and were available in an array of forms, sizes and colours.
This trade card for Soapine shows one of the more frivolous of collections!

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The "stuff" in a room; those little touches of colour, or texture -- Anything that takes the PLAIN and MUNDANE and makes it shout out, "This isn't Grandma's house you're looking at!". 
 
Look for all the embellishments on the above trade cards... Now That's Victorian!