But the Golden Age of Illustration, from around 1900 to 1940, provides the some of the most charming images. Print technology allowed for colors that managed to be both bold and luminous. Children's book illustration was exploding, as were illustrated magazines. The talent, technology and markets came together in a way that has never been equaled. There are amazing illustrations of fae and fairy tales in the 21st century, but the softness and colors of the Golden Age of Illustration are no longer in use, and, with different drawing techniques and technology, the look of fairy tale and fae illustration has inevitably changed.
Here, for your holiday enjoyment are some Christmas fae illustrations. I'm not sure of all the publishing information, but I've seen enough of this kind of illustration to know that these images are from the Golden Age. The first two are by Cicely Mary Barker, the last three are by unknown illustrators.