Reading through old patterns and learning about the "old" techniques of crocheting, knitting, beading, tatting, etc. has been like "crack" for me lately. It all started with a search for a beaded purse pattern after I realized that the purse pattern I had from Purse Paradise was loaned out years ago (and subsequently lost in the "settlement"). I found a pattern on etsy from Patterns ala Carte which introduced me the Hiawatha books. I searched eBay for the Hiawatha book and found many, many more old pattern books that I ordered on CD from Toad Hollow. It's become an addiction really.
And then. I found. This: http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/
I'm quite sure this fix will last me years.