So, there was a time I was really into gyaru nails and decided to put a bunch of ornaments on my nails. Gyarus typically get acrylics, but I don't really like the feel of artificial nails. I went to the beads section of NYC (yes there's an entire street in NYC that just sells beads) and bought a bunch of flowers and little cameos. I wanted to do a Victorian kind of theme.
I did a google books search for public domain works and found this ad in a 1950s magazine:
I didn't realize people were gluing stuff onto their nails for so long.
More vintage inspired nails: