Friday find: Boxing posters

Check out these awesome boxing posters from the 1930s and 40s.

The style of vintage boxing posters is one that has surged in popularity in recent times and can be found applied to everything from websites to wedding invitations. As Matt Willey of Studio8 Design points out:

The arrangement of the type is a result, I presume, of a simple need to get all this information on the poster – nothing more fancy than that. They are probably more appealing now than they were considered at the time.

1934:

Vintage boxing posters

1942:

Vintage boxing posters

Imagine the chilling experience of being pitted against someone called Dick Freezer (above).

1949:

Vintage boxing posters

Via Eye Magazine Blog.

Vintage record sleeves

Project Thirty Three is a blog by Seattle-based Jive Time Records, showcasing a fantastic collection of record sleeve designs, categorised by motif…

Project Thirty Three is a blog by Seattle-based Jive Time Records, showcasing a fantastic collection of record sleeve designs. The way they are categorised by motif (Circles and Dots, Squares and Rectangles, Lines and Stripes) makes for fun browsing. As far as I can tell, the sleeves are mainly from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

The seemingly infinite number of vintage record jackets that convey their message with only simple shapes and typography never cease to amaze us.

Sometimes less really is more! Look at these fine specimens:

Project Thirty Three vintage record sleeves

Project Thirty Three vintage record sleeves

Project Thirty Three vintage record sleeves

Project Thirty Three vintage record sleeves

Project Thirty Three vintage record sleeves

Project Thirty Three vintage record sleeves

Project Thirty Three vintage record sleeves

Project Thirty Three vintage record sleeves

Project Thirty Three vintage record sleeves

Project Thirty Three vintage record sleeves

Project Thirty Three vintage record sleeves

Project Thirty Three vintage record sleeves

Project Thirty Three vintage record sleeves

Project Thirty Three vintage record sleeves

Project Thirty Three vintage record sleeves

Project Thirty Three vintage record sleeves

Project Thirty Three vintage record sleeves

Project Thirty Three vintage record sleeves

Project Thirty Three vintage record sleeves

Project Thirty Three vintage record sleeves

Found via Allan Peters.

Fantastic, strange, incredible, super, amazing comic book mastheads!

John Hilgart calls himself a curator of lost items. Among his assortment of finds, is SUPERTYPE! – a collection of high res vintage comic book mastheads to marvel at…

John Hilgart calls himself a curator of lost items. Among his assortment of finds, is  SUPERTYPE! – a collection of high res vintage comic book mastheads to marvel at. Most of these date back to the 1960s and 1970s, aka the Silver Age of comics. Here are a few examples:

SUPERTYPE! Comic Book Mastheads

SUPERTYPE! Comic Book Mastheads

SUPERTYPE! Comic Book Mastheads

SUPERTYPE! Comic Book Mastheads

SUPERTYPE! Comic Book Mastheads

SUPERTYPE! Comic Book Mastheads

SUPERTYPE! Comic Book Mastheads

SUPERTYPE! Comic Book Mastheads

SUPERTYPE! Comic Book Mastheads

SUPERTYPE! Comic Book Mastheads

SUPERTYPE! Comic Book Mastheads

SUPERTYPE! Comic Book Mastheads

SUPERTYPE! Comic Book Mastheads

SUPERTYPE! Comic Book Mastheads

SUPERTYPE! Comic Book Mastheads

SUPERTYPE! Comic Book Mastheads

Friday find: Typewriter ribbon tins

Janine Vangool from Calgary, Canada has a great collection of vintage typewriter ribbon tins. How cool!

Janine Vangool from Calgary, Canada has a great collection of vintage typewriter ribbon tins. How cool:

Janine Vangool's typewriter ribbon tin collection

Janine Vangool's typewriter ribbon tin collection

Janine Vangool's typewriter ribbon tin collection

Janine Vangool's typewriter ribbon tin collection

Janine Vangool's typewriter ribbon tin collection

Janine Vangool's typewriter ribbon tin collection

Janine Vangool's typewriter ribbon tin collection

Janine Vangool's typewriter ribbon tin collection

Janine Vangool's typewriter ribbon tin collection

Janine Vangool's typewriter ribbon tin collection

This last one is my personal favourite:

Janine Vangool's typewriter ribbon tin collection

See more in Janine’s Flicker set and read an interview with her about the collection on Poppytalk.

Friday find: Vintage erasers

Lovely eraser branding and packaging from yesteryear… and a skateboard deck!

1940s Vintage Eberhard Faber Ruby Eraser Box via Swiss Miss:

Vintage eraser branding

Vintage erasers from Lisa Kongdon’s A Collection A Day:

Vintage eraser branding

And in sticking with the theme, a skate deck entitled “Big Mistake” hand painted by Jennifer Daniel for Bordo Bello Auction:

Pink Pearl eraser skate deck

The typography of Water for Elephants

A fascinating example of how graphic design plays a vital role in movie production, yet goes virtually unnoticed amidst the drama!

My wife finally dragged me kicking and screaming to sit down and watch Water for Elephants with her on DVD. A tearjerking romantic drama was not at the top of my list of fun ways to spend a Saturday night, but I must admit it wasn’t that bad.

Throughout the film I was impressed by the attention to detail in the set design. It was clear that a lot of work went into the graphic design and the vintage circus typography.

Realising that I am probably not the only one whose attention was caught, I Googled the subject to see what others have said. I instantly hit gold – a write-up from Karen TenEyck, the graphic designer responsible! I recommend reading the article as it contains a lot of fascinating behind-the-scenes insight. Download it here a a PDF:

ADG Perspective Magazine Jun/Jul 2011, pages 34 – 41 (1.6MB).

Working with production designer Jack Fisk, art director David Crank and set decorator Jim Erickson, Karen produced a mammoth collection of posters, banners, signs, branding and packaging used to give the film that convincing 1930s atmosphere.

Another challenge for period films is that fonts made for the computer do not do justice to the hand-crafted look of the time, even if they are based on old styles. They are simply too perfect. Yet with the current trend of less and less prep time, I needed to find ways to shortcut the process and get the same effects. One of the ways I have been able to do this is by creating my own fonts based on the fifty-plus period lettering and advertising books I own. I am able to give these fonts the imperfect look of hand-drawn letters done with a lettering brush. Because they are turned into fonts that I can type with, it speeds up the process considerably down the line as decisions are made closer to filming. – Karen TenEyck

Take a look at some of Karen’s work in action:

Water for Elephants graphic design by Karen TenEyck

Water for Elephants graphic design by Karen TenEyck

Water for Elephants graphic design by Karen TenEyck

Water for Elephants graphic design by Karen TenEyck

Water for Elephants graphic design by Karen TenEyck

Finally, the film also has a very nice end title screen which was not designed by Karen, but by a Los Angeles studio called River Road Creative:

Water for Elephants end title

Friday find: Flight thru Instruments, 1945

How awesome is this rare military flight manual from 1945? That front cover couldn’t be more perfect.

An excerpt from the foreword:

The pilot who cannot fly through instruments, therefore, consigns himself and his plane to a part time job and places both in the premodern era where usefulness was limited by the amount of daylight and visibility.

Flight thru Instruments, 1945

Flight thru Instruments, 1945

Flight thru Instruments, 1945

Via: Prof. Michael Stoll’s Flickr

Incredible vintage typography from Sanborn Map Company

Examples of the incredible variety of ornate typographic titles which appeared on Sanborn Maps between 1880 and 1920.

Founded in 1866 by Daniel Alfred Sanborn, a surveyor from Massachusetts, The Sanborn Company began making fire insurance maps in 1867. The company first gained recognition for the rich detail employed in the maps they produced in the 1800s, and today these archived maps are still widely used for research purposes. Sanborn still exists as a mapping and GIS company.

The images below are examples of the incredible variety of ornate typographic titles which appeared on maps between 1880 and 1920.

Sanborn Maps

Sanborn Maps

Sanborn Maps

Sanborn Maps

Sanborn Maps

Sanborn Maps

Sanborn Maps

Sanborn Maps

See more at BibliOdyssey.