Russell Johnston and Megan Jones have been collecting vintage Travel and Ski posters since 1979. The collection was started by Russell’s father Robert W Johnston, a Royal Air Force navigator after the Second World War…
Friday find: Woodcut Poynder ampersand
A very cool ampersand print with an interesting story…
Friday find: Matchbooks
We’ve had matchboxes and cigarette packs on here before, so it’s only fitting to add matchbooks to the equation. As Johnny Cash points out, love is a burning flame!
The flipside of old New York Times photos
The New York Times recently launched a Tumblr to share old pictures from their newsroom archive. More exciting than the photos themselves, is the history recorded on the back of each picture.
Friday find: The Grapho-Scope and other forgotten art supplies
Whether you are old enough to have used a Grapho-Scope, or whether your first introduction to design was Adobe CS5, check out the online Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies curated by Lou Brooks…
Vintage Kodak packaging
Last night I saw an awesome movie called Super 8 which inspired me to find this old film and camera packaging.
Mysterious calligraphic album from the 1620s
These beautifully ornate calligraphic letterforms form part of an album entitled “Kalligraphische Schriftvorlagen” (calligraphic writing styles) produced by Johann Hering of Bavaria, Germany in the 1620s. Were they intended for educational use or simply practice sheets from Hering’s personal collection? According to BiblyOdyssey, there is not much information available online about Johann Hering or his… Continue reading Mysterious calligraphic album from the 1620s
Friday find: Book cover graphics
Julian Montague of Buffalo, New York started documenting interesting book covers from his collection in February 2009. Three years later (and over 1000 covers later) he is still at it…
IBM Film Ribbons by Paul Rand
A striking example of Paul Rand’s packaging design work for IBM from the 1960s.
Friday find: Bottle caps
I have always thought of bottle caps as an interesting little canvas and wondered how much attention actually goes into their design, but I had no idea that a passionate community of collectors exists…