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Vintage Pencil Cases

27 Jun

 

I love the pops of bright neon colors on the British Graphite pack. Even the ad on the inside is cool! These almost make me want to buy pencils again. Almost. Continue reading

Trade Cards (old school business cards)

27 Jun

I’m re-doing my business cards immediately. Continue reading

Download: Italian Photo Back, 1890s

27 Jun

Here is another great photo back made for the studio Fratelli D’Alessandri in the 1890s. This particular design was taken from the back of a portrait of the crown prince, Victor Emmanuel III of Savoy, who would later become the king of Italy.

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Download: Bregenz Photo Back, 1800s

24 Jun

This gorgeous design is from a photo back made in the late 1800s. It was a pretty big deal to have your photo taken in the 1800s and so, naturally, it was delivered to the buyer in a well-designed thick paper holder. The photographer would use the container as a way to advertise their studio to the customer’s friends who would surely ‘ooo’ and ‘ahh’ over it.

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German Ads, Early 1900s

24 Jun

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Ads, Late 1800s and Early 1900s

23 Jun

The pen & pencil ad’s date is unknown, but it’s thought to be from the late 1800s. I grabbed this particular ad because of the great ‘W’ on it that interacts with the product. The angled pens and text and the ‘W’ ever so slightly breaking outside of the space make it pretty dynamic for the 1800s. The piano ad bookmark (ca. 1905) is just another example of how even the seemingly lousy little cheap-o ads back in the day were just ridiculously exquisite. I seriously want to know how this passion and pride died out over the years.

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Watch Paper Inserts, 1700-1900s

22 Jun

I had never heard of these until now. Their use is best summed up by an article from 1948:
“Watchpapers were discs that were used by Georgian and Victorian watchmakers, they were used to prevent dust from entering through the keyhole and were put between the watch and the outer case.” Of course they slowly involved into a valuable ad space. Hop inside the post to read more about the history of these and how they were used. It’s actually pretty interesting.

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J.H.Hale Fruit Catalogs, 1897

20 Jun

The blue ad seems pretty creative for its time in that the image wraps around the cover, creating intrigue that urges the consumer to flip it over. It was pretty out-of-the-box thinking compared to  what everyone else was doing in the late 1800s.

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Gin Pills and Whiskey Toothpaste!

17 Jun


Yep. They’re exactly what you’re thinking. Gin..in pill form! They were used to treat ailments with kidneys, but also bladders and bed wetting (scout’s honor it says that on the packaging). I wonder if this was released during the time when giving alcohol to quiet crying babies was considered good parenting..

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Tobacco Ad for Kids, Late 1800s

17 Jun

Talk about getting them while they’re young. W.T. Blackwell created a comic book for kids that showed all sorts of fun being had while smoking their Durham Tobacco. They even covered the pages with decorative clouds of smoke and illustrated classic children’s rhymes with the main characters smoking! Little Jack Horner is over in his corner…smoking. Little Boy Blue? He blew his horn, then sat down for a smoke. I’d like to see a tobacco company try that today- ha!

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