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This was the cover of a booklet which, by deductive reasoning, housed the arrival and departure times of the trains at this particular railway station. I was extremely surprised to find that there are actually ads on the cover. The type and colors are all so similar (creating a nice unified aesthetic overall) that any business today would have a heart attack if their ad wasn’t visually fighting with everything else on the page. Gone are the days.. Continue reading
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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To the dads who live out each day being manly men, fighting off rabid otters, defeating a hundred flesh-eating squirrels, and warding off grizzly bears. Consider these a tribute to your masculine feats.
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When I stumbled across Kirk’s work, I immediately started in with the “oooo” and began putting a post together. He has some really great projects that utilize different sorts of vintage styles. I hate when I come across someone’s project, get excited, go to their site to see everything else, and it’s all just the same style over and over. It’s refreshing to see someone that just “gets” vintage and can incorporate multiple styles into their portfolio based on what’s appropriate for the project. You’d be surprised- it’s a rarer talent than you’d think.
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What I wouldn’t give to get my hands on one of these old booklets! I really want to know what they looked like on the inside. I’m also curious as to who they hired to design these. Was this a common skill? It seems like people back in the 1800s and early 1900s were just born with a natural inclination for beautiful handwriting and the ability to create jaw-dropping typography. I wonder who amongst us still has those inclinations and their ancestor’s skills are just laying dormant in their little minds. So sad. I wonder what these artists would create if they were alive today? I have strange daydreams, I know..but honestly, aren’t you the teensiest bit interested too?
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