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Vintage Monogram

31 Jan

The monogram on this vintage photo back is stunning. Each letter has it’s own pattern and details, yet they all feel married to one another and are perfectly interwoven. Monograms are so simplified nowadays. After seeing this, I’ll never be satisfied with a monogram again. Sigh.

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Vintage Monogram

31 Jan

The monogram on this vintage photo back is stunning. Each letter has it’s own pattern and details, yet they all feel married to one another and are perfectly interwoven. Monograms are so simplified nowadays. After seeing this, I’ll never be satisfied with a monogram again. Sigh.

Via Designspiration.

Trade Cards (old school business cards)

27 Jun

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

German Ads, Early 1900s

24 Jun

4 more ads inside the post.. Continue reading

Chamber of Commerce Menus, 1881-1887

24 Jun

I thought it was interesting to see the evolution of design through the Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Banquet menus. The typography and supporting illustration gradually becomes more complex in a span of only 7 years. Just looking at the 1881 menu next to the 1887 menu, they look like there from two completely different eras.

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Map games from the 1500-1700s (proof they were not kid-friendly times)

23 Jun

Do you think kids in the 1500s really got excited to play these? The word “game” could not have possibly had the same meaning to kids then as it does today. Games could not have been associated with entertainment- look at them! Speaking of which, wouldn’t these be great framed on a wall? Lame for them, pretty for me : ) Continue reading

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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