Download: Stamp of Wolfgang

24 Jun

Isn’t this one of the most striking stamps you’ve ever seen? Stamp collectors, you’re not allowed to answer that…unless you send pictures : )

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Downloads Now Available!

24 Jun

PUBLIC DOMAIN IMAGES: All images on the downloads page can be used guilt-free, however you like. Images I find in public archives will always be 100% free to use. I’m currently in the process of scanning in my collection of print ephemera, which will be available soon as high resolution downloads for 99 cents. These will be 300dpi, so you can easily print them out, frame them, make art with them, or whatever else you can concoct. If you find these useful, please help me get the word out and share some link love!

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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Interview with The Flea Man

24 Jun

When I go to a flea market, for some reason I always start to get anxious. I have my guard up, expecting people to try to rip me off and requiring that I try to bargain with them. I also feel incredibly stressed, looking out at what seems to be a never-ending stretch of booths that I’m going to have to dig through to find some treasure before I can leave with it being a success. Needless to say, “bittersweet” is the best description of my relationship with flea markets. But that was until I met TV’s next big personality. And “personality” is a loaded term with him. He’s a grateful dead loving, thrift store wearing, optimism inducing, true master of flea markets, and they call him The Flea Man.

His take on Flea Markets is that they’re like a vacation. You hang out outside, eat good food, get a beer, listen to music, and peruse the booths on a casual treasure hunt filled with all sorts of adventures and history. I was pretty confused, as what he described was a magical place, and there was even a mention of cupcakes in there. By the end of it all, I was squirming to get to a flea market and relax. 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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