Tag Archives: Late 1800s

Trade Cards (old school business cards)

27 Jun

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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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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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Vintage Children’s Books, 1860 to Early 1900s

23 Jun

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Menus from the 1800s

22 Jun

So today I’ve been digging through the digital archives of the New York Public Library. It took me a few hours just to get through the menus of the 1800s! I had no idea they had such a massive collection online. I found about 40 out of roughly a couple of thousand, so there will be a few posts sprinkled over time.

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Vintage Calligraphy Instruction Book

22 Jun

These delicious pen strokes are from an old calligraphy instruction book. I’m determined to find out more about how everyone used to be a master of the pen back in the day. Sadly, I’m not sure of the date for this. Early 1900s perhaps?

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