I love these vintage Butterfly Brand labels. They’re from the 1880s and have a very distinct style. These particular ones are actually up for sale on Etsy for very reasonable prices. Buy the Pumpkin one here, and the Bean one here.
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So I recently discovered the blog Letterology, and I’m quickly falling in love. Check out his post on Sanford’s Glue for the rest of his images. The image from the catalog is from the 1800s, and the postcard is from 1904. He also has an ad from 1928, but you’ll have to go there to see it :)
Isn’t it cool to see the ephemera surrounding an item? It puts it in context and brings it to life. I feel like I’m shopping in the 1800s!
I came across this vintage Handy Pack sewing kit that seems to be in mint condition with all the bits and bobs it originally included. It’s a great example of Art Deco design, and it’s nice to see how they evolved the design to be applied to the various types and sizes of the objects it held. I love that they kept the threads on round disks that mimic the shape of the box. They could have easily taken the normal little rectangle and tossed them in.
Even the scissors are unique in that they look like a bird- the screw is used as the bird’s eye- now that’s a nice touch. It truly is the details that make something great. Anyone can do the easy route and throw something together. Made in England, via The Vintage Cottage on Flickr.
When assembled, this little box is only 1.5 inches (adorable). Made for Gum & Sweemeat Co. of New York. The date is unknown- but my guess is around 1910s. I snooped around and found a trademark they received in 1904 for a vending machine, so that gives us an idea of when they were producing things.
Via Letterology, a really fantastic resource for typographic eye candy.
So I recently signed up for Fab.com emails to see their curated sales. I had no idea they were so into vintage beauties! The past couple of days, there have been dozens of great old cans, tins, prints, etc. for sale (super sale, really).
These are vintage Billy Carter beer cans. These beers started being produces in 1870 and lasted until 1970. The date of these particular cans wasn’t specified, but hey, does that make them any less handsome? :)
You can drool here, and you can buy them here.
A fellow reader was kind enough to point me in the direction of Woody Harrington. He’s getting a lot of attention for his vintage style matchbooks based on classic literature. He bases each title, color palette, and illustrations on specific details in each story. See all of them, inside and out, here.
I drooled momentarily when I came across these piles of vintage beauties. I am so jealous of Mary’s collections. Luckily she’s sharing them with the world on her Flickr stream called The Vintage Cottage. It appears the majority (if not all) of these are are from England.