This trade card (ca 1880s) is advertising John L. Whiting & Son, a brush-making company that made brushes from fine artists brushes to brooms and shaving brushes. They were unique in their advertising by marketing towards both black and white business owners, something that was very uncommon for the 1800s.
Via the blog for the Princeton Graphic Arts Collection’s.
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’m not usually a fan of photo collages, but these cracked me up. I’ve always been a sucker for old vintage photos with animals heads on them. Via the “Frighten” shop on Etsy.
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“By 1920 the gear-and-lever voting machine had become the official voting method in New York, Minnesota, California, Connecticut, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Utah, Colorado, Montana, Illinois, Washington, Massachusetts, and Kansas. The voting machine, pictured in Popular Science Monthly with a contemplative voter, became a symbol of good government and progressive reform.” -via American History
These tickets are from the 1860s and 1870s. You can learn about the history of voting here.
Fab.com is running a sale right now for re-prints of these great old propaganda posters ($24 each). Some of these are hilarious! Go see the rest at their site.
This A.R.S. Monogram is by Jeff Finley. I found it on his Dribbble Page (I love that site), but you can also see it on his website.
Here are a couple of more things I found on that amazing Netherlands Online Museum. The boxing poster was created in 1945-1946 and the hot air balloon race poster was created in 1956-1957.