I discovered a great new resource- it’s an online museum of all sorts of design and memorabilia from the Netherlands. It’s easy to navigate and has nice large images. The racing poster is titled “Tilburgsche Wieler en Motorbaan T.W.E.M.” and was created in 1921-1922. The soccer poster is titled “Zondag a.s. voetbalwedstrijd tusschen D.F.C.” and was created in 1900-1925.
Boulangerie Malmo is a little bakery in Sweden that looks like it’s been there 100 years without aging. Isn’t the signage and molding great? I love intimate shops that take you back in time. They also had this cool vintage bakery photo of a little boy with a huge loaf of bread. Can you imagine a little boy today drooling over bread in a window? Found via Simplesong.
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.
Another Fab.com sale caught my eye- and how perfect is it for October? They’re selling digital prints of these great old magician’s posters. You can see the full set of offerings here. They’re all 18×24 and $28 each.
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.