1895 ad for Cleveland’s Superior Baking Powder. It shows an illustration of their packaging and has a little owl that says “There’s Wisdom In a Right Choice.” Via eBay.
The Alphabet of Monograms is a vintage book on classic monograms. They’re beautifully crafted with intricate details and interlocking figures. See more pages at Letterology.
This made me instantly happy inside. I loved David the Gnome, and this little guy is just like him. I unfortunately don’t know the date of this book, as the original source is rather elusive..otherwise this would be on its way to me right now. Via Etsy.
You may have already seen this floating around, but just in case, store this away in your brain under “graphically stunning”. Katie, the brilliant author and designer behind this book was nice enough to send over some images to add to our online collection of delicious eye candy. I have a soft spot for well-executed children’s books, and the simplicity of these illustrations just did me in.
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What I love about these is that he’s taken classic vintage elements (big swashes, elaborate flourishes, 3D banners) and brought them up to date in the way that he utilized them through size and placement.
You’d think someone would have done a series like this that all fit together (it seems like half the designers out there are doing it with their business cards and packaging). I’ve always liked mixing black and white imagery with bright colors, and the use of the vintage medical illustration to pull it all together is nice. It’s impressive that each individual book is as strong individually as they are as a whole.
These are just a few of the hundreds upon hundreds of cover designs published by Hetzel for the vast collection of works by Jules Verne- the father of the science-fiction genre. While everyone was trying to figure out how to create new modes of transportation and picking out the latest style of top hats and canes, he was dreaming up A Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Needless to say, just any ordinary book cover would not do for a stories this creative. They were ground breaking at the time!
This was the cover of a booklet which, by deductive reasoning, housed the arrival and departure times of the trains at this particular railway station. I was extremely surprised to find that there are actually ads on the cover. The type and colors are all so similar (creating a nice unified aesthetic overall) that any business today would have a heart attack if their ad wasn’t visually fighting with everything else on the page. Gone are the days..