There are some pretty badass Instagram collections out there that are filled with vintage goodies people come across. I stumbled onto FicusMongus, who’s posted a bunch of cool finds. These are just a taste. I especially love the Singer Monogram at the top. Stunning.
Packaging for a box of French Steel Pen Nibs. Via Letterologist’s Flickr.
Cool modern vintage work by Alex Perez. More inside the post!
Here are three of my absolute favorite chomolithographic plate examples of sign writing from The Sign Writer and Glass Embosser by William George Sutherland. It was printed and published by The Decorative Art Journals Co., Ltd. in 1898.
The first example features a range of lavish, decorative sign layouts for house painters and sign writers. Each has a rich color palette with gold, perhaps to be gilded with gold leaf in final execution. The second showcases intricate shading and dimensional approaches for adding depth to lettering. The last piece suggests techniques for projecting and positioning the lettering within a sign. My favorite is the approach is the illustration of “Lignomur” characters shown with depth, shading and creative bands to hold the letters together. Many of the specimens from the full collection are striking and should be looked over in detail.
Illustrative vintage print from Germany. The cover reads “Kunst-Kammer seiner koeniglichen Hoheit des Fürsten Karl Anton von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen” (1866). Public Domain Image – Free to Use.
Vintage Poster for Zwicky Swiss Cotton by Donald Brun, 1955. Via Flickr.
Being a father of two five year olds, I’m accustomed to saying the following phrase, “I love it…what is it?” I’m handed so many drawings and doodles that it’s often difficult to tell what I’m looking at.
I feel the same way about this multi-colored, geometric tobacco lithograph. Look a bit closer and you’ll see some sort of Egyptian-style clothing on an eagle. Perhaps he is sitting at the curb waiting for the Fourth of July parade to go by? Look even closer and you might be weirded out by his talon and snake rocking chair.
I don’t really know what I’m looking at, but I love it.
A Victorian style cover of Scribner’s Illustrated Magazine, June 1874. St.Nicholas, Conducted by Mary Mapes Dodge., Vol 1, No. 8, Scribner & Co, New York. Via SVA.
I’m sort of lusting after a couple of things shown above. I covet the Model Self Inking Printing Press as illustrated on the cover of How to Print, printed in London in July of 1884. Not only is the ornate patterned typography on the cover fantastic, but I’m equally drooling over the detailed hand press illustrations that accompanied the publication. If I could buy the press and cabinet as pictured I’d be perfectly content to just sit and look at them and never print a thing. Yes, sir that would be a conversation worthy addition to my studio.
And speaking of studios, as I poked around in Mr. Hansen’s Flickr I stumbled across his studio. Please can I have a room filled to the brim with type cabinets, presses and posters filling every square inch?
The trade card reads: “Revised and enlarged edition. Cancelling previous publications. July 1884.How To Print. As all can read, so all may print. C.G. Squintani & Co., Manufacturers and patentees of the Model Self-Inking Printing Press. Type and Printing Material. 3, Ludgate Circus Buildings, London, E.C., Entered at Stationers’ Hall, Price Sixpence. ‘Model’ hand press and cabinet.”