The YouTube channel Freemeo has a host of public domain movies fully uploaded and ready to watch. Many of the movies even date back to the 30s, and whether you’re interested in watching them or not, just scrolling through the page provides a ton of beautifully vintage title card illustrations and type. Definitely worth a look!
Vintage Vogue Magazine Cover Art for their “Summer Travel” issue, June 23, 1937. It’s price was 1 shilling. It shows a woman in a bathing suit on a diving board ladder.
Vintage photo showing an old sign for a dance hall. 20 dances fir $1, Music by Lionel Howard. Via Tumblr.
Huge file of a vintage portrait of President Abe Lincoln by photographer Alexander Gardner. It’s suspected that he had medical disorders that gave him odd features, but I’ve always thought he looked very dapper. Via DesignHistory
I thought this vintage car was pretty fun looking- and then I read about its name. How awesome is this? If you want to see larger images of this swanky vintage race car, check out Retronaut.
“The Stanley Motor Carriage Company was an American manufacturer of steam-engine vehicles from 1902 to 1924. The cars made by the company were colloquially called Stanley Steamers, although several different models were produced. The Stanley Steamer was sometimes nicknamed “The Flying Teapot”.The Stanley company produced a series of advertising campaigns trying to woo the car-buying public away from the “internal explosion engine,” to little effect.” via Retronaut
I came across this vintage german lotto board game on Etsy and couldn’t help but notice the funky type. I couldn’t find any information on the game, so the date is TBD. Still good typographic inspiration though!
For Sale on Etsy.
Via Bella Brocante.
Inspiration doesn’t come solely from old graphics. The texture of an old book, the shape of a briefcase, or the color palette in a photo can be the key to your next design. Not to mention, they’ll make your mood boards look hot.
My friend Fabien over at Graphic-Exchange posted an image from BrownDressWithWhiteDots. So, I went to visit it and found an eyeful of great emotive photography with vintage objects, textures, and just an overall rustic, vintage feel. These would be great for a mood board or for grabbing a color palette from.