1875 Fine Old Scotch Whiskey, Lagavulin, Selected, Matured, and Bottled for Mr. John Stewart. St.Patrick Street, Edinburgh. No, not “the” Jon Stewart, but still pretty cool :) Via Finest & Rarest
Steve Noble is a fantastic illustrator that specializes in a noticeably vintage engraving style. He’s illustrated some pretty iconic pieces- like the Amex guard, The Sam Adams guy, and Burt’s Bee’s. I bet you never thought about the guy behind them- but now you can!
I often come across lovely type examples on the Web, like this Superior Bourbon Whiskey label, that need an extra bit of Photoshop love. I thought I’d share my simple formula for making a new composition out of found items.
In this example I married the label with an old scan of a book cover and included a scan of a distilling license from 1817. I love to play with layering of scanned paper textures and use the lighting effects in Photoshop to add just a touch of character. These simple compositions are done at 150 DPI so they are suitable for printing and framing.
Here are the 3 images I worked into this composition. I adjusted the lifeless black of the label to a more vibrant royal blue to set off some of the gold hues of the typography.
Via Filson Historical Society
Hendrick’s Gin is one of the most well-branded companies you’ll ever stumble across. It was designed by Quaker City Mercantile. They have a whimsical, modern vintage brand, filled with bizarre illustrations made to look like old engravings. Every single inch is dripping with intrigue, and they spared no expense.
Check out this massive post demonstrating the TLC and thought every company should have poured into them.
“The Celebrated Old J.H. Cutter Whisky” from Louisville, KY. Vintage whiskey label on it’s original bottle. For sale on ebay.
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.
I can’t imagine ever seeing a beer can lying around today and thinking “hmm. You know, this is really well designed, I think I’ll just hold onto it for the next 50 years or so.” Do you think people back in the day appreciated the design that surrounded them? Or do things like this only survive due to hoarders and forgotten attics? I just can’t wrap my head around packaging today being held onto and cherished in the future. Well, check back in 50 years and lets see what happens! (Yes, of course this blog will still be around… :)
“Brewers received the stamps without gum or perforations. They then cut the stamps apart, cancelled them, and pasted them over the bung of the beer barrel so that tapping the barrel destroyed the stamp.”- The National Post Museum
The detail in these engravings are unbelievable. I’ve always loved how ornate our paper currency is, and this collection shows a really nice range of vignette designs. You can see them in color here. If you guys would like me to go more in depth on the history of the things I post, let me know. I’ve been going crazy starting up my new wholesale/retail company, and sadly my posting has suffered over the past couple of weeks. Sorry! Bear with me though..things are about to get awesome.
Another 5 are inside the post!