I came across this fancy old can of white paint. It reads: OBrien’sLiquid Velvet, the specified brand. Washable flat wall enamel. Manufactured and guaranteed by the O’Brien Varnish Co. South Bend, Indiana, Incorporated 1878. The Artistic, Sanitary, Economical, Durable, Washable, Flat Drying Enamel, For New or Old Walls.
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.
So I recently discovered the blog Letterology, and I’m quickly falling in love. Check out his post on Sanford’s Glue for the rest of his images. The image from the catalog is from the 1800s, and the postcard is from 1904. He also has an ad from 1928, but you’ll have to go there to see it :)
Isn’t it cool to see the ephemera surrounding an item? It puts it in context and brings it to life. I feel like I’m shopping in the 1800s!
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… :)