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.
Here’s a small sampling of collateral from the Longman & Martinez paint company (aka L and M Paints), located at 207 Pearl Street in New York, NY around the 1880s.
Someday I’ll figure out how to make a map to tag these photos on to. How cool would it be to find vintage things connected to the streets around you? Very. The answer is very. Via Papergreat, Nemahaweb, Alphabetilately.
Cardinell’s Erado 2 in 1 Ink Out, Ink and Stain Remover. Manufactured by Ink-Out Mfg. Co. in Montclair, NJ in the1920s. This little tin held a small bottle with a dropper cap and a piece of paper with instructions.
1907 Sears Roebuck & Co Catalog Cover. Catalogue No 116. Chicago, IL. Via Old Design Shop.
Columbia University was recently given an enormous donation of 1,300 items with architectural images- but forget those- look at the typography!! It’s called The Biggert Collection of Architectural Vignettes on Commercial Stationery (see it here). In short, vintage billheads from old factories that include engravings of their building on them. This is just a sampling of some of my favorites. The download also include parts of the receipts themselves with old handwriting on them.
Vintage hotel luggage label for Hotel Lutetia in Paris, 1930s. It’s pretty large, measuring 6.5×5″. Via eBay.