An unused label for J.F. Kurfees Paint Co’s Ready Mixed Paint. Louisville, KY. Via Flickr.
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.
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
A very crowded bus in London, 1865. Via Pinterest.
G.H. and J.H. Hale Seed Catalogs. Via Smithsonian Libraries.
Sheet music cover for ‘The Ferris Wheel Souvenir’, a Waltz-Polka from 1893. It depicts the World’s Fair of 1893. It cost 50 cents and was published in Chicago, IL. Via NYPL. I believe this is public domain (due to it’s original publish date), but it’s not confirmed. If you’d like to use this in something other than personal work, please contact the NYPL.