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New-Old Chinese Package Designs

Feb

24

2015

On a recent trip to Chinatown in NYC, I snapped a bunch of photos of products I would otherwise have bought. Collecting in the digital age FTW! The”555″ package is completely hand-lettered.

Walruses as Architectural Details

Feb

17

2015

Somewhere in downtown Seattle, these walruses adorn a mysterious (to me, at least) pre-war building that backs up to a parking lot on a hill. These are at least a few stories up from the building’s entrance around the corner and I doubt too many folks notice them when entering or leaving the building. Folks parking cars, however, get a walrus’-eye view. Click to enlarge:

Patriotic Nail Designs

Feb

10

2015

I snapped these somewhere in Queens, NY several years ago and not necessarily during a World Cup year. Click to enlarged:

Signs of German Life in New Braunfels, TX

Feb

3

2015

Some signs I snapped at Wurst Fest 2014 in New Braunfels, TX:

1897 Map Depicts Original Lot Grants in New-Amsterdam

Feb

2

2015

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Happy birthday, New Amsterdam (1653). An engraved map from 1897 is described as follows:

Map of the Original Grants of Village Lots from the Dutch West India Company to the Inhabitants of New-Amsterdam, (Now New-York.) lying below the present line of Wall Street. Grants commencing A.D. 1642.

Click here to view a larger version.

Some Vintage Book Covers, etc.

Jan

27

2015

Adding these vintage book covers and a few contemporary, yet ephemeral, product packages to my online library. Digital collecting has seriously cut down on the clutter in my office.  Enjoy:

1884 U.S. Census Maps Show Forest Trees of North America

Jan

23

2015

Officially titled “Sixteen Maps Accompanying Report On Forest Trees Of North America, By C.S. Sargent, 1884,” this beautiful collection of maps-as-info-graphics produced by the U.S. Census provides a Victorian era view of forests in North America by genus of tree, density, and position. Thanks to Rebecca Onion who runs Slate’s history blog The Vault (@SlateVault) for posting this article, which contains link to high-res images for zoom-in fun.

Railroad Passenger Car Lettering

Jan

20

2015

We recently took our daughter on the “North Pole Flyer,” a two-hour there-and-back passenger rail excursion that comes complete with a wooden train whistle gift from Santa himself. While it was fun to ride in some older passenger cars and see the cramped quarters that were supposedly “first class” back in the day, the real treat for me was seeing the typography on the exteriors of the cars. Since the train was made up of a hodgepodge of cars from several different (defunct) lines, it provided a variety of graphical styles from at least a few eras. Here are some of the snaps I took:

 

Spiratone Enlarging Focuser – Vintage Package Design

Jan

15

2015

Remember these?!? Yes, I’m that old and so are some of you, apparently. I snatched this up for a buck at a local thrift store and it looks untouched both inside and out. Nice hand-lettered “Spiratone” logo pairs well with the Cooper Black and the mod deep blue bars finish up a nice and simple package design. Well done.

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Some graphical ephemera for your tired eyes…

Jan

13

2015

Snapped recently in the wild. The “Showboat” sheet music appears to be entirely hand-lettered. Click to enlarge: