Pocket Annual for Furst & Bradley Manufacturing Co. in Chicago, IL. “Manufacturers of Plows, Cultivators, Rakes, &c, &c.” This piece of collateral is like a brochure. I’m not sure if it’s single or double-sided. Tons of great little details- corner flourishes, borders, banners, 3D type-  It’s a gold mine for inspiration. Via Flickr.

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Diamond Ink Co. created absolutely beautiful labels for their ink and mucilage products back in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  I have several original and unused labels from ink bottles.  The colors and patterns are so vibrant they make the typography pop right off the paper they were printed on.

The two larger pieces pictured are works that I’ve created.  I wanted to depict a bill head design and do a much larger vintage label suitable for framing.  I’m still looking for the perfect frame as I’m about at antique and flea markets. By Keith Tatum on August 5, 2013


 Screenshot of the old vintage city created for Bioshock Infinite 3 – a beautifully designed video game with countless little details all over the place from signage on a back door, to old posters, billboards and architecture.


These are pages out of Cassell’s Illustrated Almanac from 1882. Lots of great ads from all sorts of industries- printing presses, sewing machines, gout remedies, brandy, paints, watches, kettles. They take being a “one stop shop” to a whole new level. Most ads seems to be for shops in Paris and London. Via Land of Nod.

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Vintage Ad cards for Whittemore’s Orient Shaving Soap. Made by the Clinton Manufacturingi Co., Clinton. CT and New York. “Use Whittemore Bayberry & Glycerin Soap for the Skin & Complexion. Use Whittemore’s Lava Soap for Office or Home Use in Removing Ink and Other Stains.”  Via


Pratt has a great collection of bookplates on their Flickr. There’s a lot of digging to be done, but I came across these 3 monograms that were beautifully executed.

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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.

EradoErado_3Erado_2Cardinell’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.


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 PapergreatNemahaweb, 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

OldVintageSign_Sassy“Sassy” sign found in the Neon Boneyard Park (the sign graveyard) in Las Vegas, NV. Via Facebook. I adore the typography.