#132 - A 1961 travel guide to Beograd, Yugoslavia. I was drawn to this bright, colourful cover (above) and bought it purely for that - I love the simplistic style and big blocks of colour.
The booklet itself isn't anything to write home about, apart from a spattering of little illustrations (I'm assuming by the same artist) and a wonderful map on the inner back cover.
The cover is signed 'Pešić 61', but unfortunately I can't find anything out about him/her which is a shame as I'm a real fan of their style. If anyone knows more about Pešić and where I can see more of their work please let me know.
The reference box
is quite full these days, so if you want an inspirational break from the grind, make a cuppa and dive in.
Courtesy of Philippe Garner
Sticking with the cat theme today. I saw a link to 'nineteenth century cat photography' whilst reading about the For the LOL of cats
exhibition yesterday and it took me to this fantastic collection of cat carte-de-visite.
Harry Pointer was a 19th century photographer who worked from a studio in Bloomsbury Place, Brighton. In the early 1870's he produced a series of approximately 200 carte-de-visite called 'The Brighton Cats'
that featured his own cats in various poses from eating & sleeping to riding bikes and roller skating!
I can't believe I haven't read about Harry Pointer
and his wonderful cat photography before or seen any of his cards. I collect vintage cat photographs, carte-de-visite and I'm based in Brighton - it's like my dream collection.
I'm yet to find a Harry Pointer cat carte-de-visite, but the search is on! You can see my carte-de-visite collection here
.It's not clear who owns the copyright to these images, but they're taken from Sussex PhotoHistory.
Maru, courtesy mugumogu
Cooper the Photographer Cat courtesy Michael Cross © The Photographers' Gallery
My Instagram feed is usually a feast of gorgeous cat pics. Most of the designers I follow regularly post up pics of their feline friends, as do I. I even know some lucky cats that have their own blogs, websites and Twitter/ Instagram accounts.
For the LOL of cats runs until 6 January 2013 with individuals and communities being invited to share their own collections of cat photos on The Wall throughout.
Of course we don't think any exhibition of cat photos would be complete without the addition of our very own Tigger (shown here 'helping' me compose a letterpress poster and sleeping)...
Do you remember the Country Fair covers
we posted a while back, with the John Hanna animal illustrations?
Well, tableware designer/ manufacturer Jenny Duff is now producing a range
of table mats and coasters using these gorgeous illustrations, including a couple I haven't seen before (above).
You can see more Country Fair covers here
The new Drambuie TV and cinema ad from our friends at Sell! Sell!
builds on the 'A Taste of the Extraordinary' campaign
launched last year and is so weirdly wonderful we just can't stop watching it.
We are a little concerned what goes on in their heads though to create such a surreal landscape of colourful characters!
#131 - P&O's 'Chusan' Tourist Class, General Entertainments, 1958
. A new addition to the reference box, bought purely for it's wonderful Daphne Padden cover.
Daphne Padden (1927 - 2009) was a freelance designer who throughout her career created gorgeously illustrated posters, marketing material, packaging and menus for the British Transport Commission, the Post Office Savings Bank, the British Diabetic Society, P&O and BEA.
See more posts about Daphne Padden here
I've just read that New York designer Lance Wyman, of Mexico 1968 Olympic branding (above) fame will be a keynote speaker at this year's Designival in Liverpool. Really wish I still lived up north!
Pegged as the north's largest design festival, Designival will also feature "keynote sessions, masterclasses from Liverpool creatives Apposing, Milky Tea and Uniform as well as studio tours, an architour (in association with RIBA), networking, exhibitions, portfolio surgeries, and an after-party running well into the night."
Get more information and book tickets here.
Via CR Blog.Image copyright Lance Wyman.
Auto Type XXV
- I clearly go to too many car shows!! Another selection of auto type from a general classic car show, which includes some more wonderful tractor type (top) and one of my favourites, the gazelle.
As always, the rest of our collection can be seen here
and for the petrol heads amongst you there is more classic car & historic racing loveliness here
How great are these vintage wrestling posters from the lovely Maraid's Flickr
collection, I'm especially liking the Reg Parks one - with his trying-to-look-terrifying pose!Via Sell! Sell! Images copyright Maraid.
#130 - "Where to fish in Canada"
an early 1960's fishing travel guide commissioned by the Canadian Government Travel Bureau, Ottawa and published by authority of The Honourable Mitchell Sharp, Minister of Trade and Commerce (dating it 1963-65).
Unfortunately there's no designer or artist credit for this gorgeous cover so if anyone knows who illustrated it, please let me know.
If you want to brighten up this rainy Monday, make a cuppa and have a rummage through the rest of our reference box
Biba, 1973 by Duffy. Copyright Duffy Archive.
Biba and Beyond
is a celebration of Biba and the woman behind this iconic label, Barbara Hulanicki
looking back on her career from fashion illustrator, to Biba co-founder, her design, architecture and interior design achievements and more recently her fashion collaborations.
Barbara and her late husband Stephen Fitz-Simon founded Biba in 1964, a small mail-order fashion label that harnessed the spirit of the swinging sixties and grew to iconic status."With its cutting edge yet affordable fashion, Barbara Hulanicki’s iconic Biba store and label transformed the High Street shopping experience in the 1960s and 70s. Young working women shopped alongside models and celebrities, including Twiggy, Cher and the Rolling Stones. Art Deco, Victorian and Hollywood glamour all combined in striking, romantic and sensual designs."
The best bit about this exhibition is that it's right on my doorstep at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. It runs until 14 April 2013 so there's plenty of time to pop down to the seaside and see it (the cafe does great cake too, as if you need another reason to visit!).
Adore (3 deep), 2012
A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures
is the new Stephen Powers'
exhibition currently showing at the Joshua Liner Gallery, New York - his first solo exhibition in 7 years.
Phily born Powers (aka ESPO) is renowned in NY for his large scale sign painting/ graffiti often seen around the City. This exhibition showcases various scaled enamel on aluminium paintings - from his daily 'Metaltations' (small 10 x 8" pieces) to some 8 x 16ft giants, all in his recognisable style.
Daily Mataltation - 6.26.12
Everything is shit except you love, 2012
Holler back, 2012
Undo my life, 2012
The exhibition is only running until the 29th of this month, so don't hang around or you'll miss it. Only wish I was in NY this month :(
If like me, you can't make the exhibition you can see loads of his gorgeous painted signs and other work here
and follow his day to day adventures here
Images copyright Stephen Powers
Via World Famous Design Junkies
An international selection for Auto type XXIV
with the unusual addition of Power Fordson Major - some tractor auto type.
If wonderful hand-lettered auto type does it for you check out our full collection here
or if you would rather see cars in full, check out our sister blog, Super Ninety
These fabulous vintage menu covers
are from Arkiva Tropika
- the personal tropical/ tropical themed ephemera collection of Mimi Payne; "From Florida to Fiji, from Haiti to Hawaii, from Seattle to Samoa, Arkiva Tropika is about the classic island imagery of tourism".
Her vast collection consists of mainly 50s/ 60s examples. The menus covers above are only the tip of the iceberg and every one is fantastic.
Now go, make a cup of tea and grab the biscuits, you'll be there a while!
All images copyright Mimi Payne/ Arkiva Tropika
#129 - Canadian travel booklet
circa late 50's early 60's, from The Canadian Government Travel Bureau. I bought this at the weekend with loads of other travel information and maps from the 50's and 60's. They had belonged to a very well travelled gentleman who had kept everything from each trip (maps, tickets, travel documents, guides, menus). Unfortunately I was beaten to the stack of plane and cruise ship menus and I fought my urge to snatch them and run!
I'll post them all over the next few weeks, but for starters here are some of the gorgeous illustrations throughout this guide. There's no illustration or design credit which is a shame and an internet search has drawn a blank, so if you do know who the illustrator is, please let me know.
There are lots more vintage goodies in our reference box, have a rifle though them here