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