Here's some Friday amusement with a selection of pics from BuzzFeed's '50 Unexplainable Black & White Photos
'. Bizarre and weirdly wonderful vintage photographs from Matt Stopera's Tumblr
that just leave you wondering - why?Via Ffffound!
I stumbled across Free Vintage Posters
today and what a great resource it is. Packed full of, well you guessed it - vintage posters!
They're not 'free' to use, only to download as they don't own the copyrights to the posters or the images but none-the-less I think it's worth a bookmark. Enjoy...Via Notcot.
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.
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.
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
It's no secret that I'm a lover of wheels and dials, so when I was asked to add a couple of my collection to the Vintage Wheel Chart
Flickr group it was great to find some that I've never seen before.
I really need to find me one of those Carnation World's Great Invention ones!
See more of my collection here
#122 - Vintage slide rules and dials from the 40's, 50's and 60's.
I realised after finding the Nuclear dials and slide collection the other day, that I had only ever posted a few of my own dials and slides.
So here are a few more, from Dial-o-metric to Trigonomotry ratios, there's almost a dial for every occassion!
You can see the rest of my collection here
or have a rummage for the others in our reference box
I love slide rules and dial calculators, there are so many you rarely see the same one twice. These complex beauties are from a collection of Nuclear slide rules and dials gathered together by ORAU
(Oak Ridge Associated Universities).
They've got dials to calculate radiation dosage, Nuclear bomb effects, Nuclear weapon effects, x-ray exposure, decay rates, treatment times and Radium exposure. A much more useful collection than mine, which mainly consists of vintage promotional pieces!
See the full collection of Nuclear slide rules here
and see some of mine here
. Images copyright ORAU.VIa Notcot.
Here's some fabulous European, US and Japanese Auto type
to start off the new year. Best enjoyed with a hot drink (or something stronger) and left-over Christmas chocolate!
, collector of all things graffiti and co-creator of Swindle magazine has released this set of 3 hand-numbered posters showcasing his wonderful collection of vintage spray cans, Tools of Criminal Mischief: The Cans.
Designed to coincide with his new limited edition book 'Tools of Criminal Mischief', the posters featuring cans recently exhibited at MOCA as part of their Art in the Streets exhibition and include, "coveted brands such as Krylon, Rustoleum and Red Devil as well as off-brands with colors such as Silver-Skate Aluminum and Baa Baa Black"
The posters are available individually or as a set, so bag yourself some graffiti memorabilia here
.Images copyright Roger Gastman.Via World Famous Design Junkies.
With Guy Fawkes tomorrow I thought it was a good excuse to post up some of Jason Liebig's fabulous collection of 1980's fireworks packaging.
This huge collection is pasted into a scrapbook, above are a few of my favourites, but there are pages and pages in his Flickr set
, with 3 or 4 packages on each - I'm guessing Jason enjoyed the 5th November growing up!
These gorgeous UN postage stamps are my favourites from Aqua Velvet's
post, 'United Nations Postage Stamps - Part 1
' showcasing some of their collection. I love the bright colours and bold graphics, especially the big silver arrow on the one above. Really looking froward to seeing part 2!Images copyright Aqua Velvet.Via Notcot.
Auto Type XIII
- a few more additions to our auto type collection, including some from a couple of lovely commercial vehicles.
See our full collection here
and if autos are your thing, check out our sister blog Super Ninety
These wonderful Typewriter logo decals are part of Georg Sommeregger's (Shordzi) collection on Flickr
He has the most amazing typewriter based Flickr sets
I've seen - vintage typewriters, their marketing materials, instruction booklets, advertising as well as collections of British
typewriter ribbon tins.
A real feast of graphics that will keep you staring at your screen for hours!Images copyright Georg Sommeregger.Via @shelfappeal