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
There's a great post over on Sell! Sell!
looking back at the London 2012 Olympic branding as a kind of de-brief and I have to say I agree with them whole heartedly. (And yes, this is a lame excuse to post Lance Wyman's
wonderful Mexico'68 Olympic branding - but it's always nice to see it!)
Czwarta Pani Anderson, Andrzej Krajewski, 1973
Ryan over at Sell! Sell!
sent me a great link yesterday to the Galeria Plakatu Kraków
(Kraków Poster Gallery). I've always been a fan of Polish circus posters (CYRK) especially the Hubert Hilscher ones and was asking Ryan if he had seen any on his recent visit to Kraków.
The gallery is apparently very small, but stacked to the rafters with film, theatre, political, music and circus posters from the 50's right up to the late 80's - the golden era of the Polish School of Posters, "the Polish Government financially supported and encouraged poster art. Posters became the primary art form of the nation. The art of Polish posters attained international fame, becoming established as the best in contemporary/vintage poster art".
CYRK (koń), Jan Młodożeniec, 1972
CYRK (kot-tygrys), Hubert Hilscher, 1980
Niewinni Czarodzieje, Wojciech Fangor, 1960
Babie Lato, Jacek Neugebauer, 1974
Luckily for those of us not visiting Poland in the near future, they have an equally fully stocked online shop with very reasonable prices. Above are a selection of my favourites.
All images copyright Galeria Plakatu Kraków.Quote from Contemporary Posters.
It's that time of year, the last few weekends have been car show-tastic so we have lots of new Auto Type
to post up. Here's the first batch - mainly American with a couple of British classics thrown in for good measure!
Check out the full collection here
© László Moholy-Nagy, Prospectus cover for14 Bauhausbücher (14 Bauhaus Books), 1928. Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau. © Hattula Moholy-Nagy/DACS 2012
© Erich Consemüller, Lis Beyer or Ise Gropius sitting on the B3 club chair by Marcel Breuer and wearing a mask by Oskar Schlemmer and dress fabric by Beyer, c.1927. Herzogenrath, Berlin. © Estate Erich Consemüller
© Walter Gropius, Graph of the educational curriculum at the Bauhaus, 1923. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin. © DACS 2012
© Josef Albers, Set of four stacking tables, c.1927. © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society, New York and DACS, London 2012
This Sunday is the last day you can catch the wonderful Bauhaus: Art as Life at The Barbican. The largest exhibition in the UK for 40 years documenting the iconic Bauhaus art school and it's post WW1 vision.
Bauhaus: Art as Life "explores the diverse artistic production that made up it's turbulent fourteen-year history and delves into the subjects at the heart of the school: art, culture, life, politics and society, and the changing technology of the age".If you can't get down to see it don't panic, the exhibition catalogue is fantastic and available to buy here along with some beautiful Bauhaus designed goodies. But if you do visit, be sure to check out our letter-pressed greetings cards in the shop!
The Dover Bookshop
needs our help! Every designer I know has used a Dover book at some point and their amazingly resourceful books grace the shelves of many a swanky design studio, yet they're in trouble and need the support of the design community to keep going.
For those who aren't familiar with The Dover Bookshop, shame on you! Long before you could drag reference images off the internet, The Dover Bookshop was a wealth of copyright and permission-free imagery and a huge source of inspiration.
They've been selling their range of pictorial archive books in Covent Garden for 25 years, but are struggling to survive the recession. Please buy even just one book from here
to help keep this wonderful institution around for another 25 years!Image copyright The Dover Bookshop.
It's all about the posters today! This little bunch are my personal favourites from Historic Car Art's
massive selection of original, vintage racing posters.
The bold colours and simple designs do it for me, now if only I had more wall space...Images copyright Historic Car Art.
Remember these beauties we posted
about a while back - 1969 Zodiac posters by Gerry and Joe Simboli?
have Capricorn, Cancer, Scorpio, Libra and Virgo available in their sale with 50% off! Such great posters, I'm very tempted.
It's that time again, Print Club's summer screen print show, Blisters - The Directors Cut
(all the prints are derived from movies) has just been announced. True to form, the exhibition will showcase 40 original prints from 40 artists, in editions of 40 for £40.
This years line up of well known and up-coming artists includes; Babycrow, Conception Studios, James Joyce, Kate Moross, MOL, RYCA, Ryan Chapman, Si Scott and Steve Wilson.
The show will be hosted one again in the MC Motors building (next to the Print Club studio). It opens for a private view 6-10pm on Friday 31 August (RSVP only) and is then open 10am - 6pm Saturday 1 September.
Here's a sneak peek at what's going to be on offer...
Up - Anthony Peters, Imeus Design
Lost Boys - Philip Morgan
Star Wars - Conception Studios
Back to the Future - RYCA
Metropolis - Raid71
All images courtesy of Print Club London and copyright of the individual artists.
To coincide with the 2012 Olympics, the Design Museum
in association with Oakley
have curated, Designed to Win
, an exhibition showcasing outstanding design & innovation in sport and celebrating "the ways in which design and sport are combined, pushing the limits of human endeavour to achieve records and victories of increasing significance and wonder".
It looks at the relationship between design and sport; how design has progressed some sport, how sport has influenced design and how this relationship has led to winning performances.
The exhibition opened today and runs until 18 November 2012 so there's plenty of time to get down there and see it (for your own sanity though, it's probably best to wait until the Olympic circus has left town).Images copyright Justine AW (Rugenius).Via Notcot.
#128 - Vintage bulb packaging
. I just saw that the lovely Maraid
was selling some vintage bulb packaging on Ebay (can't believe I missed them!), anyway it reminded me that I had a few somewhere and here they are.
A DR. G. Fischer Autolicht car bulb for a Helphos spotlight (left), a British Electric Lamps Ltd. decorative bulb and a neon crucifix light bulb. Maybe I'll start collecting these too!
Auto Type XXII
- Always a petrol heads dream, Goodwood Festival of Speed didn't disappoint again this year. Although there's a high percentage of new stuff, there's still plenty of oldies. Here's a selection... enjoy!
You can see our full collection of Auto Type here
and if classic cars get your blood pumping, check out our sister blog Super Ninety
for some beauties.
#127 - Post Office Telegram, 14 November 1946
. I picked this up at a car boot sale last summer. The envelope is only slightly bigger than a business card and made from extremely thin paper (as is the telegram).
I bought it because the simplicity of the type on the envelope attracted my attention- clear and functional, with no hint at the message inside. In this case a happy one ' [to] Brown 9 Watsons Walk St-Albans= Congratulations on your 21 st birthday love= Jean D+
If you like this, check out more of our reference material here
#126 - Disque de controle do stationnement
(a vintage French parking control). Another dial for my collection, and a variation of one I already have. The only difference is that this one advertises 'Vittel' water, and my other
is advertises Citreon cars.
Have a look at my other dials here
, or have a look through our ever-growing reference box here