qua-Velvet recently tweeted about lamarde, thus introducing me to the fabulous world of vintage cigarette advertising and packaging. There’s a reason we have so many unfortunate people addicted to nicotine: the advertising was glamourous, beautiful, and downright awesome in terms of design execution. Despite my devotion to all things design-related (which, yes, includes my appreciation for pro-smoking ads), I still feel compelled to state that I abhor cigarettes and their disastrously horrific effects on the body (and on innocent bystanders’ bodies). I have a step-father who is currently battling stage IV lung cancer. Meanwhile, my mother won’t stop lighting up, despite the smoking-induced tragedy barely breathing next to her. I am, in other words, not a fan of smoking.
But I am a fan of great design. And of lamarde’s beautiful gallery of advertisements, which is where I found all of the images posted below. Enjoy. These are some of my favorites:
Visit lamarde’s blog HERE. Follow lamarde on Twitter HERE.
Posted in Design & Paper, French, Type, Vintage
Tagged ads, cigarettes, cigars, design, fashion, French, Italian, lamarde, nicotine, smoking, Spanish, tabac, tabacco, Type, Vintage
I am definitely digging these vibrant vintage designs that I found over at Ninonbooks, which were created for Olivetti typewriter and calculator ads in the 1950s and ’60s.
Aren’t they great? I kind of want to own every single one of those machines, please. More HERE.
Posted in Design & Paper, Type, Vintage
Tagged 1950s, 1960s, ads, design, Flickr, graphic design, Italian, Italy, machines, Ninonbooks, Olivetti, Type, typewriters, Vintage
Whoa. Wait until you see these vintage printing ads/cards/etc. that I just found in the Artistic Printing Album of Sheaff : Ephemera. The colors make me extremely happy.
Posted in art, Design & Paper, Stationery & Cards, Type, Vintage
Tagged ads, Artistic Printing Album, Campbell Press, cards, design, ephemera, ink, press, printers, printing, red, Sheaff, Type, Vintage
oving these vintage Portuguese transportation ads — particularly the awesome lettering, which I found over at Dias que Voam, which you should visit PRONTO.
The majuscule letters (do we say that in English? for capital letters?) at the bottom of the first ad above kind of remind me of the style of lettering I used for lettering the names on my last round of family tree orders (finally shipped!):
Posted in art, collage, labels, Type, Vintage
Tagged ads, advertisements, art, collage, Dias que Voam, excursions, family trees, Handmade Artists, holidays, illustration, labels, leaves, lettering, letters, names, Portuguese, posters, transportation, Vintage
t’s finally snowing in Boston. It was 70 degrees here on Thursday. Very anti-Decemberish. So, I’m extremely excited to see the white fluff whisping around outside and even sticking on the ground. I’m about to go celebrate with a fresh mug of hot chocolate and mini-marshmallows. But first, I want to share some fun Swedish finds with you… they’ll keep you happy and warm this Saturday evening, whether yours is snowy or not. 🙂
Vintage book covers and ads straight from David at the Klockarp Institute:
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Tagged ads, Agatha Christie, Aldous Huxley, blue, book covers, books, Brave New World, children's books, Christmas, CirkelKaffe, coffee, covers, DailyDropCap, Design & Paper, holidays, illustration, kids, labels, pink, posters, Santa, svenska, Sverige, Sweden, Swedish, The Bear, Type, Vintage, William Faulkner, yellow