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Over the holidays…

While I was in Ohio for the holidays, I finally had the time to create and mail my holiday cards. I am fortunate to have an extremely awesome step-father who is an artist and stamp collector, and he provided me with tons of old stamps to use for my envelopes (he also told Santa to stash stacks of canceled vintage stamps and postcards in my stocking).

{ My holiday cards. Kind of hard to tell, but they’re cardstock cut into stocking shapes, and then I stamped them and adhered scalloped-edged paper cut-outs and baker’s twine and… a bit much, but fun. ūüôā }

{ Envelopes for my holiday cards, including stamped and handwritten tags plus old postage stamps. }

{ Backside. }

Also, a friend/colleague of mine asked me to hand-letter her wedding program, menu, and place cards for her winter snowflake-themed nuptials. So I had fun creating those as well, although I worried that they ended up a bit too “busy” with all the text. But Catherine said she liked them, so I was happy.

{ Front cover of the wedding program. }

{ Front cover (left) and back cover (right) of wedding program. }

{ Inside of program. }

{ Wedding menu. }

{ Wedding menu. }

{ Place cards, twined up according to table #. }

{ The whole collection. }

I am realizing that these photos aren’t the best quality. Casualty of being away from home.

Hope you all had a very happy holiday and that the new year is off to a stellar start!

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Throwback Thursday: Boston matchbook covers

A couple of months ago, I posted some gorgeous images of vintage cover designs from Boston Public Library‘s rare books collection, made available on their beautifully extensive Flickr stream. Now it’s my pleasure to introduce you to some more great finds in the BPL’s Flickr collections: vintage Boston matchbook covers from their¬†Matchcover Collection set:

I’ve lived in Boston for over seven years now, and I have yet to set foot in the BPL. What the hell am I waiting for?!

P.S.: For those of you in/around Boston, on the evening of the 17th, the BPL is presenting “The Great Poe Debate” (re: Edgar Allan Poe’s Boston connections). More info HERE.

The Illustrations of Naiad & Walter Einsel

Naiad and Walter Einsel‘s illustrations graced the pages of several prominent magazines during the 1950s and 60s. Whether in black and white or in vivid color, the designs never cease to entertain and leave you wanting more.

Just check out that cheddar ad (below). Cheese AND plaid AND awesome illustration?!? You’ll want more. Trust me.

Thanks to Today’s Inspiration blog for clueing me in about this beautiful husband-and-wife design team:

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All images from LeifPeng’s Einsel Flickr set:

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Wordshop Wednesday: Yee Haw Industries

From cards to posters to calendars to t-shirts, I give you the lovely and humorously crafty letterpress designs of Yee Haw Industries:

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Kit Kat bar, I love you.

I’ve been feeding a Kit Kat addiction for the better part of the summer. Wait, is it technically no longer summer? Crap. My addiction may be bi-seasonal. In any event, it’s led me on a search for vintage Kit Kat wrappers. (Don’t judge me.) And my vintage Kit Kat search has led to a Pandora’s box of vintage candy fantasticness: vintage wrappers, boxes, advertisements… all that I and my Kit Kat could ever hope for.

Many thanks to¬†Jason Liebig’s Candy & Snacks Flickr set, which is where I found these little confectionary lovelies:

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YUM. I love Clark bars and Zagnut!

And look at these great ads:

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*This post is hopelessly devoted to my beloved Kit Kat:

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French Friday: Little Brown Pen!

For this installment of French Friday, I offer you the musings and beautiful photography of Nichole Robertson, a self-described “Writer with a Paris problem. And a photo¬†problem. And an eclair problem. In fact I am probably indulging in all of the aforementioned problems as you read this.”¬† Her blog, Little Brown Pen, has easily become one of my favorite daily eye-feasts.

Below, I offer you just a few of some of her lovely Parisian photos, highlighting some typically French typography-of-the-streets (umm, I just made that term up, but it’s still awesome).¬†

Here you go:

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French Friday (on Saturday. Again.)

For this, the first installment of French Friday 2009, I thought it appropriate to post some vintage French Christmas and New Year’s images. But not just any old holiday images. No no. I’ve decided to offer you some vintage shots of elegantly lettered/typed, holiday restaurant menus. (*Note: I am now on a handwriting-advocator kick ever since I encountered Anne Trubek’s article, which I freaked out about discussed yesterday on my other blog)

Oh, one more thing before I introduce the images to you: if you haven’t yet eaten dinner, you might wish to wait a bit before checking out the following images. See how I look out for you? You’re welcome.

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(Image above & the “Jour de l’An” menu below found¬†ICI)

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(Image above found ICI)

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And then a couple non-holiday vintage French menus:

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(Image above found ICI)

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(Image above, from the Siege of Paris, found ICI)