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
Lovely cover images from the Spanish magazine Blanco y Negro, published in the 1920s and 30s. Found courtesy of the beautiful Art Deco blog.
Posted in art, clothing, Design & Paper, Type, Vintage
Tagged 1920s, art, Art Deco, Blanco y Negro, clothing, Design & Paper, dresses, flappers, hats, Jazz Age, magazine covers, magazines, Spanish, Type, Vintage, women
ow did I not know about The Ward-o-Matic until now?!? I just discovered JunkCulture, too (see their button in my right column). Whenever a mind-blowing discovery such as these two occur, I feel shaken (not stirred) to the core and kind of like, “How did my life exist prior to knowing this?!” That’s exactly how I feel about stumbling upon illustrator (and retro-connoisseur) Ward Jenkins’ blog and website. AND he’s the husband of HulaSeventy?!? WTF?!? How am I so out of the loop?!? What the hell have I been doing with myself?!?
Anyway, thanks to The Ward-o-Matic, I found these little gems: images of Antonio Frasconi‘s illustrations from the children’s book See and Say: A Picture Book in Four Languages (1955). You’re welcome.
More illustrations and a lovely feature on Antonio Frasconi and See and Say (his first book!) on The Ward-o-Matic HERE.
(ps: Obsessed like me? Follow the Ward-ster on Twitter HERE)
Posted in art, Design & Paper, French, literature, Type, Vintage
Tagged animals, Antonio Frasconi, art, books, children, Design & Paper, drawing, English, French, HulaSeventy, illustration, Italian, JunkCulture, kids, numbers, retro, See and Say, Spanish, travel, Type, Vintage, Ward Jenkins, Ward-o-Matic, weather
Posted in Design & Paper, French, Throwback Thursday, Type, Vintage
Tagged airplane, Apartment Therapy, Chinese, Design & Paper, do not disturb, door hangers, foreign languages, French, German, Greek, hotel, international, Michael Lebowitz, Spanish, Type, Vintage