Vintage Post Cards From The Darkside

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I picked these up a few weeks ago at an estate sale. I actually picked up a giant stack of post cards for not much. These were definitely ones that stood out. These Ripley Believe It or Not post cards are from the New York City Odditorium in Times Square. I can remember being a kid watching Ripley’s Believe It Or Not with Jack Palance. That, was a great show!

  My guess is that they are from the 60’s or maybe a bit earlier since the entrance fee was only 50 cents. To my surprise, the Odditorium is still in New York City, Times Square. I think I might need to make a trip soon! http://www.ripleysnewyork.com/index.cfm

Graphically Simple: 1960s Travel posters by Christopher Hill

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Christopher Hill was a British Artist, who designed this fantastic collection of 4 x Coach Travel posters. The posters were commissioned by British Transport in 1962 & were designed for and published by the Omnibus Company. Christopher Hill went on to design posters for London Transport between 1964 -1967.

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Vintage National Park Travel Posters

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For more, check out the Ranger Doug website – http://rangerdoug.com

And Miles To Go

Between 1935 and 1943, the WPA’s Federal Art Project produced 14 National Park posters to stir people’s interest in the park system and the beautiful places within their borders. These awesome antique posters have been restored by a company/dude named “Ranger Doug” and are on sale the reasonable price of $40. Not bad for a piece of history.

I found these posters online recently and think they’re really cool. I’d love to frame 3 or 4 and hang them in my office or something. Here are some of my favorites (all places that I’ve been lucky enough to visit):

For more, check out the Ranger Doug website – http://rangerdoug.com.

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See Spot

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This is a great student project I came upon the other day on designworklife.com. (A great inspiration site by the way) What great imagination. Katey Mangels created a fantastic fictional world that combines the old with the new. I prefer vintage, but sometimes “retro” is quite satisfying.

Make sure you check out the rest of Katey’s work on her website

http://kateymangelsdesign.com/Phantom-Calls.

Great Design Is In The Details

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I have been collecting old cameras for a little while now and one of the things that I like the best is the incredible detail of these vintage beauties. Clearly it took a lot time to develop these cameras to take beautiful pictures, and to look beautiful as well. I thought about describing each camera in detail, but instead I will let the details speak for themselves. Enjoy!

Dusty Sounds From The Attic

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I was digging around my mother’s-in-law attic the other day and I found something that neither of us expected to see. She had told me that she had a record player stand up in the attic her dad had made, but had totally forgotten that she also had a beautiful 1950’s RCA Victor Victrola hidden upstairs. I looked once, I looked twice. I could not believe that this fantastic piece had been tucked away up there all this time

So, as kind as my mother-in-law is, she allowed me to haul it down & take it home. As soon I could, I dusted it off & plugged it in. After a few tense moments of silence, that glorious low hum began to radiate from that beautiful old box. It certainly needs a bit of work, but it plays beautifully.

(amazing detail in the label)

(I love the dusty details)

(How awesome is this? “Tone of the Golden Throat”)

One of the things that I appreciate the most about the way they used to make things, was the attention to detail. The fact that they thought to put the RCA logo on the fuses, is just incredible!

From my limited research, I believe what I have here is a 1953 or 54 RCA 3HES5 Victor Victrola

The Old & The New

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Sometimes I really enjoy vintage items in modern form. This Christmas I received a throwback ATARI game system. Reliving my 80’s youth in a modern system. Love it!

I found these awesome posters the other day & what a great example of the old & the new. PJ Tierney created these fantastic posters for this years Formula 1 Grand Prix events. Here are a few of my favorites. Check out the link below to see all of them

http://www.fubiz.net/2011/04/01/f1-posters/

Warm Memories From Christmas Past

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I found these a while back & I have trying to decide what to do with them. So simple, so clean and the colors are still brilliant. It’s amazing how well these have held up. My guess is would have to be late 50’s early 60’s. Reminds me of a simpler time. With the world speeding by as fast as it is, I will let these speak for themselves. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas.

Beauty is in the Eye of the Camera Holder

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(I have quickly found myself with a nice little collection of old cameras. Here are my latest finds. Not only are these cool cameras because of there overall look, but the design of the details it what makes these really stand out

This was a great find that I dug out of an old bag of cameras my Aunt gave me. Never been used. Take a look. It’s awesome!

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Even the booklet was untouched!