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Montana Brewery

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 in Antiques, Architecture, History, I want it

What I really love about this one is that you can tell by the telephone pole on frame left and the roofing on frame right that this structure lived well into the 20th century. I want it.

Montana Post Office

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 in Antiques, Architecture, History

Amazing paneled gothic frieze and crenellations on this victorian building.

Vigilantes of the Montana Territory

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 in Advertising, Antiques, graphic design, History, Typography

Umm… AWESOME!!!! (via nytimes via the Grolier Club)

Burglar’s tools

Posted on May 13, 2012 in History, New York, Photography, Tools

This photo comes from the NYC Municipal Archives crime photo collection via the nytimes. The Times caption reads “Set of burglar’s tools, including hat.”

Draplin Design Co. Field Notes Archive

Posted on May 10, 2012 in Antiques, Endless stuff, graphic design, History

Aaron Draplin, designer and manufacturer of today’s ubiquitous “Field Notes” notebooks, shows his collection of antique note books used as corporate marketing tools. Super cool. Via stpl.

Old photos of New York

Posted on May 1, 2012 in Antiques, Architecture, History, New York, Photography

Insanely beautiful and cool early 20th century photos of New York from the NY Municipal Archives were published on The Atlantic website. Check them out.

WPA National Park posters

Posted on May 1, 2012 in graphic design, History, Nature

Ranger Doug painstakingly redrew these WPA posters from old black & white photos and hand silkscreens them in stunning color. Incredible.

Typography of Sanborn NYC maps

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 in Books, Featured, graphic design, History, New York, Typography

Designer Christian Annyas has a post up featuring gorgeous covers from Sanborn insurance map books along with a thorough archive of links to other examples and resources. I’ve drooled over plates like these in the Pratt Library which has stacks of historical insurance map books of the city. Absolutely stunning. Via Khoi Vinh.

How to make a tipi

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 in Architecture, Books, Children, History

I thought it would be fun to someday make a tipi with my son so I went a searching on the web and found these charming illustrations by Ellsworth Jaeger from his 1945 publication, Wildwood Wisdom. Maybe someday I’ll get to it. For now, archived.

Flashback to the eve before brand became king

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 in Branding, Business, History

I was shown this 1985 article from Time Magazine reporting hostile take over bids and forced sales of family companies. The 80s were that last dreamy last era before brand and branding exceeded product quality and customer service in corporate and consumer values. The article is an interesting glimpse into that pivotal time when it all seemed to shift.