douglas wilson

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Build Your Own Letterpress


Want to get into letterpress printing without a huge investment? Try building your own press!

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Travel Photochroms


The Library of Congress has started adding their collection of travel photochrom photographs to their Flickr account. So great!

via Coudal.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

All-American Space Fleet


Skelly Gas company put out a set of cards in the 1950's about the soon-to-true
All-American Space Fleet. I love the imagination of this set and also the "helpful advice" telling children to be safe and never run with sharp objects from the trustworthy oil company...

via Coudal.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Restored Tempo Matador



If I had $110,000 laying around, I would seriously consider buying this beauty. What an amazing truck and what an amazing restoration!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pulp Paperback Diorama Photographs


Thomas Allen constructs dioramas using figures cut from the covers of old pulp paperbacks and then photographs them. Great stuff!

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Grafica Fidalga


Grafica Fidalga, a printing press in São Paulo, Brazil, makes posters on a 1929 German letterpress using hand-carved wooden letters. Seriously awesome!

via CoolHunting.

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East Germany Up Close and Personal


West German photographer Karlheinz Jardner took fascinating photos during a trip through East Germany in the spring of 1990, capturing a world that would soon disappear forever.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Book Colophon Imprints



Aaron again links up a great set of imprint logos from the colophons of old paperback books.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Love is Sweet...


Wow. I wish I had the patience and skill to do something similar to this amazing piece by Julene Harrison.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Cold War Images


A truly strange and interesting set of images and advertisements from the Cold War Era.

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Common Ground


A photographic essay showing farmland turning into suburbia and the connection between the people and the land: Common Ground.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Typographic World Map


I love maps. I love type. This Typographic World Map fulfills both quite nicely.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Nuclear Slide Rules


Such innocuous wheels that neatly compute death and destruction: Nuclear Slide Rules.

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

RIT Design Collections


Rochester Institute of Technology has an amazing collection of design work from the 1950's to the 1980's. I would LOVE to spend a day perusing through it all!

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Airline Logos


Aaron tipped me off to a great collection of airline logos. I especially love the old Air France logo that is above.

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