Gil Elvgren's Vintage Pin-Ups

Juxtapoz // Monday, August 31, 2015
Gil Elvgren is regarded as one of the best pin-up artists in the history of American Illustration. From the mid 1930's through 1972, Elvgren produced over five hundred paintings of beautiful girls and women. Almost all of these works are oil on canvas, and fully developed finished works of art. Elvgren continually surpassed himself, always improving in ideas, composition, color, and technique.

Baroque Typeforms from the 1600s

Illustration // Monday, August 31, 2015
These gorgeously ornate letterforms were designed in the mid-1600s by the Polish goldsmith, Jan Christian Bierpfaff in the 1600's. He apprenticed with the Mackensen family of metalworkers in Cracow who introduced the Dutch auricular style of ornament into the Polish gold and silver workshops.

DIA-Commissioned Artist's Renderings of Soviet Weaponry

Illustration // Monday, August 31, 2015
During the Cold War, the DIA commissioned artists to illustrate accurate portrayal of Soviet military systems to accompany official briefings. The collection contains more than 1000 paintings and drawings completed between 1965 and 1989. Computer-generated graphics would replace this type of illustrated art in the late 80s.

Frank Rudolph Paul's Life on Other Planets 1936-39

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 13, 2015
Frank Rudolph Paul was an American science ficiton illustrator of pulp magazines influential in defining what both cover art and interior illustrations in the nascent science fiction pulps of the 1920s looked like. Paul can be credited with the first color painting of a space station and illustrated H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds for Amazing Stories magazine, the first magazine dedicated to science fiction...

Notorious Criminals: A Snapshot of Sinister Sydney

Photography // Thursday, June 04, 2015
Sydney’s first European settlers were criminals – not an auspicious start – and the city has maintained its reputation for breeding some of the world’s hardest, most malevolent and cunning crooks. From surreptitious poisoners, smoothing their victim’s brow while holding a poisoned cup to their mouth, through to low-lifes who would kill you for the coat on your back, this city has seen them all....

Vintage Erotic Postcards from the Early 20th Century

Erotica // Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Before you could send nudie pics through your smart watch there were other admittedly way more PG-13 ways to let someone know you were "thinking" about them. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, there were erotic postcards that, due to their origin, came to be known informally as "French Postcards" in the US. However, they were illegal to send via mail so you could only find them in certain "discreet" stores and street traders.

Snapshots of Famous Artists at Play

Photography // Wednesday, May 13, 2015
A new book, Artists Unframed, features more than 100 images from the Smithsonian archives of artists at work and play. The Guardian recently compiled a slection of those that focus on moments in the personal lives of artists, snapshots of famous artists not in the studio, not in a museum, but on their own time. 

Vintage Film Posters From The Golden Age of XXX

Erotica // Thursday, May 07, 2015
While obviously the content of these posters is unapologetically dirty, not to mention the films themselves, we have to say, the design on some of them are fantastic. From back in the day when people used to visit theaters to watch XXX movies, these vintage posters celebrate "the timeless cool and lurid delights of the most exciting, entertaining Pop Art-form of the late 1900s—the exploitation movie posters... 

Adult Movie Posters of the 60s and 70s

Erotica // Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Before home video brought pornography into living rooms in the 1980s, adult films were projected to audiences in theaters and even reviewed by Variety and The New York Times. Films were often made under threat of legal action and for every big-budge film, "there were smaller films made in motel rooms with ookers or women who hated it...Just because it's old doesn't mean it's classic. Here are a collection of posters from that era of adult film...

Vintage Vogue Covers

Design // Wednesday, February 11, 2015
These vintage illustrated Vogue magazine covers caught our eye, making it hard to believe that this is the magazine you see in the grocery store today. The typefaces and illustrated figures are fascinating blasts from the past taking us to the fashion and design of the early twentieth century. The simple, hand-illustrated design is something that has become a thing of the past and a visual treat to enjoy.
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