Vintage Posters by Kazumasa Nagai

Design // Thursday, December 04, 2014
Kazumasa Nagai, a graphic designer born in 1929, is recognized and celebrated throughout the world for his computer based and very colorful designs. Recently a large exhibition was held featuring an impressive 475 posters that Nagai has created over his 57-year career.

Thanksgiving as a Vintage Affair

Illustration // Thursday, November 27, 2014
Every year, we like to touch on America's national holiday of "thanks" that really stems from the feast held in the autumn of 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag to celebrate the colony's first successful harvest. What a better way to celebrate than with some gorgeously decorative and embellished illustrated vintage greeting cards. A yearly look at nostalgic Thanksgiving art... 

Science and Technology Ads from the 50s and 60s

Design // Thursday, August 07, 2014
Somebody on Flickr has put together this random assortment of advertisements collected from various science and technology magaiznes from the 50s and 60s. Much of the work has only been credited to its advertising agency so let them know if you have anymore information about the designers and artists.

Vintage Japanese Movie Posters

Design // Wednesday, June 11, 2014
We love browsing through old movie posters, especially foreign ones. This is a few of our favorites from a recent 50watts post on vintage Japanese movie posters...

We Dream of Cars That Will Fly and Float

Design // Monday, May 12, 2014
The automobile has evolved from curiosity to daily necessity. Its form has advanced from the horseless carriages of the early twentieth century to the sleek, highly functional objects we know today. The experimental, concept, or “dream car,” as it became known in the early 1950s...

The Five Stages of Inebriation

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 12, 2014
These staged studio photographs depicting the five stages of inebriation are thought to be comissioned by a temperance group for educative purposes or to be used by an engraver for illustrations. In 1866, the Premier of New South Wales, James Martin introduced the "Drunkard's Punishment Bill."

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

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 09, 2014
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...  

Vintage French Movie Posters (1927-1981)

Design // Friday, April 25, 2014
We like to check in with our friends over at 50watts from time to time and are always excited when they post new stuff! The latest is a collection of vintage French movie posters from 1927 to 1981, reproductions from expired auction listings at ha.com (heritage auction).

Grotesque Mask Heads, circa 1555

Juxtapoz // Monday, April 21, 2014
"These most fabulous grotesque masks come from a suite of about twenty-two prints designed by Cornelis Floris, engraved by Frans Huys and published in Antwerp in 1555 by Hans Liefrinck." That is not an address, that is the year 1555. 

Vintage Soft Core Wknd

Erotica // Saturday, April 12, 2014
We came across a great selection of vintage soft-core just in time for you to start digging through your crates of records and enjoy some weekend festivities. Its incredible how much has changed in the past 50 years, trends in erotica, grooming and fashion...
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