Sunday, April 5, 2009

Today's Inspiration: Book of Specimens

I keep flipping through Harpel's typograph and more and more I'm wishing for a time travel machine.... Wouldn't you agree that silly simple things like choosing a painter, visiting the stationer, buying hankies - even writing checks looked oh so glamorous?!!??

Harpel's typograph

Harpel's typograph

Harpel's typograph

Harpel's typograph

Harpel's typograph

Harpel's typograph

Harpel's typograph

Harpel's typograph

Harpel's typograph

Harpel's typograph

Harpel's typograph

Harpel's typograph

Harpel's typograph

Harpel's typograph

Harpel's typograph

Harpel's typograph

Harpel's typograph

Harpel's typograph

Harpel's typograph

Harpel's typograph

24 comments:

nice-etc said...

lovely indeed!

Suzy said...

Beautiful! Makes me so sad for the business cards of today. Pauline Thompson's simple bow print absolutely slays me. Thank you for bringing these to my attention!

leila wylie said...

These images are great! I love that bow letterhead

chelsea said...

wow! these are all in incredibly inspiring. thank you!!

Frances Baker said...

These are so lovely, I just get the impression that there was so much more effort/ceremony going into these simple, everyday things back then!

megan said...

These are gorgeous! I do love old typography but I really wish for a time machine when I see old fashion magazines. . . especially the ads! All of those gorgeous dresses for like $4.95. Sigh....

Meaghan Kelly said...

oh wow I really coulnd't agree more! these are wonderful inspiration! the pauline thompson business card is absolutely myfavourite by far!
thanks effffieeee!

Martini said...

wow, these are great. thanks for sharing.

Cassiopeia said...

oh wow... that's so so so kwl!

xxxc

http://clothestohealabrokenheart.blogspot.com/

wecouldgrowup2gether said...

these are mesmerizing!

sarah said...

i'm overwhelmed with all that glorious typography! i love that there are a good number of different fonts per page...
xo s

Theresa said...

Wonderful. Now I'm going to spend the next hour looking over these. :)

Jolie Morgan Musick said...

I want to print these and use them as labels for things!

Angeliska said...

Oh, looking at these just makes me feel good! Cream stout for invalids! Mmm.. The colors are so fresh!
I love the heavy, pointed gothic font for fresh tomatoes- what a juxtaposition. Typography makes my heart swell and beat faster.

jessica said...

each and every one of these is breakin' my heart! i'm workin' on a new logo (and treats) for growin'up and these are definitely inspiring me.

can i come and visit you at work one day? sounds so dreamy.

Bianca and Isabella said...

wish i had these in my room.

xx
the crumpet girls
http://crumpetsandt.blogspot.com

Adrienne said...

So fancy! It's the little touches of care that go into everyday things that make the era, I think.
Would it be ok if I added your blog to my blogroll?

Ashley L. said...

SUCH beautiful typography. Great post!

nath said...

What loveliness! I particularly like the Fine Confectioners of 64 Walnut Street. I do like an evocative address, there's a Dark Lane near me which also fits the bill.

And hello, it's my first visit, I come to you via Linneas Vintage blog by way of Liebemarlene Vintage. So, nice to meet you, I'm off for an explore...

[Tara] said...

What gorgeous fonts they used!

skinnyGLASSESgirl said...

The typography is so, so pretty!!

Maggie May said...

Charming each and every one!

jessica said...

Sooo perfect and gorgeous and all things lovely!!!!! I wish everything still looked like this today...I think life would be that much lovelier! Ooh, imagine signing checks that looked as nice as these? That would be the best!! I can't even pick a favorite! They're all so wonderful!

xx

Nadinoo said...

Really sweet, I wish fonts and typefaces were that exciting these days..

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