I recently picked up a whole bunch of very cool 50/60s matchbook labels from East Europe.
Even though it was painstakingly boring, I've uploaded the best of them (about 90 in total) to flickr. I've posted a few select images below and for anyone who is interested, here's the link to the rest of the gallery:
b/w design... lots of changes had to be made... the first version was too faint and most of the detail was lost.
Anyways, I was feeling pretty inspired by the simplicity and limited colours on these and had a bash at doing some 2 colour photocopying with an old analog copier I picked up for all of £1.70 on ebay ( I outbid the other bidder by a whole 20p)
It's a very basic and pretty tempromental machine, but you can get different colour cartridges which you can swap the black one for.
I hear you can go to fancy copy shops to do this, but I've only seen full colour copiers...
The nice thing about working with photocopiers is that allows you not to be too precious and enjoy the "rough and ready" way your work comes out... which is a good exercise for me.
While I'd like to say it was a breeze, the prep time is massive due to the large element of trial and error involved... particulary when it comes to working in half tone and trying to work out the registration...
and my copier wins no prizes for speed.
Looking at it now, theres lots of things I'd do differently... but over I'm quite pleased... and I'm managed to recycle a whole lot of old manilla folders.
'Oh Great, here comes Linzie with lots more old crap to share'
I don't really collect old postcards, but I do seem to have bought a hell of a lot of them. They are just one of those things that easy to find and cheap to buy. I like the randomness of what you can find, and though it makes me feel a little bit sad/guilty the best ones are the ones that have actually been sent and show you a glimpse into someone life.
I've twice been to a local charity shop and picked up a stack of these 50s postcards... They were so cheap and the temptation was too great...
The one on the right is a favourite... I love the composition, and how wish I was that chic...
Some more recent acquisitions to the Hunter Postcard Collection
To be honest though, when I was about 10 I used to collect victorian birthday postcards which I hoping to hunt down when I go home over the holidays. When other girls were spending their pocket money on My Little Pony, I used to spend the weekend with my parents staking out flea markets and antique stalls... It will be interesting to find my old collection and see what I considered cool then... I seem to recall I really liked the embroidered ones (oh dear!) from the turn of the century and would turn my nose up at anything post 1930...
Happy New Years 1931
I like this Notre Dame one... and it got a really nice matt finish... and even my beginners french is good enough to understand it
Adam Ant hasn't got a look in
This little fellow cracks me up!
But I have no idea whats going on in this one...anyone? Answers on a postcard please.. boom boom. Man, I'm in the wrong business...
So, OK, I have just posted a whole load of stuff that I collect, but hell at least I feel it has a purpose now!
Dad and the kids. Wheres the wife? Don't worry, shes at home making fondue.
While I appreciate that the 70s was the decade that gave us many great things (Abba, Platforms, Space hoppers, Wonder Woman... and me) when it comes to collecting old childrens books, I sort of lose interest after 1969.
However, when I found this book the other day in a local charity shop, it was so truly awful I just had to have it. It's so bad, it's good!
By Ingeborg Westermeiner & Stefan Lemke (illustrator) 1973, Brockhampton Press
There she is! What a corker. (nice back endpaper)
Front endpaper ....very Yellow Submarine
Theres a lot of technical illos like this in this kids book... I could probably have done with this when I was learning to drive!