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.