Do you ever feel like your self-indulgent tendencies often plunge you into a dark and strange world of non-social music listening? You know it’s happening when you constantly find yourself, headphones fixed nicely, listening to a range of usually not so socially acceptable tunes. Maybe it’s Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Shania Twain or a continuous […]
Every piece in the jewelry line from Gwendelicious Designs pairs vintage odds and ends with a nod to the new. A skeleton key becomes an adjustable ring, reproduced in jewelers bronze to wrap your finger. An original letterpress key gets a polish, a chain, and morphs seamlessly into a pendant. Everyday goodies with a bit […]
Samy Sfoggia is a visual artist who shoots with film cameras and primarily with black and white negative film. Her work refers to criminal mugshots of the 20s and have a distinct vintage atmosphere.
John Foster has been creating the weekly posts called Accidental Mysteries for the Design Observer since 2010, self-described as an ‘online curiosity shop of extraordinary things, mined from the depths of the online world’. As a design professional and collector himself, Foster has an intuitive sense for putting together each themed group of images, on […]
The Drill Pop Blog is a sneak peek into the strange world of yesteryear Asia. These enticing images bring new meaning to déjà vu. It’s as if you’ve seen them all before but your memories went through a black hole and returned more interesting. If it were possible, I would replace my entire memory bank with these obscure […]
Magpie is a custom fashion boutique tucked away in Toronto’s Queen West district. The styles are out there, yet comforting, like Prince himself. What’s nice is we can now die happily knowing that Prince is actually a real human being that shops for clothes like the rest of us. It’s good to know that the shirt you […]
These ads are real. Shocking, I know. If you think advertising today is insensitive and racist, just get an eyeful of the way things used to be. Who said things used to be morally better? Because the way I see it, society isn’t quite this blatantly racist anymore. It looks like we’ve advanced just a little bit […]
During the turn of the 19th century, China was home to a lovely clash of East-meets-West culture. And lucky for us, Louis-Philippe Messelier, a French wool trader turned photojournalist, was there to capture the energy of the period in this series of black and white photos. Anything from unusual street performers, pristine countryside, film studios, […]
The Brew Sherpa is an awesome site we came across a while back. They sell vintage beer cans and will positively be ‘Your guide on the mountains of beer knowledge’, as they say. The Brew Sherpa is a site that will teach you about the best beer on the planet. We promise.
This “innovative” attempt at reducing fatigue on long flights was the future of flight back in 1949. The design was meant to help air force pilots withstand the stress of a strong gravitational pull which would minimize blackouts. The caption of the photograph reads: ‘United States Air Force pilots are finding it much safer and […]
According to these illustrations, we should all have a personal flying machine by now. Take a step back in time and see what society was expecting life to be like by the year 2000. Each vintage image is a time capsule of thought and culture that flavors each prediction with Victorian fashion. Some of these […]
What says ‘Peace on Earth’ better than a photo of Darth Vader releasing a white dove into space? For the past 40 years, Lucasfilm Christmas cards have been spreading holiday cheer like no other greeting cards can. These quirky Christmas cards are the perfect remedy for a tired, cliched tradition. It’s never too early to […]
I found Neil Krug by accident when searching for images on Google to use for one of my mixtapes. He was recently in the desert hanging with supermodel Joni Harbeck making PULP, a book of photos paying homage to retro/vintage posters. There is this visually enchanting way he takes photographs and I’ve no idea how […]
Nostalgia is a disease. But what a lovely disease. The Illustration As It Used To Be… Tumblr has a charming archive of timeless, classical illustrations. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anything trying to be edgy here… isn’t that a relief?
I always love a good series of vintage colour photographs to swoon over and this series doesn’t disappoint. The shots of 1914 Paris show everything from Moulin Rouge to one legged men and horses – all in beautiful, rich colour. I want more!