illustration art from old ads - old Hollywood - old music - old fashions - vintage baseball - history - random ephemera
Maeve Brennan, professional shopper/writer for Harper’s Bazaar magazine. From LIFE, 1945.
Packard, 1940. The color of that thing, if I may paraphrase from P.G. Wodehouse, could open an oyster at sixty paces.
Detail from an advertisement for Spred Satin paint, 1955. Maybe this was the color scheme in the Ricardos’ apartment. I love how the height and angle of the TV is entirely incompatible with someone actually sitting down to watch a program.
Williams shaving products, 1948.
They could have just photographed the products, but instead they hired a talented illustrator to lovingly capture them with paint and brush. I can almost feel the metal tube in my hand, and am astonished at how beautifully the light is rendered on the bottle. And the typefaces, particularly on “Glider”… so simple and lovely.