Tonight as I was thumbing through one of my coveted antique books for typography inspiration, I found the most amazing little treasures within its pages.
Notes of wildflower sightings from the summer of 1902 & 3. AND an actual columbine flower that had been carefully pressed between the pages of its correct spread. This flower was picked, recorded, and placed in this book over 100 years ago. Such a treasure. (Gulp)
I found this cookbook at an antique market in Rhinebeck, New York. The epitome of cheerful and charming, it was illustrated by Vee Guthrie and published by Peter Pauper press in 1951. Each section is preceded with a full page illustration by the artist. The colors, the type, the folky style, such a little treasure!
I just scored a new work table — found roadside with a big, cardboard “FREE” sign on it. It’s a perfect addition to my home office.
Over the past few months, Silvie and I have been spending our mornings in the toddler’s section of the Westport Library. It’s an amazing place; they host free programs for kids of all ages, and they also have really great toddler play areas. While my daughter entertains herself and discovers new-found friends; I sit aside and thumb through some of the artful, inspiring books that surround us.
Recently I discovered the work of Lois Ehlert, a wonderful artist, author and illustrator. I find her books to be witty and wise, and wonderfully associated with nature.
From one of my MOST favorite specimens of typography (ever); an antique French printed road map. I melt every time I look at this thing of beauty. These scans are from a promotional insert within the map folder. I will include images of the map in a future posting. Slurp it up, typography lovers.
I accidentally caused a smallish (harmless) flood in our basement last week. While mopping up, I noticed a handful of little packaging treasures on the shelf. Old items left behind by the different generations that have inhabited our house since it was built in 1940. Simple type + graphics + illustration. Pre-computer, pre-photoshop. Stuff like this makes me happy.