Wednesday, April 30, 2014
I was fortunate enough to see her show at Deitch project a few years back, Tauba Auerbach is a contemporary artist, though she no longer does as much typographic based work. Check her out here.
I post a collection of these about once a year, but the Sanborn insurance maps for north american cities are just that good. typography from the 1890's to 1920's, every city had one, go look for yours at your local library reference desk.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Below is all imagery I could find throughout the internet on a clothing company making shirts, slacks, and ties, Botany Mills. Opened 1887 in Passaic, New Jersey, and site of the 1926 Passaic Textile Strike along with other woolen mills in the area. The company barely survived the great depression, then was bought in 1954 by Daroff and Sons. I can't find any information about the advertising company associated, but the work is great. The company also hired Otto Messmer (originator of Felix the cat) to make animated TV commercials with the Botany Lamb character. From what I have found it looks to be the very first American animated commercial advertisement in 1941 broadcast to less that 5000 television sets. If anyone has more information, I left a few links in the comments section, please add to it.
Vintage Advertising from American magazines, looks like 1930's through 1950's based off the style. More on Vistascope.