Sheaff-ephemera.com is one of my favorite sites on the web. Whether you’re a designer, typographer, or just appreciate beautiful things, this site is a must. You can find collections of printed materials such as vintage photo ad cards to stamps. The Purely Visual gallery is a collection of envelopes, printed tags and more. Most of the items in the collection weren’t meant to be beautiful or small works of art, but are just that. Enjoy and check out the entire Purely Visual gallery here.
Vancouver has a great collection of vintage ads from as far back as 1899. My favorite: “Valentine Meat Globules – Can be swallowed whole.”
Zach Ferguson, Senior Designer at design firm Ptarmak, recently inherited some of his grandfather’s belongings. From the early 40’s to the 60’s his grandfather (Andrew Andros) was an avid Ham radio operator. Part of the items Zach inherited were QSL cards. These cards were exchanged between operators to confirm contact between operators. Check out Zach’s original post of the QSL cards.
Located on rue St-Denis in Montreal, Rio sells shoes, clothing, and accessories targeted to the punk, goth and overall badasses of Canada. Their online store features an impressive collection of cutomized leather jackets (not for sale). Whether you still rock The Damned or always secretly wanted a mohawk and braces, these jackets are worth a look.
You may have some of Jeff Kelinsmith’s work and don’t even know it. Jeff has been the art director (the ONLY art director) at Sub Pop records since 1994. Jeff originally got his start working at The Rocket, and was heavily influenced by the mags design style, as well as such designers as Art Chantry. Kleinsmith is also a founding member of the now defunct BSK Screen Printing; one of Seattle’s original great poster makers. In addition to his gig at Sub Pop, Jeff is a designer and partner at Patent Pending Industries. Check out Jeff’s work here.