Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Vinspiration: Vintage ice cream posters

A few years ago, I found a batch of four almost-mint-condition ice cream posters on eBay and bought them. Now, years later, I finally decided to scan them on my mongo art scanner so they are preserved digitally just in case something happens to them physically.

I love the posters' large size of 13-inches by 20-inches. I don't know if they ever hung in an ice cream parlor as was their intended purpose or if they stayed packed away in a storeroom for decades. I like to think that they hung on the wall of an ice cream parlor to entice customers to try luscious rare flavors like black walnut. 

I was once asked if it was hard to have giant posters of ice cream hanging on my walls—wasn't I tempted to constantly eat ice cream they asked. My answer was no. I have to admit that I've always seen dessert foods as art with their decadent colors, textures. and shapes. And with vintage images laden with reds as in the poster above, I am more distracted by the vibrance of the color than by the ice cream... that and the great typefaces used.

Yes, I am an odd one.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Vinspiration: Vintage Breck Girl Advertisements

Vintage + Inspiration = "Vinspiration"

Some things in my clipping file have been there a long time. These vintage Breck Girl ads are among the first things I put in my clipping file that I started when I was about 10 years old. Somehow, I managed to get my hands on a vintage magazine at that age (I've always been a bloodhound when it comes to finding vintage paper ephemera). I fell in love with the technique used to illustrate the Breck Girls. It is such a lost art.

Breck Girl ad 1957
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Breck Girl ad 1959
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Breck Girl ad 1960
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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Vinspiration: Vintage Gold Medal Enriched Flour Advertisement (with recipe transcription)

Vintage + Inspiration = "Vinspiration"

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Transcription of the Cooky Sundae Pie Recipe in the advertisement

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1/4 cup sifted confectioners'sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sifted Gold Medal flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 quart ice cream

Instructions:
  1. Mix butter, sugar and vanilla thoroughly
  2. Sift flour and salt together
  3. Add butter mixture and blend
  4. Chill 30 to 45 minutes
  5. Heat oven to 400°F (moderately hot)
  6. Pat dough evenly into ungreased 9-inch pie pan
  7. Flute edge
  8. Prick
  9. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned
  10. Cool
  11. Just before serving, fill with ice cream and top as desired
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Friday, July 31, 2015

Vinspiration: Vintage Hawaiian leaf snack set box

Vintage + Inspiration = "Vinspiration"

I grew up with my mom's glass set of snack plates and teacups, but it wasn't until a few years ago that I found a set of my own that came in the original packaging.

Of course I was in love with the pink and turquoise printing ink from the get-go, but I was a goner over the artful lettering of the words "Hawaiian leaf". Every time I look at this box, the lettering draws my eyes in and makes me stare at it a while. I SO wish one of my font designer colleagues at CreativeMarket.com would design an entire digital font inspired by this packaging.

I have a little confession to make... I think I love the box more than the glass snack set inside.



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Vinspiration: Vintage Kordite freezer box

Vintage + Inspiration = "Vinspiration"

I acquired this seemingly unused box at one of the local antique shops. The colors, typography, and illustration style all captured my attention. It came home to live with me as an inspiration piece.



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