A few years ago, I was given a collection of travel brochures that had been collected in the 1940s and 1950s by a child who sent for information from each of the 50 United States' travel bureaus. Many of the brochures were still in the envelopes they were originally sent in and were in pristine condition for their age. Of course I was immediately drawn to the graphics on each of them. They were wonderful!
One particular brochure became an instant favorite of mine. It was the brochure encouraging business and tourism travel to New York City. Here's what the original looks like:
Each of those little vignette illustrations is less than an inch high. The details weren't even visible to the naked eye until I scanned it at 600 dpi and enlarged it. Then I realized what precious illustrations they truly were! They are little snapshots of a time gone by in the "Big Apple". I had to figure out how to digitally restore them some how.
It took me several years to finally complete the task of digital restoration to my own liking. Several attempts throughout those years yielded mediocre results that I wasn't completely happy with. It finally took a combination of the Photoshop and the latest version of Adobe Illustrator CC to achieve what I had wanted—clean-edged vector art with transparent backgrounds that could be easily used by other digital creatives.
I've made them available for purchase in my newly released set "1940s Hospitality and Tourism Art". But not included in the set is the hotel key graphic from the front of the brochure. I'm only making that available here... for free.
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If you want the above hotel key in PNG file format with a transparent background so it can be easily placed into a digital file, send me an email via my contact button (in my About page) and I'll send it to you.