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Our May 2013 Vintage Posters Listing is full of wonderful graphics!
Our latest e-catalogue of travel-related ephemera including maps, booklets and posters ranges from an 1862 booklet "The Republic of Uruguay, Monte Video, Geographical, Social, and Political to which is appended, Life in the River Plate, a Manual for Emigrants" to a 1912 cruise line booklet "South America. The Land of Opportunity. A Continent of Scenic Wonders. A Paradise for the Tourist." Striking graphics were liberally employed in these publications to lure denizens of Europe and the United States. Click here if you're interested in some armchair travel to warmer climes with enticing vistas.
To appreciate the fascinating hobby (or addiction!) of map collecting, view the recent article at The Washington Post showing two maps from the extensive Washington DC map collection of Dennis Gurtz. Over the years Dennis has gathered many extraordinary maps of the area from all eras, including items not held in any institution. To demonstrate the breadth of his collection, we've illustrated here an example of the 20th century maps with which oldimprints.com has been able to tempt him!
AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE 1882-1908
A conundrum: what colors should be used in painting a Victorian house? More conundrums: how does one supply water for country dwellings? is an Anglo-Japanese mantel-piece the right choice? or perhaps a zinc roof? The answer to these and other thorny problems can be found in the pages of Carpentry & Building Magazine from the 1880s. (As for the initial conundrum, one should: "paint the cornices, casings, window frames, porches, &c. a medium olive or seal brown; the beads, chamfers, rosettes, &c., to be picked out in dark red; the sash to be painted dark bottle green…” etc.) Click here to see the four years (bound in two volumes) of this fascinating illustrated magazine that we have in stock: 1882-1883 and 1884-1885.
Public Baths and Railway Stations, Apartment Buildings and Hospitals, Hotels, Schools, Office Towers, Private Homes, Churches and Armories — all of these are featured in the turn of the 20th century journal The Brickbuilder. The monthly magazine offers a fascinating array of illustrated articles covering designs for domestic, religious, civic and commercial buildings—all of them united in the concept: “Architecture in Materials of Clay”— (with a decided bias for terra cotta). Monthly numbers from 1904 through 1908 provide insight into intriguing aspects of early 20th century architecture and the decorative embellishments that distinguish it. See issues from 1905 to 1908 here.