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Bookish Business Card Designs

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Happy Book Lovers’ Day, lit fiends! If you’re looking for an excuse to blow off your responsibilities, this is it. While you’re getting lost in a good book — preferably in bed — keep the bookish theme of your day going by browsing a few business card designs inspired by, well, books. We like to think that book nerds are more clever than the average human. So, get creative with your schmoozing, and try one of these literary designs for yourself.
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The Nostalgic, Vibrant World of Advertising Mascots

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Most of us have fond memories from our childhood about the advertising mascots splashed across the boxes and packaging of our favorite cereals, toys, and more. Pop culture historian Warren Dotz has researched and collected those offbeat characters and brand icons in two beautiful books, the new Mr. Product: The Graphic Art of Advertising’s Magnificent Mascots 1960–1985 and the recently re-published Meet Mr. Product: The Art of the Advertising Character.
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Vintage Photos of Patriotic July 4th Pinups

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Nothing says the birth of the United States as an independent nation like vintage bathing beauties posing with oversized phalluses firecrackers. Happy July 4th, America! We’re celebrating with a slice of cheesecake from these historical hotties — including a few famous names like Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, and Ava Gardner. These beachy pinups, adored by G.I.s during wartime, are sure to put you in a patriotic mood.
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Postcard-Perfect Paintings of Fashionable Vintage Women

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It would be easy to mistake the paintings of James Rieck for photos from the new season of Mad Men (wishful thinking), but the Maryland/DC-area artist, who we spotted on Fubiz, simply has an affinity for all things vintage and feminine. Combining his past as a muralist, the vintage fashions found in old advertisements, and picture-perfect nature backdrops, Rieck’s hyper-stylized paintings are total eye candy. The poses and mixed colorful separates are all catalogue model, while the backgrounds are all ‘60s postcard. The artist elevates the humor by cropping the women just slightly above their lipstick-slick grins, which calls attention to the cheesy poses and scenarios. And if you’re a fashion bug, Rieck’s picks will delight. Shout out granny panties.
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Whimsical Vintage European Circus Poster Art

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Englishman Philip Astley is credited with inventing the modern circus, but the art form and entertainment spectacle dates back to ancient times where trained beasts and chariot races brought audiences to a roar. These boldly colored vintage posters of circus acts from the 19th and early 20th centuries show how the circus evolved on European shores. The images come from the Circus Museum in the Netherlands — we first spotted them on Juxtapoz — and they feature whimsical characters and eye-catching designs.
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Vintage Torch Songs for Your Summer Crush

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Today marks the birthday of the “Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald. Famous for her silky voice and successful jazz standards, Fitzgerald knew how to bring tears to audiences’ eyes with her achingly beautiful renditions of popular torch songs. In honor of the Queen of Jazz, we’ve rounded up other weep-worthy, sentimental ballads from the 1920s that sing of lost love and other romantic dilemmas we can all relate to. Turn to these tunes while you’re busy crushing on that someone special from afar or licking your wounds following a summer fling.
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Old-Timey Portraits of Celebrities Captured With a Vintage Camera

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“We live in an age of glossy magazines and overly retouched skin. But there is no lying with tintypes. You can’t get rid of a few wrinkles in Photoshop,” says photographer Victoria Will. The artist captured celebrities at this year’s Sundance Film Festival using the old-timey tintype technique that hails from the 19th century. Back then, photos needed eight minutes to develop, which left sitters struggling through the ultra-long exposure time. To aid the process during the festival, Will used modern flash heads with a powerful light to speed up the process. Here are rarely seen portraits of celebrities, wrinkles and all, with a great old-fashioned feeling.
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25 Beautiful Vintage Beverly Cleary Book Covers

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Beverly Cleary book covers are classics. Often, there was nothing more exciting than getting a new Cleary book and seeing what kind of young adult dramas were playing out on the page, lovingly illustrated by artists like Louis Darling and Alan Tiegreen. The Newbery Medal-winning author celebrates her 99th birthday today. We’re honoring Cleary’s memorable characters — Ramona Quimby, Beezus, Ralph S. Mouse, and friends — with a look back at some of the best vintage book covers created for Cleary’s honest, heartfelt stories.
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The Best Eye-Popping Office Designs of the 1970s

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The 1970s are often remembered for a garish palette, but it was a decade of great change — especially in terms of design. With the last season of Mad Men premiering tomorrow, set during the start of the 1970s, we have office design on the brain. “Office design in the 1960s and 1970s actually became more humanistic, with greater concern for the ability of the individual worker to have some freedom in the design and specification of his or her work area,” state the authors of Designing Commercial Interiors. Ergonomic designs were an essential part of the ’70s office environment. Many companies started recycling efforts and championed sustainable building design as a response to the ongoing energy crises. Experimental furniture, high-tech materials, and eye-popping colors were all the rage. We’ve highlighted some of the finest office designs from the ‘70s, which tease a look at Mad Men’s updated digs, below.
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