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Whimsical Vintage European Circus Poster Art

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. … Read More

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Vintage Torch Songs for Your Summer Crush

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. … Read More

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Old-Timey Portraits of Celebrities Captured With a Vintage Camera

“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. … Read More

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25 Beautiful Vintage Beverly Cleary Book Covers

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. … Read More

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The Best Eye-Popping Office Designs of the 1970s

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. … Read More

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13 Absurd and Design-Savvy Vintage Employee Handbooks

Today’s employee manuals just can’t compare to the handbooks of yesterday, with their quaint rules and vintage designs. Corporate rulemakers like Disney and Playboy asked a lot of their employees in order to maintain a strict order and image-focused facade that launched each organization to the top of the pop culture charts. See what the manuals for stewardess, amusement park attendant, and Playboy bunny required in this collection of vintage employee handbooks. … Read More

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Photorealistic Paintings Give Vintage Photos a Cultural Makeover

David Lyle is a cultural archaeologist, digging through thrift store bins, online auctions, and flea market photo stacks for the perfect subjects. The New York City-based artist, whose work we discovered on Design you Trust, reimagines lost snapshots from the ‘50s through ‘70s in his oil paintings, adding modern details that mock, celebrate, and comment on American nostalgia. Most of his transformations are naturalistic and seamless, which presents an uncanny meeting of the past and present. … Read More

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Vintage Photos of Enviable Partygoers

Now that we’ve entered the dead of winter, the cold weather and snow are great excuses to throw a little party (you know, like in the new season of Girls). This week, we were crushing hard on some vintage photos of a wild Halloween shindig in 1964, spotted on Dangerous Minds (featured below). The costumes, revelry, and apparent furniture glued to the ceiling (is that a dead body?) really set the mood. We went searching for some party inspiration and gathered these photos of vintage blowouts that we wish we could have attended. … Read More

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The Weirdest Advice from Vintage Lit

Acclaimed Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami can now add “advice columnist” to his list of credentials. As we mentioned earlier this week, Murakami is launching an advice column on a new website called “Mr. Murakami’s Place” (“Murakami-san no tokoro” in Japanese). The news inspires visions of an old-school Dear Abby column — but with more man-eating cats and Norwegian wood. We expect unusual and eloquent words of wisdom from the postmodern author. Advice columns have dished out some pretty strange tips over the years. We’ve collected a few favorites for your perusal. Share any doozies you love, below. … Read More

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Vintage Photos of Pop Culture Icons Hitting the Slopes

Winter is officially here — and depending on your tolerance for the freezing cold, that means it’s also ski season. The snowy slopes feel like one of the few places a celebrity can blend in and evade the cameras, which is why vacationing at the most exclusive resorts around the world has been a decades-long pastime for the fabulous and wealthy. We also imagine the humbling act of balancing two feet atop icy hills gives them an odd thrill. In the spirit of the season, we’ve collected some fantastic photos of pop culture icons hitting the slopes that will hopefully inspire you to strap on a pair of skis. Enjoy the vintage fashions and stunning surroundings, below. … Read More

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