Old Ideas Offer Fresh Inspiration

  • Mar. 24, 2014

I’ve been hard at work since Jan. on a few really fun projects. I can’t share to much about specific details but I can tell you my path has lead me down memory lane into the wonderful world of vintage advertising design; a place I like to visit frequently.

I really appreciate vintage advertising, both from local & national companies. I thought it would be fun to start a series of posts sharing my findings. These gems offer a window into the past and bring with it modern inspiration. Some examples feature amazing creative work, some are just downright quirky, while others symbolically represent how our society has dramatically changed over the years. I have a ton of fun with this, I hope you enjoy and are as inspired as much as I am.

vintage postcard design from saratoga springs ny

I’m a big fan if vintage tourism design, here’s a local vintage postcard design for Saratoga Springs, NY featuring the Saratoga Flat Track, The Harness Track, The Hall of Springs, Saratoga Lake, The Saratoga State Park, and Congress Park.

vintage tin design, potato chips from Albany NY

vintage tin design, campfire marshmallows

When I’m not in on my Mac working on a design project you might find me at a flee market, a garage sale, or the local auction. Here are a few tins I picked up last summer from various places that I use around my office. I really like the colors and subject matter of the Campfire Marshmallows, but love the local Albany, NY reference on the Blue Ribbon Chips tin.

vintage pennant, the great escape lake george ny

vintage brochure, storytown in lake george ny

These two finds showcase different eras of the now Six Flags Great Escape in Lake George, NY. The pennant I believe was from the mid 80’s while the brochure design was likely from the 60’s or 70’s. The brochure offers some great illustrations and typography that’s sure to bring back memories to many, many people who grew up in upstate, NY.

vintage sign graphic design, Batavia ny

Wicked awesome advertising sign from the 1922 Batavia, NY Fair. A wonderfully illustrated sign detailed with an American Indian Chief overlooking the fairgrounds surrounded by mountains.

vintage bing crosby ice cream design

While not so much local, this vintage ice cream box design was printed here in upstate, NY. And while I’m not 100% sure, when I acquired the box I was told the ice cream was made near Albany, NY. I don’t know much about Bing Crosby or why his face would be on a box of ice cream, but the packaging design caught my eye and I couldn’t leave without it!

vintage adirondack tourism brochure design

Another local piece, while not so much advertising per say, this brochure has some really great colors and artwork reminiscent of 1950’s summertime fun in the Adirondacks.

Stay tuned as I plan to share more vintage advertising graphic design in the future, I have plans to feature specific subjects such as local, automotive, and more. If you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to leave a comment below.

MWH Design is a small design studio in upstate NY lead by owner / designer, Mike Hosier. Mike works with local and national small businesses, and organizations developing effective web media solutions.


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