The Knight’s Café Menu

Ok, if you know me, you know I am a sucker for medieval themes and for that reason this is one of my favorite things in the ephemera drawer. I picked this guy a while ago and I don’t know much about the illustrator besides it being signed “Orbeck”. The only other piece of ephemera I can track on the internet is this Vacation home design booklet posted by Victor Underhill and blogged at midcenturymodernist.com (the illustration style doesn’t match but who knows. this is also around the year I found this which dates back to ’08, seems so long ago but whatever…The illustrations are so good though, I love the horses. The simplicity of the geometric shapes is just phenomenal. As usual, our digital age can’t compare to the real deal, this menu features two colors with different varnishes and overprints that are hard to capture on camera but it adds a lot to the piece.

The menu design is from The Knight’s Café by the chef James Friswold. A restaurant by Western International Hotels. No year listed, only the day Wednesday April 21 but I did a fun experiment and found out that April 21st landed on a Wednesday on 1965 and based on the other post found from the 60’s I think it’s safe to say that’s it. So there you go, thanks Google. Enjoy!

Japan Airlines

Here’s a booklet for Japan Airlines Courier Route that shows well, you guessed it, routes and data such as travel distances and all that. Also a luggage sticker that I found inside the booklet. The booklet inside isn’t all that exciting other than a map in the middle but I thought the cover was nice but the thing that really caught my eye was the sticker. That bird was just too cool to leave behind.
There is no year but my guess is that this is from the 1960’s.

Dewit Push Button Moistener

Here’s a fantastic piece of packaging that has inspired me in things that are coming but that’s another story. I instantly gravitated towards the dots which in this case I can not see how this can conceptually relate to the product other than what the action of pushing a button looks like (but that a far stretch). What I love is that back then, packaging was more fun because there weren’t that many established rules, standards and factors to packaging as there are now (unfortunately). But this makes such a boring product look fun and I’m sure it stood out on shelf.

This product was made in Norway for The Eversharp Pen Comapany, a subsidiary of The Parker Pen Company. Printed in USA 1966. I wonder if the packaging was designed in Norway.

Percusions and Brass

Here’s a record cover designed by Chermayeff & Geismar Associates titled Percusions and Brass and put out by the Grand Award record label. It was really sad to find out a couple years that one of the great masters of graphic design, Ivan Chermayeff passed away in December 2017. I wanted to post this in his honor but unfortunately the blog was on hiatus and I couldn’t access it then. Nevertheless here is one of my favorite record covers from my collection. Such an iconic modernist piece. It’s hard to see on the picture but the spiral shape is actually printed in metallic gold. Record Cover circa 1960.

Munich English Edition

Here’s a fantastic travel brochure for Munich. The building and people illustrations here are so whimsical and fun. Love the way the buildings and trees are shadowed, the people look like they are having fun sightseeing. My favorite part is that happy monk in the cover who appears to have a beer in one hand and flowers on the other (cheers to him). Most of the fun illustrations are on the outside (cover/back cover). The map on the inside has a different vibe but pieces of it do mimmic the outside. As usual with ephemera of the era, the use of spot colors give this piece that vibrancy that is often missing in today’s CMYK print. The brochure is from 1962 and the designer/illustrator is uncredited. Enjoy!

It’s My Beer

Here’s a fantastic whimsical beer label for My Brewing Company in Omaha, Nebraska. The beer is called “It’s my beer. Very unusual compared to most serious looking labels of the time. It features four illustration settings, my favorite being the bottom left with the dude sitting on a Butterfly chair with a bullet planter (Someone was into modernism). The type was very fitting to the illustrations as well with featuring common typeface choices of the era with the inline type, the sans serif and the script. The name is also very unusual (and hard to research). If you know more about this beer let us know. I’ve seen the can version of this but I was lucky to find an unused label. The colors don’t show well in the photos but they are metallic. Enjoy!