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.

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!

Thriumph of Neptune LP Cover by Herbert Leupin

Here’s another fun record designed by the wonderful modernist swiss designer, Herbert Leupin. It’s titled the Thriumph of Neptune. The illustration is very geometric and fun, it matches the style of the Peter and the Wolf Record I posted before. They could almost be displayed on a wall next to each other on a kids wall – Just saying. I hope you like this as much as I do. Enjoy!

Design: Herbert Leupin   |   Year: 1954   |   Photo: Javier García

Peter & the Wolf Record Cover by Herbert Leupin

Here’s a very fun Peter and the Wolf record cover illustrated by the Swiss poster designer, Herbert Leupin. He is one of my favorite designers and I was really excited to find this cover. I love ho simple and geometric this is. If you don’t know this designer, I suggest you google his name. Enjoy!

Design: Herbert Leupin   |  Year: 1954   |  Photo: Javier Garcia