Here is a book cover designed and Illustrated by the swedish designer Olle Eksell. This was found all the way in Stockholm, Sweden and I was very excited to scavenge a copy of this magnificent book. The illustrations and colors in combination with the custom typography makes this cover vibrate with joy. Unfortunately the book is in swedish so I won’t get to read it. Enjoy!
Design: Olle Eksell | Year: 1952 | Photo: Javier Garcia
Here’s a fun packaging for typewriter’s Distinctive Quality Inked Ribbons. I love the type and layout. Very modern. No traces of the designer or it’s year but based on the fact that this ribbon is for a Smith-Corona typewriter that fits 60’s models, I’d date this thing to 1960. Enjoy!
Design: Unknown | Year: 1960? | Photo: Javier García
Here’s a fun booklet filled with Illustrations all over. It’s for Columbia Records. I’m going to go ahead and label this as a Jim Flora piece since he was in charge of most of the Columbia Records materials at the time and the style of illustration matches that of Flora’s earlier career. I know that George Maas and Robert Jones also illustrated some Disc Digest issues. Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong. This one is from a record store in San Francisco. Enjoy!
UPDATE: Thanks to the wonderful Irwin Chusid — who is an expert in this subject — we now know that only the cover was designed by Jim Flora.
Design: Jim Flora | Year: 1946 | Photo: Javier García
This booklet is a guide to eating in the suburbs and country in New York City put out by the New York Herald Tribune in 1954. Cover and back cover have some fun two color illustrations. The inside has mostly generic maps and text. The style of illustration looks very familiar but it’s unfortunately not credited. Enjoy!
Design: Unknown | Year: 1954 | Photo: Javier García
As usual even the smallest piece of electronic had nice around it. Triad is an electronics pioneer that made products since the 50’s. This is a very bright, two color design with very simple logos around it. Check out Triad’s archives of their catalogs »
They even kept the original logo on that page. So judging from the catalogs, I see this package graphics introduced in 1956 but I don’t see the additional logos (Litton) until 1961 so I’m going to go ahead and date this to 1961.
Design: Unknown | Year: 1961 | Photo: Javier Garcia
This last image via Triad Catalog Archives »
There’s always something interesting in the Jazz section. This is a record cover for the American Jazz pianist, Erroll Garnier. The pattern in this piece feels very Scandinavian but at the same time has the Blue Note vibe to it. At first I thought the sleeve was very worn out but once I looked at it from further away I saw the face. Designer is uncredited but I really loved this cover hoe you do as well. Enjoy!
Design: Unknown | Year: 1954 | Photo: Javier Garcia