Category Archives: ILLUSTRATION

1970s Gaelic Book cover illustration

Beautiful book cover illustration from 1970 ‘Gaelic without Groans’ by John Mackechnie.  Love these strong purples, magenta and turquoise, the late 60s / early 70s had the best colour schemes. Found in a second hand bookshop in Edinburgh, visiting lovely … Continue reading

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Vintage Finnish book illustration – Outi Markkanen

During my time in Finland, scouring charity shops or ‘kirpiis’ I was hoping to find some odd publications to blog about so was thrilled to come across this beautiful children’s book ‘Kurnau ja Kamaluu.’  Typing that into a translation tool … Continue reading

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Helsinki & Kauniste design shop

  A few snapshots from Helsinki here, which I sailed into from Tallinn.  I was given a ‘traditional’ Estonian send off which meant I was rolled onto the ferry at 7am, after no sleep and surrounded by a curious scent of … Continue reading

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1970s Cook Book – Lots of Fun to Cook

I found this wee artifact of 1970’s insanity in a junk shop in Victoria Park, Hackney in London, many moons ago now.  It reminded me of a similarly nutty retro cookbook I actually had as a kid, with all sorts … Continue reading

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1960s psychedelic bib

Love the nuts pattern design on this 1960s bib, especially the policeman with the gigantic hands. Found in the back of a van at a car boot (default answer when I can’t remember)

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1960’s Hungarian Dances record

 Lovely illustrations on this record cover from the 1960’s.  Found at an Essex car boot

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Christmas Greetings from 1905

Faintly unnerving Christmas cards from all the way back in 1905; coming well over a decade before the birth of Surrealism, yet undoubtedly some some kind of pre-cursor. There are a few more creepy scenes like this online too, this … Continue reading

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