Archive for the ‘Old things.’ Category


Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Notgeld, emergency money, is the name of money issued by an institution not authorised for money emission. This occurs usually when money is not available from the central bank. The best known emergency money emissions occurred in Germany and Austria-Hungary around the end of the first World War. (via Wikipedia).

Here is a massive collection of old Notgeld, some of which was designed at the Bauhaus. We love the huge variety of type, pattern & colour.

Match made in heaven.

Friday, January 16th, 2015

This morning we found an incredible collection of Japanese & Chinese matchbox labels. Spread over four books. Allow each pdf to load.

Book 1

Book 2

Book 3

Book 4



Tuesday, January 6th, 2015



Monday, December 8th, 2014

194 coasters from a classic Czech beer. All of them are amazing.


Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

An epic collection of old French ribbons was discovered this morning. Here are some of our favourite spreads, click the links below for the individual books.

Velour (i) Velour (ii) Velour (iii)







Mixed (i)

Mixed (ii)


Polynesian Stick Charts.

Monday, October 20th, 2014

‘The charts represented major ocean swell patterns and the ways the islands disrupted those patterns, typically determined by sensing disruptions in ocean swells by islands during sea navigation.’

Animal carnival.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Wooden animals by Ladislav Sutnar, a Czech design hero.

Flights of fancy.

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

A bevy of old airline labels. Via here but many more here and here.


Game on.

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Old game instructions sheets we found at the weekend, and beyond.


Fit birds.

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

From 1963. You might also like these.


6 Old Boxes of Pencils.

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Do Not Disturb.

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

From this gargantuan collection. Thanks to Obsessionistas.

Park life.

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Bird Flash Cards, 1962.

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Pick your own.

Activity Attribute Block Cards. 1976.

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

No we don’t know what that means either. At least they look good.


Perpetual (updated).

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Our archive of some of the perpetual calendars we have found in the past 4 years.


6 Nice dials.

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Some old German dials, mainly parking clocks. You might also like these.


Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

From the archives, a collection of 1960s classroom charts.


Some labels.

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013


Ephemera from Israel.

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Lots more in this ridiculously good stream.


The 17 Designs That Bell Almost Used for the Layout of Telephone Buttons.

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Via the atlantic and @jamesacurry

Blue sky thinking.

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

An old cyanometer, for grading the blueness of your sky.

Coloriages (1942)

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

We found some old colouring books in Lille, published in 1942. These are our favourite pages from them.


Things we saw in Lille.

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Boxes, books, ephemera we saw or brought home.


On the map.

Friday, August 30th, 2013

More maps than you can shake a stick it. Excellent resource right here.