Visual Bits #320 > A Vintage Collection

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We Love Friday!- Honoring Veterans

Eve Merriam once said, “I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, ‘Mother, what was war?'” While world peace would be the most wonderful thing imaginable, freedom is an amazing privilege that we would not have without the soldiers who have protected our country. The men and women who have served in the military have risked their lives to protect our freedoms and one day each year does not seem like enough to thank them for all that they have done. If you are fortunate enough to know any living veterans, I hope that you took the time to thank them in honor of Veteran’s Day this week. If not, it’s not too late!

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Satoshi Hashimoto Illustrates a Retro/Modern World

Yokohama based Satoshi Hashimoto is kicking it old-school cool. This Japanese illustrator has the touch of a mid-century master, creating a world of goatee sporting beatniks and cocktail swizzling cool guys brought up to the modern age. His figures, which feature in plenty of modern periodicals, are surrounded by the technological signs of our modern world: laptops, rooftop gardens and DJ turntables place these images decisively in the 21st century.

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Blast From the Past: Hilarious Halloween Costumes

It’s hard to imagine what Halloween costumes were like before slutty versions of every imaginable character fresh from the sweat shops of China graced our store shelves. Back in the day before temporary Halloween stores could be found in strip malls everywhere, many more people created their own costumes and the results were impressive to say the least. Check out this fun collection Halloween attire from yesteryear.

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Visual Bits #300 > Kickin’ It Old School

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Way Tubular 80s Mobile Phone Commercial… Psych!

As crowds of people rush to get the new iPhone 5, we thought it would be fun to remind you just how far cell phone technology has come. In this hilarious Radio Shack commercial from 1989, you can see that mobile phones weren’t always so sleek. Watch as these hip people from the 80s lug their lunch box sized receivers to the office, the beach, Cub Scouts camping trips, and even out on a boat.

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Safety, Speed, Comfort: Rare Posters of World Travel

Before you could easily jet-set around the world, reaching your destination in only a matter of hours, the prospect of world travel was far more slow… and probably more exciting. Now Zeitlos, a Berlin based purveyor of vintage design, is opening an exhibition of rare travel posters from the dawn of world travel. Featuring ocean liners, fast (and safe) trains, airplanes and even a few rare zeppelins, the posters are beautiful examples of the exciting time when foreign lands seemed further away… and even more foreign.

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Vintage Infographic: Napoleon’s Tragic Russian March

When it comes to tragic military events, few would rate worse than the French invasion of Russia in 1812. A disastrous combination of situations resulted in the once powerful Grande Armée being reduced from nearly half a million strong, to a shockingly small 10,000 following their retreat. This vintage information graphic detailing the event was created by Charles Joseph Minard in 1869. It is an early masterpiece of good design.

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Chicks & Wheels with Vintage Cool

Just the subject of cars and pin-up girls has a retro flare to it… add the distinctly old school stylings of Florence Italy based designer Simone Massoni, and you have one tasty morsel of sexy vintage wheels. His series Chicks & Wheels features just that, fantasy women with fantasy cars, done up in a style somewhat reminiscent of the swinging illustration king of lead sleds and cocktail hour, Shag.

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Visual Bits #277> Spy With A Vintage Eye



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