Art + Design

Paper Love

As a print designer, I geek out over paper. Vintage paper especially. The official term for the stuff is ephemera, which refers to printed items of collectible memorabilia that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity. But years after they were designed and printed, people prize these old postcards, posters, brochures, and photos for their beautiful and often quirky typography, illustration, and images. The designer of that fabulous Redwoods postcard featured above probably wouldn’t have guessed that copies would continue to be resold 70+ years later.

If you’re still reading, you’re probably an ephemera nerd too, and you should mark your calendar for The Vintage Paper Fair in San Francisco this weekend, August 1st-2nd, in Golden Gate Park’s Hall of Flowers. The fair happens twice a year, and when I visited the show in February I found tons of design inspiration in the mountains of vintage goodies. Here’s some eye-candy from the fair:

PaperFair_Table

PaperFair_Giants

Go Giants!

PaperFair_books2

Gorgeous debossed details

PaperFair_ads

PaperFair_Fillmore

PaperFair_suitcase

PaperFair_MiniViews

 

PaperFair_Postcards

There are so many specific postcard categories

PaperFair_BigTrees

I brought this one home with me. That funny log lettering was hard to resist!

PaperFair_Catskill

PaperFair_photos

PaperFair_envelopes

PaperFair_books

 

Emily Dubin
Senior Designer

Emily Dubin

Emily Dubin

Senior Designer at Chronicle Books, collector of magazines, watches, and vintage ephemera. See more of her work at dubindesign.com.
Emily Dubin

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