Advertising – Cigarettes
Instead of a cigarette, enjoy a small sampling from our chronological assortment of 1000’s cigarette ads, from the 1920’s till today, currently on display on the top shelf of the picture collection.
American Fabrics and Fashion
American Fabrics and Fashion (also called American Fabrics) was a commercial textile magazine created as a guide for manufacturers in the fabrics industry. In every issue there are dozens of physical fabric samples glued in, so in case you were wondering, “What did the 50’s feel like?”, here is the most literal answer to your question. Accompanying the samples are textile advertisements and sometimes the samples are even incorporated into the ads themselves. For anyone interested in fashion, textiles or all that is tactile, American Fabrics is a publication of great cultural and historical value.
We have 105 Issues of American Fabrics, 1946-1975.
Signs & Billboards
A sign is something that can point you towards an attraction – towards a milkshake, a movie, or a neighboring town — but some signs are so unique, or so bleakly common, that they themselves become attractions (or un-attractions). Check out some of the more unusual signs here at the picture collection – there are 98 pictures and 12 booklets waiting for you.
Since 1985 Airbrush Action has been teaching artists how to satisfy clients that go in for the Kenny Powers aesthetic. This fine magazine includes tips, tricks, step-by-step how-to’s, competitions, and interviews with airbrush artists. Seemingly every variety of airbrushed material is covered: t-shirts, cars, trucks, buses, helicopters, giant lobster statues, magazine ads, snowmobiles, pre-photoshop photo retouching, medical illustration, toy packaging graphics, fake marble walls, leotards, pleather jackets, bowling pins, bicycles, caricatures, fingernails, hair, prosthetic puppets, and fine art paintings.
The SVA library has nearly all of the Airbrush Action magazines released between 1988 and the present. Feast your eyes.