Drawings & illustrations

The home of the future: Space-age inventions (1958-1961)

Imagine getting paid to envision the future -- in ways that were inventive, optimistic, fanciful, logical, silly or surreal, depending on the week? Throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s, that is exactly what commercial artist and futurist Arthur Radebaugh got to do.

Space age: Amazing retro futuristic homes of the ’60s

What did the future look like from the '60s? In this ad series for Motorola, commercial artist Charles Schridde depicted modernist homes of the future - and perfectly captured the era's sleek style and space-age optimism.

New York City views (1917)

Get a load of that view! Here are some images showing parts of New York City's skyline as it appeared back in 1917.   Union Square in 1917 >> Announcement of the Empire State Building (1929)... Read more...

Fun furniture: Lofty bunk (1976)

Lofty bunk The fireman's pole makes getting out of bed a zip! And the whole project is a zip to build into any boy's room. Build the dresser and the wall storage unit first, then install the box for the mattre... Read more...

Month-by-month calendar icons (1965)

Here's a whole year's worth of cute retro drawings that you can use to make your own calendar -- and they come to you right to you from 1965. Just click here or on the calendar image below to get a larger versi... Read more...

7 popular new home styles of the 1920s

One of the first problems which confronts the prospective home builder is the selection of the style of architecture for his new home. New England Colonial, Dutch Colonial, Old and Modern English, American, Spa... Read more...

Sensible summer curtains (1902)

The sensible arrangement of summer window hangings Philosophers aver that the window often proclaims the householder. There is a moral in this for window decorators. Perchance the windows that exhibit the... Read more...

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