The first vintage Etch-A-Sketch toy was made back in 1960. It was a big seller from early on, and over the years, Ohio Art made several other creative, artistic toys – such as those shown here.
Do you remember Shrinky Dinks? They were DIY crafts that could be made by coloring on a plastic sheet, cutting out the various shapes, and then shrinking them down using heat.
Years ago, companies promoted all kinds of vintage freebies and low-cost mail-in offers, usually requiring some boxtops or proof of purchase. Look back at some of the premiums from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s!
Before photography, you could keep memories of loved ones close by getting portrait miniatures painted. Now they’re highly-collectible antiques! Here’s a look at some of this classic artwork.
It took years to complete the Statue of Liberty construction – and it wasn’t easy! Look behind the scenes into how it was done, plus close-up shots from renovations.
Looking for a fun and creative holiday project that’s a little different? Check out these crafty and cute vintage Christmas decorations, based on ideas popular back in the sixties.
You can make these super easy wax & tissue paper flowers for Christmas or any time of year! This vintage craft uses basic supplies, but creates a surprisingly beautiful result!
Remember apple head dolls – an early American craft with folk art roots that was popular again in the ’60s and ’70s? Find out how to make these shrunken apple dolls, and more about the art of dollmaking.
Here’s a little guide from the thirties to teach people how to make art using their vintage manual typewriters – pretty much old-fashioned ascii art and old-school smileys!
Here are eight beautiful views of Yellowstone National Park from more than a hundred years ago, as seen by artist Thomas Moran and published in 1875.
These beautiful antique silhouettes were cut by hand by artist Eveline Maydell, whose portrait clients included many of society’s wealthiest men and women.
These gorgeous illustrations of vintage fairies and other fanciful creatures were featured in magazines during the 1920s.
Here, look back at the rediscovered art of stenciling, plus see dozens of examples of traditional stencil patterns from throughout history!
Here’s a collection of beautiful classic vintage stencil designs from the ’30s and earlier, along with patterns inspired by Greek, Roman, Persian and other classical designs.
What did the future look like from the ’60s? See some modernist-style retro futuristic home concepts that captured the midcentury era’s sleek style and space-age optimism.
Through the 40s, 50s & 60s, you’d see a new set of vintage calendar girls & pin-ups in garages, diners and dens each year. Take a look back!
These vintage Peter Max clocks were designed by the famous pop art illustrator, whose colorful & psychedelic designs were a distillation of the ’60s.
The vintage Spirograph toys let you create millions of colorful, startlingly beautiful extraordinarily intricate designs in infinite variety – all you needed were pens, paper and the kit’s plastic gears and wheels. Take a look!
Here’s a look at a few dozen type styles from the first part of the 20th century – including a few old-fashioned fonts that have stood the test of time.
These bits of well-preserved vintage graphic artistry come from the simply-named Paints Oils Varnishes catalog from F. W. Devoe Co. of New York, which was
Trade cards, the granddaddy of today’s trading cards, were common in the 1800s, and often showed offbeat images that existed solely to build brand buzz. Here’s a strange set showing people as vegetables.
Silent movies were not part of a primitive style of filmmaking, but an alternate form of storytelling – with artistic triumphs equivalent to or greater than those of the sound films that followed.
Shortly before her clothing line debuted – and back when her son, Anderson Cooper, was 8 years old – the multi-talented heiress Gloria Vanderbilt came out with her own print magazine: Gloria Vanderbilt Designs for Your Home.
Origin of stained glass art The art of fitting together small pieces of glass into a pattern with a heavy lead binding about each piece
These fantastic samples of eye makeup are the creations of Pablo, Elizabeth Arden’s makeup designer, and are done in a variety of techniques.
These bust silhouettes, created by artist Charles Willson Peale between 1760 and 1827, were cut from the middle of white paper, and mounted on black.
Cover of the St Paul Globe’s Magazine Section – Sunday, July 10, 1904 The People’s Automobile With clang of gong and happy song, And laughter
Vanning has become an American craze. Today it means to personalize a common van and build a lifestyle around it. Throngs of Americans are doing it. A key feature of the outing is the mutual admiration of vans and the adorning artwork.
“I was as nervous as a poker player down to his last pants’ button, and every one of the hard-boiled old-timers in the art department knew it. “
Custom cakes: So incredible — and they’re edible! Nancy Frank has a job that’s so much fun you could almost call it play. She makes
Development of artistic photography by Kathryn Rucker That true artistic expression may be rendered by means of the camera is verified and demonstrated by several