From Japan, With Love

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Vintage Japanese postcards are truly adorable. At the beginning of the 20th century, European style postcards became very popular in Japan. These Meiji era tiny masterpieces are more than just stationery. Many of them were distributed by the Japanese government to promote industrial modernization and growing military power. Collecting of Japanese antique postcards attracted great interest worldwide since 2002, after Leonard A. Lauder (the former CEO of The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.), donated his collection of 20,000 unique postcards to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He began collecting them since the age of six.

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Advertising Agency in 1905

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How did an advertising agency look like and operate in the early 1900’s? I’ve found the answer. This wonderful book was published in 1905 and scanned by the Duke University library. It’s a self-promotional publication titled “Good Advertising and Where It Is Made”. Did you know that back in the 1900’s a secretary would have to register your visiting card in a guest book?

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Hand Painted Catalog of Renaissance Jewelry (1552)

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Last year I wrote a post about the history of catalogs. Today I’ve found a really amazing book at the World Digital Library. This unique manuscript is an inventory of the jewelry owned by Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria and his wife, Duchess Anna. The book contains 110 magnificent drawings by the Munich court painter Hans Mielich. It’s a great source of inspiration for modern artists and jewelry makers.

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