Vaulting: The beautiful design of century-old Omaha blueprints

Omaha’s Landmark Heritage Preservation Commission has been updating its expansive site this summer. In addition to hundreds of fairly recent (but still historical) photos of homes and buildings, they’ve added more than 500 building plans filed with the city between 1907 and 1926. It’s easy to get lost in the archive, but it’s worth it. …

The Vault: Emigre type specimens

Emigre, arguably the most unique type foundry in operation today (and publishers of an excellent, now-defunct design magazine of the same name) has posted PDFs of 15 of their type specimens (and one complete font catalog!) on their website. Most of them are gorgeous. I’ll be going to Gardenmart before long to buy some simple …

THE VAULT: Australian criminals, Vegas neon and abandoned houses

Melbourne has digitized and made public hundreds of old police evidence photographs. The site is a little clunky to navigate, but hidden within the catalog are dozens of mug shots of 1920s convicts which look more like studio portraits of the upper class than snapshots of the city’s criminal element. A Flickr set of Las …

THE VAULT: WWII posters, transit logos and book covers

I tend to be a digital hoarder. For years, I’ve built a collection of online collections. The effectively infinite storage capacity of the digital world has compelled scores of very patient people to scan, organize and upload giant arcane archives. And I love them. To date, I’ve amassed some 200 bookmarks of these random collections …