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 in a folder called ‘the vault,’ from inner-envelope security patterns to huge numbers of WPA posters. And at the encouragement of my friend Matt (who, for some reason, thinks that people might be interested in my minor obsession), and inspired by my friend Melanie’s semi-regular Thrift Store Thursday feature, I’m going to highlight a few of them each Wednesday for a while.

WWII posters

This Flickr set contains nearly 3,000 Allied Forces (mostly American) World War II propaganda posters. I could spend a week browsing through them and still not see them all.

Public transit logos

Close to 200 logos of public transportation systems from around the world. They represent a study in not only transit imagery, but also monograms featuring the letter “M.” Find your city.

Hand-lettered covers

Bookcoverarchive.com is an awesome collection of what you’d expect from the url. Their nearly 100 hand-lettered covers are particularly fun to browse.


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