Lots of inspiration to be found over at The Book Cover Archive. Looks pretty new with only about 800 covers at the time of this writing. It actually should be called the MODERN Book Cover Archive as there are no books before 1981. Hardly an archive but still pretty good.
Here is yet another way to ruin your day’s productivity, durn it. Ted Staunton’s 78 RPM Record Labels. There are labels going all the way back to the early 1900’s and proceed up to the ’60’s. I myself would show you all the ones I like but I am trying to get some work done if that is OK with you. Sheesh.
OK. Here’s one:
Yes! Wolfdog over at Metafilter just added a great post on two transistor radio collections. Then, in the comments, Slack-a-gogo sweetened the pot with two more links. This can definitely be a time waster. Someone tell me how it turns out ’cause I gots work to do, durn it. Click at your own risk:
Holy awesome collections, Batman! tapedeck.org has a huge collection of analog cassette tapes that can be browsed by brand, time length, and quality. I was a vinyl guy back in the 80’s so whenever I would get my new Oingo Boingo or Surf Punks LP, I would immediately record them to cassette so that I could “rock out” to them in the car or whatever portable device was around. Usually I did it on this little guy right here or possibly this one. I had freakin’ boxes of ’em. Don’t see your brand? Submit your own!
Here is a great collection of high-res scans of security patterns found on envelopes. I find the idea of collecting something that is so diverse yet virtually ignored pretty great.
Here is something for the Frickin’ Creative department: an amazing collection of business cards on Flickr. These things make me drool. Most of these cards are for designers and artists because most regular folk wouldn’t want to spend the dough to get these things made with all the fancy die cuts and cards made out of metal and such. However, can you put a price on a first impression? Yeah, probably.
I just found out about this site. It is a gigantic library of music gig posters. And I mean Gi-frickin-gantic. I have yet to really search through it but on a quick glance, there are some real beauties in there. There is also a bunch of crap too.
You can search by band or by the designer. They also have a place to sell posters and other music merch. I did a quick search for Modest Mouse and came up with 145 posters. Some are super cool too:
And I have this Decemberists one designed by Mike King (reminder to self: go get it framed!):
If you find any cool posters, let me know in the comments!