Vintage Pat Keely safety poster

Vintage 'Keep Floors Clean' safety poster designed by Pat Keely for Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents | H is for Home

We featured a poster by Leonard Cusden in a recent post – and, as with the proverbial buses, two safety posters have come at once. Well, the same week anyway.

Vintage 'Keep Floors Clean' safety poster designed by Pat Keely for Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents | H is for Home

This one is by another renowned 20th century graphic artist – Pat Keely.

Pat Keely signature

This ‘Keep Floors Clean’ poster was commissioned by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents in the 1950s.

Vintage 'Keep Floors Clean' safety poster designed by Pat Keely for Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents | H is for Home

In addition to his work for RoSPA, Pat Keely was also responsible for some iconic World War II posters done for The Ministry of Information. There are public transport and GPO commissions too – he even designed postage stamps.

Vintage 'Keep Floors Clean' safety poster designed by Pat Keely for Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents | H is for Home

Here are some further images of Pat Cokayne Keely’s work. We love the orange ‘Wear your Goggles’ poster you’ll see there.

Detail of credits from a vintage 'Keep Floors Clean' safety poster designed by Pat Keely for Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents | H is for Home

As with the Leonard Cusden, this is an original vintage piece. We’re pretty sure that this particular poster image has never been reproduced so quite a scarce thing. It’s one for the graphic artist aficionados on one level, but also works simply as a decorative art work for the home. It would look great displayed on a kitchen wall – the imagery, colours and subject matter. There’s first refusal to our blog readers, so let us know if you’re interested.

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Leonard Cusden collectable

Detail from a vintage Leonard Cusden designed safety poster 'Don't fool with compressed air it can kill' | H is for Home

We love graphic design – and collect vintage examples from the mid twentieth century in particular.

Vintage Leonard Cusden designed safety poster 'Don't fool with compressed air it can kill' | H is for Home

…posters, menus, books and magazines are all potential sources.

Detail from a vintage Leonard Cusden designed safety poster 'Don't fool with compressed air it can kill' | H is for Home

We’ve just acquired this fabulous vintage poster by renowned graphic artist, Leonard Cusden. It dates from the 1950s and was commissioned by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. It warns of the dangers of working with compressed air. He’s also famous for his distinctive 1930s railway posters.

Leonard Cusden signature

It’s very striking in terms of design & colours – we love the ghoulish spectre!

Detail from a vintage Leonard Cusden designed safety poster 'Don't fool with compressed air it can kill' | H is for Home

Quite a few of his health & safety posters have now been re-produced by RoSPA. We were very chuffed with this find, especially as it’s an original copy from the period.

More Menus!

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Vintage German menus from a Norddeutscher Lloyd cruise

Our last vintage menus post proved popular – and most of the examples that we featured in it prior to listing in the web shop have now sold.

Vintage German menus from a Norddeutscher Lloyd cruise

We thought we’d share some more of our collection over the coming weeks…

Details from vintage German menus from Norddeutscher Lloyd cruise

…starting with this collection of cruise ship menus dating from the late 1960s.

Details from vintage German menus from Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen cruise

They were produced for the German company, Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen.

Vintage menu illustration details from a Norddeutscher Lloyd cruise

We like the combination of stark pen & ink drawing with bold, partial colouring. They’re very distinctive – the artist’s signature looks like Geißler, but we can’t seem to find any mention of him anywhere on the internet. Can anyone out there shed some light?

Vintage menu with cover illustration of men playing bowls in a park Vintage menu with cover illustration of suns

Vintage menu with cover illustration of birds Vintage menu with cover illustration of fish

This particular set would look fabulous with simple black frames against a large expanse of white wall. The vibrant colours would really leap out and draw you in to take a closer look.

Cruising Again

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Vintage Royal Viking Star cruise menus from 1975

We’ve got some more vintage cruise menus to share with you – our friend Emma, who used to run the wonderful Wooden Donkey empire, sent us a package containing various vintage Royal Viking Star cruise menus out of the blue this week. What an unexpected treat that was!

Vintage Royal Viking cruise luncheon menu detail

With the new additions, we were able make up a lovely set of ten menus from this particular cruise. They date from the mid 1970s and were given to passengers en route to Acapulco. Aren’t they fabulous? The artwork is stunning. They really capture the Mexican vibe – and the style is so characteristic of the time. One of those occasions when the phrase “good enough to frame” is very apt.

Vintage Royal Viking Star menu cover from 1975

We’d love a huge wall display of vintage menus. We’ve got the menus – we must be up to about a hundred now… we just need the huge empty wall – oh, and the framing might bankrupt us! They’re such a great thing to collect for us. We’re obviously attracted to the cover artwork in the first instance, but being former chefs, the food on offer inside is also very interesting.

Vintage Royal Viking Star dinner menu

Whether it’s dishes or menu phrases that seem to have been lost in time, dishes or ingredients we’ve never heard of – or mentally choosing what we’d fancy to eat on that given day!

'Chef's Suggestion' on a vintage Royal Viking Star dinner menu

We’ve got a few duplicates of this set and quite a few others too, so we think we might start putting some into the What’s Cooking? department of the H is for Home shop. They’d make the perfect decoration for kitchen walls or shelves.

Vintage Royal Viking Star cruise menus from 1975

If you fancy starting your own vintage menu collection, get in touch and we’ll let you know what’s available. Bon Voyage!

Danish Fortnight at Neiman-Marcus

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Vintage Neiman-Marcus Danish Fortnight poster detail

We thought that we’d take a closer look at the vintage Neiman-Marcus poster that we showed in yesterday’s Forthcoming Attractions post. As we mentioned, we’ve had this poster in storage for some time and have just had it framed. It looks fantastic!

Vintage Neiman-Marcus Danish Fortnight poster

It’s the work of Danish artist, Ib Antoni. He designed textiles, porcelain and lamps too, but it’s his posters for which he’s most famous. He was much in demand during his relatively short career. His list of clients is tremendous –  from tourist boards to large manufacturing companies. Tragically he died quite young in a hotel fire aged just 44. He’s much loved in Denmark and indeed worldwide. He left a wonderful body of work with over 300 poster designs and is one of our favourite illustrators.

Ib Antoni's signature

The US department store Neiman-Marcus developed the concept of special fortnights to promote sales in the quiet autumn period before the Christmas rush. They started in 1957 with French Fortnight. It celebrated the distinctive culture, cuisine and fashion of that particular nation. They were a great success and continued up until the 1980s. Danish Fortnight took place in Dallas in 1964.

Vintage Neiman-Marcus Danish Fortnight poster detail

This extract comes from a local newspaper at the time:

Dallas’ Neiman-Marcus will open its Danish Fortnight tomorrow with royal Danes and Great Danes in attendance. And if it’s anything like the fairyland Swiss Fortnight of last year, start wishing that your husbands will find some business in Dallas during the two-week event. The specialty store promises to bring the greatness of Denmark to visitors, dramatizing the Tivoli Gardens with its imaginative play settings for children, the works of Hans Christian Andersen, George Jensen silver and the finest art of the country–its contemporary furniture and needlework. Dallas will join Neiman-Marcus in the exposition with a Danish Street fair sponsored by antique shops, Danish films and Danish entertainers in Dallas supper clubs.Northwest Arkansas Times, Saturday October 17 1964

There would no doubt have been some wonderful mid-century modern homewares on offer!

Vintage Neiman-Marcus Danish Fortnight poster detail

Amazingly, we acquired more than one copy of this rare vintage poster at the time we bought them. So , we could send one rolled up in a tube – you could then choose your own frame and indeed framer – and it will obviously be much cheaper & safer than sending the glazed version. This original poster measures 88cm x 61.5cm. Our blog readers will get first refusal, so get in touch if your interested.

Orla Kiely coffee jars

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Limited edition Orla Kiely print coffee jars for Douwe Egberts

It’s Sunday morning, so what better than coffee and the newspapers?

detail of a Douwe Egberts coffee jar label showing Orla Kiely logo

Did you get hold of your limited edition Orla Kiely design Douwe Egberts coffee jars?

detail of a Douwe Egberts coffee jar with yellow Orla Kiely pattern

We bought in bulk – well 3 jars is bulk coffee buying for us at least!!

detail of a Douwe Egberts coffee jar with green Orla Kiely pattern

The classic Orla Kiely repeat motifs of apple and flowers are lovely. We’re not sure what they’ll house yet, but we always seem to be on the look out for nice storage jars. And they were free – kind of!

detail of a Douwe Egberts coffee jar with orange Orla Kiely pattern

We quite often make real espresso at home, but first thing in the morning the kettle and a teaspoon of instant is what we usually manage. It’s a good job we like this brand of coffee otherwise 3 jars might have been a real slog! 🙂