Archive for November, 2010


Just a quick one today folks, something I was just going to tweet but figured it deserved a little more than that. This has pretty much been the best part of still living at home at the moment, basically my Mum bought this tin of Jacob’s biscuits as a Christmas gift for someone, I spotted it and immedietly said “I gotta take some pictures of that before you wrap it up.” Seriously, this thing is freaking gorgeous.

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I can’t find the illustrator though there’s also a McVitie’s tin by the same person available, but man, this is the sort of thing that just encapsulates the spirit of Christmas. That warm, lovely feeling you have in your head when you fondly think of the holidays, I get that when I imagine this scene coming to life. This tin is just all kinds of wonderful,  and I think it’s a real shame it hasn’t recieved more attention from us online design types. So a very early seasons greetings from Coffee Stained Papers, I hope some people out there dig this as much as me.

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For Craftsmen of All Ages

Tombland Books in Norwich is pretty much my favourite shop now. See they have these shelves outside the shopfront, with everything on them £1. The vast majority of my old book collection has come from those shelves, and to make it even better the guy once told me they give the money to chairty. Fucking-A. And to make it even better I had a scope round one of the book sellers in the market, one of the ones that has shelves and shelves of mostly damp crap from the mid-90s, found a couple of cool Pelican’s, and they were selling them for £4… seriously?! Right, off to Tombland then.

I picked up this copy of ‘Hobbies Weekly‘ from 1964, and this thing seems dated even for the 60s. Back then toys were made out of wood, and you could make things out of card and copper tubing. Much like the technical drawings in my last post, the illustrations and diagrams in this are pretty cool, and there’s some awesome old-school type and some vintage ads (“Airfix — Just Like the Real Thing!”). The paper is dirty and faded, and there’s no way in hell someone nowadays would build their own plinth for an aquarium, but I guess people did once upon a time, and this is a cool relic from that age.