The Morse 200

Morse 200Was walking through antique mall as we do on odd occasion.  I almost always make it through the curiosities and smells of old without buying anything.  So much I see is interesting, but I always wonder, “what the heck would I do with this?”.

But I couldn’t resist the Morse 200 sewing machine I found recently.  With my namesake emblazoned across the enameled blue surface, I decided I had to take it home.  After getting it home, I found in the case the original receipt, sales flyer and manual. I’ve scanned them and shared them here.  For anyone who loves retro-graphics, take a gander.

You can check out the user manual here.

Morse 200 Flyer

Ascent of Man

As a lover of retro-futurist illustration, I recently came across a presentation (via Boing Boing) by Illustrator/Artist Bruce McCall.  He does a great job of putting to words the reason I love retro-futurist art – the optimistic, over-the-top and sometimes ridiculous illustration like that found on the covers of Popular Mechanics in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.  He’s also designed a few of the wittier New Yorker covers, one of which was put to animation by the talent at Smiley Guy Studios.  You can watch the presentation here.

The Oatmeal: How to Suck at Facebok

To all my Facebook friends out there, here’s a humorous rant about the typical Facebook types.  If you’re easily offended, you may not want to read this.  It’s a little bit o’ smartass, but I like it.

I’ve started following TheOatmeal’s posts since reading “How to use an Apostrophe“.  I think his illustrations are fun and his site is a great example of simple, clean web design.