Graphic Relics / ephemera

We've changed our name and mission

We've changed the name of our eCommerce site, formally OldBrochures.com to OldCuts.co The site will now feature vintage and eventually more contemporary eps vector clip art. Our inventory still includes all of the vintage ephemera previously available on the site. In the future we hope to include T-shirts and additional products featuring our clipart and ephemera products. You can still reach our site with the OldBrochures.com URL.

The clipart on our site is re-created from ephemera in my own collection, colleagues collections and web images. I've attempted to identify images that are either in the public domain or include a creative commons license that does not require attribution. However OldCuts.co makes no guarantees or warranties regarding copyright or ownership. Images must be used at your own risk.

Though none of the images on our site is "pixel perfect", I'm made every attempt to trace and render eps vector images that are crisp and clean at any size. Some of the individual files took hours to clean-up and I think you'll find them to be "a cut above" many of the "traced" vector files available on our competitor's sites which often appear overly simplified or clearly digitized.

I have thousands of images that still need to be traced and will be updating the site regularly with new clipart images. Don't hesitate to email me if you're interested in specific images or categories. I'm happy to prioritize my efforts.

Below is an example of one of our clipart images, enlarged to show detail. Click on the image to view a larger size.

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1911 James Street School Class Photo, East Providence, RI

A March 15th, 1911 Class Photo from the Upper Room Classes of the James Street School in East Providence, RI. The photo, with the mat it's mounted on measure 11 x 14 inches. The photo alone measures 6 x 8.25 inches.

As best as I can make out the names on the back of the photo, I've listed them below.

Harold Winchester  •  Frank Guvey  •  Paris Bump   •  Ernest DeEtte  •   Walter McDowell  •  Stewart Golden  •  Arthur Connette  •  William Gibson   •  Courtland Kent   •  Arthur Birgil  •   Elmer DuHammel  •  Stephen Greene   •  William Baker  •   Wilfred Fenniey  •  Ellis Spears   •   Ethel Hauxle   •  Susan Gray   •  Clematina Surette   •  Margaret O'Gar  •   May Housen  •  May Speiver  •  Amelia Silver   •  Arthur DuHammel  •  Margaret Taylor  •   Mabel Armstrong  •  Mary Guvey   •  Geneva Hicks   •   Clarence Husnander  •  Svea Anderrson  •  Louise Bump  •  Martha Coffee   •  Marion Greene  •  Louis Thresher  •  Frank Halliday  •   Frank Raker  •  Miss Atkinson   •  Fredora Spears  •   Raymond Gammon  •  Bertha Carron

I did some online research related to the "James Street School" and located the following accounts:

Excerpt from the 1885 Annual Report of the Rhode Island Board of Education.
Under the Category (School Houses)

EAST PROVIDENCE – Another New School-house – The James street school-house was finished soon after the closing of the last report, and was immediately occupied. The building has proved well adapted for school purposes, excelled by none in the town, and is a commodious house of two school-rooms, accommodating about one hundred pupils. The lower room is, however, inadequate to meet the requirements, there having been in that department ever since the opening of the building more than fifty-six seats would accommodate. – Committee.

Below is a 1924 Class Photo from The Arcadia Publishing "images of America" series for East Providence, RI. The Heritage Room Committee of East Providence claims the James Street School was built in 1882.



Unfortunately it appears the James Street School-House was torn down in 2003. The following excerpt was quoted from the July 15, 2003 East Providence City Council Meeting. I looked for the School on Google Maps and could not seem to locate it.

(By Mayor Grant, Councilman Miranda and Councilman Ramos)
Demolition of Tristam Burges School and James Street School

Mr. Miranda says the James Street School should come down first and says it should happen soon.

On motion of Councilman Harrington, seconded by Councilman Miranda, it is unanimously voted to refer the land use issue of the James Street School to the Planning Department.

Click here to view the photo in our store.

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The Art of Harry Anderson

The artist, Harry Anderson (1906 - 1996) was a prolific American Illustrator and was inducted into the Society of Illustrators "Hall of Fame" in 1994.

Anderson was a devout Seventh-day Adventist and is best known for the Christian themed illustrations he painted for the Adventist Church. He was also a popular American illustrator and his work appeared in magazines, calendars and books.

Anderson attended the University of Illinois with intentions of becoming a mathematician. However, while attending school he discovered a talent for drawing and painting. In 1927 Anderson moved to Syracuse, NY and attended the Syracuse School of Art. He graduated in 1931, during the Great Depression and initially had difficulty finding work but by 1937 he was working on national advertising campaigns and doing work for many of the major magazines, including: Cosmopolitan, Collier's and The Saturday Evening Post among others.

About 1940 Anderson married Ruth Huebel, a woman who worked nearby and posed for Harry on one occasion. The following year Anderson went to work for Haddon Sundblom's studio. Haddon was an American illustrator best remembered for the work he did for The Coca-Cola Company in the 1930s. In 1994 Anderson and his wife joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church and, by request, rendered a painting of depicting Jesus with three children, the resulting "What Happened to Your Hand?" became one of his most popular paintings. From this time on Anderson split his time between commercial and religious illustration work, often completing christian themed pieces for near minimum wage.

In the 1960s Anderson did some illustrations for Exxon Oil (then Esso) and created a number of paintings commissioned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The church commissioned a large oil mural of Jesus ordaining his apostles for the 1964 New York Word's Fair.

In the 1970s and 80s, Anderson created western-themed paintings for several fine art galleries, a pursuit shared by several well-known illustrators of that era. In his spare time Anderson enjoyed crafting model ships and buggies, hooking rugs, making furniture and other crafts. He died on November 19th, 1996.

A 1986 photo of Harry holding his original painting of kids reading the Sunday Comics from HarryAndersonArt.com

Below is a poster Anderson painted in the 1940s. The painting, titled "What Happened to Your hand?" was one of Anderson's most popular illustrations. We recently sold a copy of the poster below.

 

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Early Fortune Magazines, (Some of the most beautiful cover designs to date)

Sadly In an age of computers, market research and tight budgets few magazines approach the the level of quality and creativity embraced in years past. Early popular magazines often featured beautifully rendered cover art usually reserved for more esoteric, "fine art" publications today.

Fortune Magazines from the 30s, 40s and 50s are arguably some of the best examples of magazine design to date. The illustrators who's work graced Fortune's covers reads like a who's who among fine and graphic artists. Much of this cover art still appears modern today, some 60 or 70 years after they were originally conceived.

Fortune, a global business magazine, was the brain child of Henry Luce. The magazine was launched in February 1930, four months after the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Briton Hadden, Luce's partner, was skeptical but Luce went forward with it after Hadden's sudden death, also in 1929. The first issue cost $1 at a time when the Sunday New York Times sold for only 5¢. Previous business publications were little more than stats and numbers printed in a single color. Fortune was over-sized, employed expensive printing techniques and included dazzling photography. The acclaimed photographer Walker Evans served as Fortune's photography editor from 1945 until 1965.

During his career Luce launched and closely supervised a stable of magazines that transformed journalism, including; Time, Life, Fortune and Sports Illustrated. With the addition of radio projects and newsreels, Luce created one of the first multimedia corporations.

Henry Luce was born in 1898 in Tengchow, China and died in 1967. His father was a Presbyterian missionary in China. Luce was educated in various Chinese and English boarding schools and was sent to the United States at the age of 15 to attend the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut followed by Yale College.

Luce met Briton Hadden, his future business partner at Hotchkiss. The two continued to work together at Yale, with Hadden as a chairman and Luce as managing editor of The Yale Daily News. After being voted "most brilliant" of his class at Yale, he briefly parted ways with Hadden to embark on a year of studies at Oxford University. During this time he worked as a cub reporter for the Chicago Daily News. In 1921 Luce rejoined Hadden to work at The Baltimore News.

Both at the age of 23, Luce and Briton quit there jobs at the Baltimore News in 1922 and formed Time Inc. Having raised $86,000, the first issue of Time was published on March 3, 1923. Luce remained editor-in-chief of all his publications until 1964, several years before his death.

Click here to learn more about Henry Luce on Wikipedia and click here to learn more about Fortune Magazine. Click here to see some Fortune's magazine covers threw the 1950s.

Below is a photo from 1954 of Luce with his wife Clare Boothe Luce, a famous playwright and politician. The photo is compliments of The Library of Congress, via Wikipedia.

 

Below is a March 1948 edition of Fortune magazine. Click here to view the listing in our store.

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OldBrochures on Pinterest

We've recently posted images from nearly all of our brochures and ephemera to our Pinterest page; pinterest.com/oldcuts



The brochures are currently in three categories. Click on the below "Titles" to access the coresponding pinterest page.

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