15 Classic Postcards
These 15 classic postcards just couldn't go out of vogue.

Sara Barnes

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Often past trends predict what future trends will look like. Design and illustration styles ebb and flow, and what was popular decades ago might be en vogue again.

Take postcards, for instance. They demonstrate trends in typography, images and layout.

Some postcards below have gorgeous typography that designers have tried to emulate in present postcards. Others have a diffused, slightly hazy look in their illustrations and photographs, which has been revived thanks to apps like Instagram and photo filters.

If you’re interested in using past trends to give your work fresh perspective, consider how you’ll add a contemporary spin.

Try tweaking something that will make it uniquely yours. Maybe you’ll put a twist in your color palette, image selection or font choice. This will give your postcard a rich visual quality while combining your personal twist on a nostalgic image.


1_southwest_FINAL


2_sanfran_FINAL


3_halloween_FINAL


4_ca_FINAL


5_water_FINAL


6_santa_FINAL


7_worldsfair_FINAL


8_tomorrowland_FINAL


9_five_FINAL


10_thesurf_FINAL


11_hawaii_FINAL


12_soviet_FINAL


13_waterskis_FINAL


14_japanese_FINAL


15_children_FINAL

 


Hopefully, you feel inspired to create your own vintage postcard and put a twist on it. You can’t go wrong with any tweak or addition you make on a classic postcard. The sky’s the limit, and your imagination will help you create an amazing postcard.

Photos courtesy of etsy.com, allposters.com, ebay.com, theberry.com, flickr.com, fattycakeshandmade.com, tumblr.com, blogspot.com, and mit.edu. 

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About the Author
Sara Barnes
Sara Barnes
Sara Barnes is a creative person living in Baltimore, Md. She loves embroidery, collaboration and the Web. For the past three and a half years, she's maintained the blog Brown Paper Bag. Updated daily, she shares textiles, illustration, design, products and more. In addition to blogging, she also enjoys collaborating with people everywhere, planning like Sampler, a love letter to contemporary embroidery, and the Collage Scrap Exchange, which pairs collage artists around the world. Follow her on Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr.

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