A new way to waste my time. Sweet!
Vintage Printables, which I learned about from Design for Mankind, is an evolving online archive of vintage printed matter such maps, charts, illustrations, scientific work and signs. It’s so fun to look through all this stuff. And though I have not tested it myself, it is all printable, which is really exciting. If you are sick of people at flea market trying to sell you framed pages from olde astronomy textbooks for $100 this is a way to fight back. It’s also a way to get great wrapping paper and place mats.
The site is curated by “Swivelchair..” He believes all of the images on the site are legally up-for-grabs but he has a long, smart and funny manifesto about public domain that is definitely worth reading.