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  • 1930's to 1940's design style - Reference Sites

    So I'm working on a project for a client to build a website based on the 30's and 40's. I have found a few good sites for reference like ( ) which is consumed with great ads from the 20's thru the 70's. Also I've found ( ) which provides a good collection of information on that time period.

    What I'm primarily trying to find is great ads that used color well, symmetry and persuasive tag lines. Since that time period was really the period of persuasion I know that is a key element I'm going to be using in this site.


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  • #2
    good finds Chris. This one was fun: Fortune magazine covers.


    • #3
      It's an odd suggestion, but if you have access to an XBox 360, check out Bioshock. It takes place in the 60s, but it involves an underwater city built much earlier than that and gone terribly wrong. It features some of the coolest period atmosphere I've ever seen and heard. I'm an old-time radio buff and it all seems so familiar and comfortable to me even as I'm distracted by blowing crap up.


      • #4
        UltraLounge baby!

        Also car ads and cereal packets.
        I work while you are all asleep...


        • #5
          Just go to and type
          1930s or
          1940s into the search function.


          • #6
            travel posters from that era and a bit before float my boat.

            Argh! They are so yummy I want to lick them.
            at best my spelling *and grammar* is crap and at worst it are be carp


            • #7
              Those are gorgeous!


              • #8
                I've always loved those as well, Frank. I have a bunch of magnets on my file cabinet at work with reproductions of that style, they're purdy.
                "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" - Ricky Ricardo


                • #9
                  I love vintage stuff ... all of it
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by balou
                    Those are gorgeous!
                    You must love AM Cassandre then.
                    I work while you are all asleep...


                    • #11
                      For a complete list (and with bigger pictures) of Fortune magazine covers from the 30s and 40s, check out:


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