Do the fashions of past decades inspire you to want to make your own clothes? A good starting point may be this book, The Vintage Pattern Selector: The Sewer's Guide to Choosing and Using Retro Styles?
We're huge fans of this kind of artwork. In fact, we've bought a couple (for not a lot of cash) at auction in the past. If you also have a soft spot for public information posters, you might want to order Keep Britain Tidy: And Other Posters from the Nanny State by Hester Vaizey.