Categories / Art and Photography, Books, Design and Interiors

Postcards from Puffin: 100 Book Covers in One Box


Fans of vintage literature and 20th century design will no doubt love Postcards from Puffin: 100 Book Covers in One Box.

It is just that, 100 postcards in a books-shaped box, each of the postcards featuring a different classic/iconic cover from a Puffin gem you might well remember from childhood.

70 years of British design and illustration history in one box – and yours for just £7.29.

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Categories / Architecture, Toys and Games

Lego 20th Century Architecture Sets now available in the UK


We featured these some time back, but after a quick browse of the Lego website, we've just noticed that the Lego Architecture Sets are now available in the UK.

We mentioned two originally, but now there are four US architectural classics on the market – the Empire State Building, the Seattle Space Needle, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and last, but certainly not least, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater construction, which is pictured above.

All are detailed replicas, all come with booklets detailing the design and the history. Just make sure you've got plenty of time to build them. An image of the Guggenheim is over the page, with prices starting at £19.99. Here's to some of the same from Lego.

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Categories / Art and Photography, Books

Modern British Posters by Paul Rennie


If you are interested in how the poster developed as a means of communication in the 20th century (and indeed, interested in looking at some classic poster art), you'll want to pick up a copy of Modern British Posters by Paul Rennie.

Paul Rennie looks at the poster and its impact on all walks of life over the last century, their cultural significance as means of mass communication and how they developed over those years.  The posters cover topics as broad as transport, new towns, art, architecture, the seaside and popular culture, with works from the likes of Paul Nash, Edward Bawden, Edward McKnight Kauffer, Abram Games, Peter Max and Tom Eckersley featured.

Public and corporate artwork is becoming more valuable as the years pass, making Modern British Posters a perfect reference tool as well as an interesting read. Available in hardback from Black Dog Publishing, the 192-page book sells for just over £25. Check out an image from the book over the page.

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Categories / Film and TV

London on Film DVDs

London on film

More views of London, this time through archival footage courtesy of the London on Film DVDs. The collection of eight DVDs is the result of a collaboration between Independent Film Studios and ITN Source New Classics – ITN's historical archive.

Each DVD is about an hour long and uses the historical news footage to focus on a different aspect of the city's history, covering quite a diverse range of topics: there's two on the history of the East End starting from 1900 and going up to the 70s, two on London in the 50s, while the others look at the Krays, Lost Docks, Railways and Haunted London. There are plans to release 100 DVDs in the London on Film series over the next five years so, if nothing appeals to you there, there's bound to be something to capture your interest eventually. 

The DVDs cost £9.99 each. 

Buy them from Archive Film shop