A reflection on ever-changing design choices: Some photo print envelopes and inserts, 1950's - 1990's (flickr link)
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A sampling of photo print envelopes and inserts, 1950's - 1990's! (22 images)
My Friend Topic was going through some old family photos recently, and gathered together a stack of some of the assorted envelopes and various inserts that so many of the old prints had been packaged with after processing.
Looking through them, I was struck by how even in such a seemingly lower echelon of print ephemera, the graphic design choices employed in these 'throwaway' items still tell a fair bit about each of their respective eras.
- - And not surprisingly, for me the earlier graphics are capable of striking some chord of nostalgia or warmth that diminishes in the more recent examples.
Even in such a banal item, the fifties and sixties stuff has an 'allure' to the design that's barely perceptible by the '80's, and virtually non-existent by the '90's.
As with so many other design choices, I have to wonder if somehow things from the 1990's will seem more visually appealing in fifty years.
Please follow this link to my flickr set: A sampling of photo print envelopes and inserts, 1950's - 1990's! (22 images)