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Forgotten Chicago- Snappy Service Station restaurant.

     I drive by this everyday.A few weeks ago we noticed that the facade had been stripped, revealing a gorgeous 1930’s enamel- tiled original front.And a beaming sign that readsSNAPPY SERVICE SYSTEM5¢.A little google digging reveals:Forgotten Chicago research department went to the Newberry Library to go through Chicago white and yellow pages from 1925 to 1959, looking for “Snappy Service System” restaurant locations. The Snappy Service System restaurant recently revealed at 1141 North Ashland was curiously not listed in any of the phone books examined.  Following are the Snappy Service Systems restaurants listed from 1934 (the first time these…

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mothers day loot

Mothers day is right around the corner, friends. It’s time to show your mom’s how much you love them, with something sweet and memorable.Here are a few cards and gifts that I have been coming across, that I think would make any mom glow with happiness. mothers day cards: They always make them go “aw” and always melt their hearts. So make sure to get them one! House That Lars Built Rocket Ink Anemone Letterpress (This one is my favorite!) Printerette Press Small Gifts to say I love you. Odelae: hand bound journals. Beautiful and original love.  Schoolhouse Electric: Fill…

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Stumbled across this site ‘official mfg. co.’and fell head over heels in infatuation with –well-everything that they do.Here is a taste:Invites they designed for Spirit of 77, Ace Hotel Portland, Olympic Provisions & Clyde Common “Holiday” Party. Letterpressed fronts, stamped envelopes.check them out here

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I am a sucker for great graphic design. The other day I came across a company called P.A.R. based out of Barcelona. Their graphics are modern and fresh with a vintage twist. I am particularly drawn to their Strata Bakery project and their Shooting with Garlic project. Clean lines with colors and type that make a nod towards the past. Great seal, too! Can’t wait to see what else they come up with!  Best of both worlds if you ask me. Plus, they are dolls! Check out more here.

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