Mary Evans collection of the week: Retrograph

Label design, The Tiger safety matches, made in Sweden. circa 1900

The Retrograph Collection is a fabulously vibrant archive of commercial and graphic design pieces from the early to mid-20th century. Brimming with retro chic, interesting typography and stylish design elements, the collection numbers over 3000 images.

From the abstract geometrical shapes of art deco chocolate box designs to classic labels for sloe gin, rum and tea, not to mention hundreds of striking adverts and kitsch items, this collection is a riot of texture, pattern and colour, and would add a vintage touch to any design project. 

Click here to get a great flavour of this archive.

Picture credit: label design, The Tiger safety matches, made in Sweden ©Retrograph / Mary Evans