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Shelf Life

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  7 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Shows and describes antique packaging for cosmetics, grooming products, food, beverages, health care products, cigarettes, auto care products, office products, games, puzzles, and art supplies.
Paperback, 120 pages
Published August 1st 1992 by Chronicle Books (CA)
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Nov 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction, art
While this is a serious sounding history of modern package design, 1920 -1945, it is a collection of incredibly fun images. While modern design could be serious (see the homages to Modigliani and Tolouse Lautrec on p 15), most of these are just fun. Jankowski sneaks in his instruction; before reading this, I never would have seen the connection between the elegant cosmetics cases of the 1920s and the cartoon robots on the Tekno-Krazy board game box.
I wish there had been a little more historical
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
The writer is a bit of a dink (way too many sentences that sound like they came out of some book report or a college paper). But the book has a nice design, and a lot of the stuff was very fun to look at indeed.
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