20 BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE TINS

During my career as a lettering artist I collected tons of inspiring imagery of vintage graphics which crossed my path while browsing through the world wide web. Especially the artistic lettering and ornamentation from antiquated packaging fascinates me a lot. I guess nowadays it is hard to find products which stand out due to a high level of craftsmanship – from the in and outside. However I think there is a little comeback nowadays and decorated packaging design has a revival.

So in this article I want to show you a collection of my favourite tin designs. I hope you enjoy and find some inspiration for your own projects. If you have and questions, feedback or suggestions for next blog posts, please comment below :)

11 comments

Refreshingly beautiful, the attention to detail takes you in! Thank you for sharing

LA Krupnick August 13, 2020

Wow nice collection. Detail great thanks a lot letting me admire them!!!!

Karen Callaway July 16, 2020

This reminds me of vintage fruit crate labels. The artwork in some of these is spectacular.

james schell July 16, 2020

These are so beautiful and inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

Leanda June 23, 2020

Tobi – as I said before, “You Guys are A-W-E-S-O-M-E!” It is nice to see what you are doing to preserve a legacy and art form. Kudos, and thank you for being here.

Étienne Paré May 29, 2020

Beautiful tins. These designs were the reaction of artists/designers to the industrial age where everything was looking machined and over simplified. Mass production was ruining the beauty of the created object. This was the birth of the Art Nouveau era (about 1890-1915). Organic and “flowery” ornamentation with muted natural tones were the motif. It was quickly followed by the Art Deco age that gave us some of the most distinctive historic architecture surviving in some of our larger cities. Heavily ornate but more geometric form with symmetry and resplendent with gold! As the modern age developed from here, the concept of “form follows function” and simplification emerged. I just read an interesting article that suggested that modern design has come to it’s most natural conclusion with extreme minilism. There is very little “human” about it. The suggestion was made that 2020-21 will see a turning from this design form to perhaps a fresh new approach to these earlier art periods.

Ruthie Osa May 28, 2020

What a beautiful collection! Thanks for sharing!

Amy Sager February 04, 2020

Great images! Thank you for posting them large enough to see the detail. Do you have an idea as to the date ranges of these products? I’m doing a project that takes place between 1870 – 1915 and I curious what trends existed then. These look like they’re likely early turn of the 20th century. But how early I wonder?

Anyway, keep up the good work!

Cal February 04, 2020

This is a nice collection of tins from a span of ad artwork styles. It’s interesting to see the variety of styles and approaches used. Great inspiration!
Thanks for showing this.

Brian Fuelleman February 04, 2020

Beautiful and inspiring images – thank you for sharing these with us! From looking at these tins it seems to me that advertising artists of the past believed a beautiful package would compel consumers to purchase the item if only to have a small piece of art in their home… or maybe that’s the kind of consumer I am? They’re lovely.

Kathy Weeks February 04, 2020

Your work – every inch of it….is truly awesome. Not being proficient on any design platforms, I truly enjoy enjoy ‘window shopping’ when I need time out from the daily grind! Thanks Tobias

Cornell February 04, 2020

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