Friday, December 26, 2008

Allied (brand) Squid Can Label from WWII

Here is a Cannery Row, Monterey, California squid label from the 1940s. This Allied brand squid label is the type of plain label that was used on cans that were meant for military use during WWII. Most of the sardine and squid labels I have found that were meant for military use had a simple white or pale yellow background like this one. These kinds of labels remind me of modern day private label food packaging which is often very simple and using only a few ink colors. If you want to see more vintage California squid or sardine labels go to

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays!

I liked this image so much I stole it from today's blog post at: I guess we're not the only people that like squid although I think for different reasons.

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(Hine Mizushima, a Vancouver based illustrator/animator who makes great squid art and amazing They Might Be Giants videos, recently posted a wonderful "Beware of Giant Squid" holiday card that she made two years ago. The next time you walk by a public Christmas Tree you might think of the happy giant squid that lurks below the surface.

illustration by Hine Mizushima)

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