There was a piece in the New York Times over the weekend about two small museums that are repositories of nostalgic collections, one for ventriloquist dummies, and one for retail signs. It reminded me of the amazing resource the web has become for esoterica.
For those interested in package design there are some very interesting places to go. Here are just a few places I have uncovered that go beyond the popular beauty sites like dieline.com and lovelypackage.com.
The American Package Museum is curated by Ian House and has some interesting historical images of well-known brands.
To see how packaging is used in vintage advertising go to adclassix.com,
There are sites for specific types of packaging like, collectiblesodacans.com, the soda can library, antiquebottles.com, historic glass bottles, rustycans.com, the beer can museum, capemaycountybottles.com, or milkbottlecollectors.com.
For an incredible look at historic jazz album covers go to a Swedish site, birkajazz.com.
As I said this is just the beginning of what is available. Have fun!