Between 1866 and 1939, the Queenslander made a weekly summary of the Brisbane Courier, now The Courier Mail, newspaper available to the regional and outlying areas of Australia's Queensland state. These stunning illustrated covers from the 1920s and 1930s, culled from the State Library of Queensland public domain collection on Flickr Commons, offer beautiful depictions of life, from the mundane to the monumental, with vignettes ranging from the daily grind in Queensland to major local and national events.

queenslander1.jpg

queenslander2.jpg

queenslander3.jpg

queenslander4.jpg

queenslander5.jpg

queenslander6.jpg

queenslander7.jpg

queenslander8.jpg

queenslander9.jpg

queenslander10.jpg

queenslander11.jpg

For more vintage Australian design goodness, don't forget the charming 1978 animated film One Designer, Two Designer, comically exploring what makes good and bad design.

Image: State Library of Queensland/Flickr.

TEMPLATEBrainPickings04.jpg

This post also appears on Brain Pickings.