The Land of Lost Content is the world’s largest archive of 20th and 21st century popular culture. This online resource is the result of a lifetime of collecting by Stella and Dave Mitchell who house their collection in the wonderful LOLC museum in Shropshire, and a lifetime of building a design research and inspiration resource by Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway from their Red or Dead days through to HemingwayDesign.

These collections are now online, searchable, downloadable and in many cases ready to be utilised by designers, marketing departments, advertising agencies, et al, for a very reasonable fee.

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Search a database of tens of thousands of images

Want an image of a lovely lady lying across the bonnet of a 1960’s hot rod?

The contents of a Second World War bomb shelter

Or a classic mid century modern room set?

A collection of washing powder packets from every decade of the 20th century?

The front cover of the first editions of magazines from Jackie through The Face and ID to Wallpaper.

Want to see vintage adverts from your clients, your rivals, your industry, your own company?

Try searching for “Cheesy model pointing into the distance”, “crimplene”, “mini skirts” or for any youth culture you can think of.

From cultural icons like Russ Abbott to Milli Vanilli they are all there.

Want an image of a “Straw Donkey from Benidorm”, or “a man in a shellsuit with a dodgy haircut, medallion and moustache”?

Or what about “That print on the living room wall in Abigail’s Party”?

There is the world’s largest collection of mass market art from Tretchikoff, through Margaret and Walter Keane, JH Lynch to Athena

Do you need inspiration for that next t shirt or textile print?

Are you a shoe designer who has been through kitten heels, stilettos, flats, square toe, pointed and round and now needs to think where next?

There are houses, apartments, public space, furniture designs, vintage fonts, illustrations

There are vintage greeting cards, post cards, record covers, instruction booklets etc

There are choppers, vintage toys, leather case footballs, basically just about everything covered in I love the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and if the BBC had covered the 50’s, 40’s, 30’s and 20’s they could have got everything they need from Land of Lost Content There are advertising, graphic, font, fashion, textiles, beauty, product design, photographic, architecture, landscape, transport, editorial ideas and images by the thousand and what is more, Land of Lost Content’s image library will grow on a weekly basis as we photograph more of our collections and add in stuff from collectors around the world

You can subscribe to the Land of Lost Content library on a daily, monthly or annual basis. Images to be reproduced in advertising, marketing materials, print media, TV and film, fashion / textile / product design are subject to additional fees

Our philosophy is to keep Land of Lost Content, simple fun, fast moving, affordable and above all a cultural archive that will be here forever. We are keeping overheads down, so don’t expect a call centre at the end of a phone to be there at your beck and call. Please use email ahead of a phone call and please try our Frequently asked Questions before emailing us.

The searching and pricing is simple; we have invested in robust computer programmes that should serve you quickly and efficiently. We are honest and honourable and would hope that users of LOLC reciprocate.

With regard to copyright we have highlighted subject matter where we haven’t been able to trace the originator …so if you know who any of these are then let us know …our aim is to ensure that everyone gets their fair dues.

If you can’t find what you want or there is a rich vein of cultural history that we are failing to mine, if you know a source, or if you want your collection on Land of Lost Content then contact us.

And keep coming back to us. It has taken 40 years to put this collection together and it will take years to photograph everything. The collection is also growing on a daily basis, we cant stop collecting.

Have a good rummage through.

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