I knew very little about Gebrauchsgraphik, but a quick Google search revealed that the publication was a "German monthly journal for visual communication and artistic advertising." After browsing many issues I now understand why Gebrauchsgraphik is one of the most blogged-about vintage design magazines. Published in both German and English, the articles cover a broad range of subjects, among them graphic design, advertising, illustration and typography.
The magazine covers I've included in this post are a great example of the kind of work I find inspiring: a wonderful mix of illustration and design. Filled with ultra-modern 1960s visual images, the magazine was truly international in scope and assembled classic examples of the early pop and avant-garde art movements in Europe.
My discovery was a lucky find, but Issues of Gebrauchsgraphik are available on eBay. Older issues from the '30s and '40s sell for about $30 and up, but my favorites, from the '60s and '70s, start around $15 an issue. Of course, the best place to begin a search is your local used book store. Sometimes you get the bonus of finding unexpected items tucked between the pages: the long forgotten letters, ticket stubs and receipts that time forgot. There's even a wonderful website dedicated to things found in books, the appropriately-named thingsinbooks.com.