SPEAKING OF PICTURES: A VINTAGE GRAPHICS BLOG

ANIMATING THE SILENCE OF NATURE IN VINTAGE POSTERS and GRAPHIC ART

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We tend to regard the presence of nature being largely passive, a stage upon which humankind acts and exploits. However, there is another way to see this matter, and our vintage poster and graphic blog today wants to suggest its fascination.

Of course hurricanes, wildfires and blizzards can be very persuasive. But beyond such drama, there is a quiet, constant flow by way of completing the way we realize our days. Our taking up seemingly inert structures has in fact a dovetailing of people and the usually ignored input around us. Perception is more than one-way.

Our first instance of this rendezvous employs allegory to suggest the mysterious interplay between beast and human. Both sides of the equation. The sun, the skies and the trees show a wealth of cogent beauty. That large container being held implies the bounty of such an embrace.

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CANADIAN VINTAGE POSTERS and GRAPHICS EXPRESSING FULL FORCE

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There has evolved, within the metier of vintage lithographic posters, perhaps due to its Parisian roots, a premium upon refinement. Most of our inventory is designed to be drop-dead ravishing. Today’s  vintage poster  blog searches out qualities of a different calibre, which is to say, the lesser handsome but the greater generosity and verve.Our first example–“Jump to it, Canada”–deploys the wild hyperbole of a long jump spanning the Atlantic to start a new and better and warm life. The figure is not some matinee idol, but instead a rough-hewn little bloke thrilled to be part of a chance.

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GOING ON A CRUISE via VINTAGE CRUISE MENUS

 

R.M.S. Ascania;Anne Farrow;10 1/2″ x 8 1/4″;June 3, 1954

We in the vintage posters and graphics business are constantly encountering times gone by, often never to return. As such, there becomes for us a bittersweet obligation to recognize what has passed, not simply in its concrete technology, but in the specific sensibilities arising from it–so passionate and so easily lost from recalling.

Very recently, however, the nature of change (Covid-19 pandemic) has become crazily problematic–not merely prone to adjustments of actions but of the obliterations themselves. One of the more fascinating phenomena partaking of this crash is the cruise ship  entertainment. Only a few months ago this treat-for-millions was a solid bet to last forever. And, therefore, by way of our inventory of lithographically produced cruise-ship menus, from yesteryear, we aim to evoke not only a change of direction, but perhaps a complete disappearance. Now that quite deadly invisible assaults are everywhere, what would an end game look like?

More than ever, then, we embrace those memories of bygone voyages, from the perspective of their personal-memento gift menus, specifically dated, in hopes for a lingering of how the meal lifted their hearts.

The graphic artistry on display of our first selection “Cunard Menu,” Thursday, June 3, 1954, carries a remarkable power to go for broke, to become somewhat more daring henceforth.

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EXPLORING  TUNNELS AND BRIDGES IN VINTAGE POSTERS AND GRAPHICS 

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Although various versions of tunnels and bridges have been with us for many centuries, the ones, we in graphic-land know, are of quite recent vintage. We can and will delight here, in the heart, dazzle and beauty of such projects. But why not, we say, when we’re at it, disclose that such functionality has a special magic streaming back to times when know-it-alls and their phones were not in the way (though they found, no doubt, other impediments).

With the Industrial Revolution, there began to take over within such precincts, a preparation of academic study by which to systematically facilitate better safety, speed and volume. All to the good, of course; but, with such complications, the early craftspeople would have somewhat handed over their muscular wizardry, the full stake of their activity as carnal creators. We seldom reflect upon such a capitulation. But perhaps we should, because developments like these are too important to be left by brain stations.

Therefore, as we ooh and  aah about vintage posters showing attractions of one type of poetry, it may be very useful to keep in mind that such heavy lifting in the past could have harbored a culture we still need, though by way of other avenues.

Our first instance, with its modernist ambience, within a context of departing the old, in order to be mysteriously, troublingly, matter-of fact,  all-but becomes a phantom, a production of much mathematics and flimsy physicality.

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VINTAGE POSTERS THAT PROVIDE US FOOD FOR THOUGHT!

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A feature of our vintage poster collection which we’ve ignored until now, may have surfaced at last, on account of the hard times having defined our days by Covid-19 pandemic. The vast production of food and beverage posters not only announce a product to enjoy, but they revel in the plenitude of modern life. Such a display turns a corner now, by which want becomes rampant.

Of course the past century experienced starvation. But not often in the zone where lithographic advertising has flourished. This year’s bad news has changed all that. Therefore, as we make a survey of works not often in the spotlight, we realize the bounties in a new perspective.

Our first instance, then, becomes a poster boy of sunny times and the produce easily being allowed to distribute.   Continue reading

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VISITING OUR GALLERY IN APRIL FOR MORE FAVORITE VINTAGE POSTERS!

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With this second wave of favorite vintage posters from our collection, we’ll concentrate upon the uncanniness of figures deriving their powers from more or less out of this world. There are very few deliveries more apt in this matter than lithographic poster art, in the hands of geniuses of making imagery crackle upon minty paper.

As we have frequently maintained, the great advertising artists of the early twentieth century were about setting in relief a rare height of newness that held the hope of stepping forward to intensities and subtleties never experienced before. Our first example might appear to be just a pin-up, until you realize that the subject is electric lighting and the deep mystery therein—the facilities providing dazzlement as well as range. The vignette, with its sculptural twins toasting the bridge from fire to a new brightness, deploys pin-up art for the sake of  candidness.    Continue reading

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VISITING OUR GALLERY IN MARCH FOR SOME FAVORITE VINTAGE POSTERS!

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We have thrilled to many great lithographic vintage posters coming our way over the past 33 years. Although the overriding motive has been what is saleable and affordable (as well as distinguished), we have had many moments of simply being dazzled by the artistry and craftsmanship so superlative as to be magic, and a significant part of our life. We’ll present such frissons in the course of several blogs. Here are the first waves. 

What strikes us, by way of the great Leonetto Cappiello’s “Buvez du Vin” (1933), is the sense of normality being unable, by way of the French wine, to resist far more than normality. The concentration of the various grapes describes the map of France itself–but a France devoted to the stars. 

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FROM FARM TO TABLE CAPTURED BY VINTAGE POSTERS

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While global warming complicates the need for nourishment these days, from the perspective of our vintage poster reservoir we cruise along quite alright. Though the strengths of 75 or so years ago might have little to do for the ominous times we live in, we might still convey that here there are many fertile areas and farmers savvy enough to keep things humming.

Our focus in today’s blog is to maintain that the gusto of farm work and the gusto of enjoyment of food and drink are still well alive and kicking, in both corporate and artisanal versions. (Lose the virtues of food, and you’re truly lost.)

Our first instance involves an extended farm family headed toward their neighbors’–perhaps on the occasion of a new baby. (That the service promoted here pertains to hail insurance would be a striking prescience in alerting a crisis.) The sense of well-being and optimism is palpable–agriculture with powerful roots!     Continue reading

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WHITE AS SNOW, WARM AS FIRE: THE FACTOR OF WHITE IN VINTAGE POCHOIR GRAPHICS

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In Paris (and elsewhere in France), you’ll notice how many of the structures have chosen variants of white for their surfaces. From distant centuries, they tell us their subtleties and their heart.

Not surprisingly, then, the reservoir of French visual art would display that element in various ways. One of the searchlights shining therewith has been the art deco deftness blazing in the early days of the twentieth century. And, to narrow the phenomenon to its most incisive dimension, we present here the hand-colored lithography of pochoir printing, being arguably the most deluxe area, when advertising apparel in journals, often sent gratis to wealthy buyers.

Disposing, this time, with the production details and companies producing these gems, we’ll concentrate upon the chromatic impacts rippling within vignettes, often ironic and always intelligent. Here the lady, in black and gold, simulates her tower-quality by way of cornerstones at the jacket’s edges. Her whippet would be a sort of calling card, redolent of her domain. Thereby, the somewhat frozen figure cherishes a vast menu of sensibility dovetailing to her surroundings.    Continue reading

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MOSAIC MAGIC COLLECTION Part Two

pheasant

Though we all know birds trace back to dinosaurs, so many species are so streamlined these days they seem to be very recent. Here, however, though not looking prehistoric, the pheasant is given a definitely old-fashioned brand. Its modest brown variations throughout its body–with a slight redness at the top to puzzle hunters–recalls an old-timey pleasure. The face, with its enhanced eyes and sombre green collar, has something retro about it. This stylization lends  an iconic tone to Christine’s fine treasure. (We recall her lovely remark, “The pheasant is a present.”)   Continue reading

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