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CARDBOARD, BUT FAR FROM TACKY—ORIGINAL VINTAGE PLACARDS!

Rhum Tamaris c.1940; Anonymous; 14 1/4″ x 10 1/4″; A-,Cdbd. We’re beginning this survey from our placard collection, with a very simple design, a photograph of a pretty girl replete with accessories apt for the tropical production areas of rum. … Continue reading

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THE GOLDEN, EDGY FASCINATION OF FORTUNE MAGAZINE, JUNE, 1933

Naysayers notwithstanding, this is, for me, an irresistible graphic design. It graces the back cover of an issue of lithographically and journalistically advanced Fortune Magazine, and was published 81 years ago. First a concept: it takes guts for a bride … Continue reading

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SPORTING LIFE IN ORIGINAL VINTAGE POSTERS

Cycles France 1920s; A. Bernat; 63″ x 47″ World Cup Soccer, the Tour de France, Wimbledon…we live in fabulous times for those of us who love the world of sports. The darkness of this graphic design so aptly captures the … Continue reading

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DELICIOUS ITALIAN VINTAGE GRAPHICS

Sorrento 1955; Mario Puppo; 39″x25 3/4″ The other evening we were enjoying a delicious meal at Tutti Matti, an Italian restaurant we love, and we began to consider the qualities of the preparations, wine, liqueur and coffee, not to mention … Continue reading

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MAKING A BEAUTIFUL MESS—KONTAKTHOF BY PINA BAUSCH

One of the most magic moments of the fare provided by the Toronto Luminato Art Festival every June came our way a few days ago, in the form of the Pina Bausch Wuppertal Dance Theatre performing one of their classics, … Continue reading

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GRAPHIC CIVILIZATION AND WILD ANIMALS

ggg Antelope 1989;Kazumasa Nagai;41″x29″ It might be a good idea to begin our embrace of original vintage poster design’s focus upon animals, by way of a creature’s-eye-view of what is thrilling. The work shown above, Kazumasa Nagai’s reverie on the … Continue reading

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AT THE CAPTAIN’S TABLE—THE GOOD LIFE AS GLIMPSED BY VINTAGE CRUISE SHIP MENUS

One of the most ephemeral instances of original vintage graphic poster art comes to us in the form of menus for the cruise ship pleasures of fine food and companionship in the days when “going on a cruise” was a … Continue reading

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SURREALIST GRAPHIC ART—BIGGER THAN YOU THINK!

We’ve gotten together before, on this blog site, to mutually marvel at the impact of original vintage poster art with a Surrealist twist, as an ardent exponent of some of the most incisive reflections upon the subject and lifeline of … Continue reading

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WHAT HAPPENED? BALLET’S BIG SURPRISE!

We tend to think of ballet as a field of design effort—not unlike original vintage posters—as a bastion of antiquated ways. We know how inaccurate that supposition is, when it comes to vintage graphic art as whipping up a tornado … Continue reading

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DOORS OPEN TORONTO—OPENING OUR EYES!

Toronto’s recent building boom has galvanized, as never before those living here to try to understand the riches of design skills and efforts going into all this change. Consequently, the May weekend festival of visits to architectural highlights, called DOORS … Continue reading

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