Category Archives: Art Deco Posters&Graphics

FALL FASHIONS OF LONG AGO—STILL YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME

  Salo de Creacions 1935;Gerard;19 ¼” x 13 ¼”;A, L Fall fashions and Halloween come together where we live, due to most of the population being intent on playing out (every day, every season) some variant of Road Warrior—a bit … Continue reading

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MODERNIST GRAPHIC DESIGN (IN ITS MOST RECENT INCARNATION)

Exposition Internationale Coloniale (Antwerp) 1930;Anonymous; 16″ x 23″ The notion of the “modern” in creative output became compelling near the end of the nineteenth century. At that time industrialization and its drastic reconfiguration of urban socioeconomic life had reached proportions … Continue reading

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MAKING WAVES IN VINTAGE GRAPHIC  ART

This bustling locomotive, in addition to being a rare and somewhat oddly satisfying vintage poster, is a cue to looking closely at the varied and intriguing means of putting across motion (that delicious phenomenon) in eye-and-heart-catching visual advertisements. It may … Continue reading

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YUMMY! VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART IN RESTAURANT DECOR!

One of the most exciting kinds of projects at the outset of our vintage poster business was providing apt settings for restaurants. The phenomenon of enjoying a night of delicious food and wine in an inspired setting—inspired in the senses … Continue reading

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COMING OF AGE—ON THE SILVER SCREEN AND IN ORIGINAL VINTAGE POSTERS

Buy U.S. War Stamps Bonds 1942; Al Parker; 20” x 14 ¼”; A-,L The film, BOYHOOD, is a coming-of-age creation, with a difference. It particularly reminds us that in the golden era of graphic design (and right up to the present) this irresistible … Continue reading

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THE ELEMENT OF DARKNESS IN VINTAGE GRAPHIC DESIGN

Chicago Go Greyhound c. 1960 ; Rod Ruth; 40” x 30”; A-, P Nocturnal imagery has a long-standing record of providing special impacts. In the vintage poster shown above, it lends an aura of mystery to the skyline of Chicago, the better to illuminate … Continue reading

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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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