Category Archives: Art Deco Posters&Graphics

ENLIVENING THE EVERYDAY—GREAT PHOTOS IN VINTAGE MAGAZINES (PART ONE)

There is a special mojo to be found in enjoying the upshot of effectively photographing workaday entities, a shimmer that is all the more powerful in remaining bound to materiality. Today we want to look at this phenomenon glowing from … Continue reading

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LIFE AT SEA: NAUTICAL GRAPHICS THAT STAY ON COURSE!

                              Crociere Estate (1935) Gino Boccasile;11″ x 8 1/4″;B+,P There is something hard to describe but quite overwhelming about vintage graphics that capture the play of light on the high seas. The figure shown here could have caught some rays … Continue reading

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MOBILIZING THE MASSES: GRAPHIC STRATEGIES IN TIMES OF WAR

                 Wings for Victory (1942)Manning de V. Lee; 33” x 16”;A-, P; calendar “Propaganda” is such an ugly word, don’t you think? Today we want to take a look at various ways graphic designers have elicited enthusiasm for unavoidable military … Continue reading

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BIG AND BOLD: LARGE FORMAT CLASSIC POSTER ART

                   Deauville 1920s Jean-Gabriel Domergue;47 3/4″ x 64 3/4″;A, LOur commitment to small-format graphic design brilliance is unwavering; but we also know that voluminous graphic presence facilitates rewards unattainable by modest scale. Need a jump-start after a tangled day? How … Continue reading

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BRINGING TO US THE SIZZLE OF LINE, COLOR AND TEXTURE—GEBRAUCHSGRAPHIK

The still life on this cover is a tipoff that the editors want us to consider here the reverb elicited by, first and foremost, awe-inspiring color lithography.

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NO BUSINESS FOR OLD MEN–THE EFFERVESCENCE OF GEBRAUCHSGRAPHIK

There are many ways of fathoming and enjoying graphic design from that arresting era when lithography was the primary innovative medium. One quite marvellous way we have not until now considered is the phenomenon of deluxe periodicals whereby exponents of … Continue reading

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BLACK AND RED: NOT MERE COLORS!

At the outset of lithographic poster communications (in the 1890′s), an inspired French designer, Jules-Alexandre Grun, hit upon color cues to evoke the addictive verve and uncanniness of Belle Epoque Paris delights.

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“LET’S GO, BOYS!” GENTLEMEN IN ADVERTISING

Whereas promotional graphics featuring women tend to zero in on the physical and intentional presence of their person, with men it’s the scope of the activity that is (usually) paramount.

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LADIES IN ADVERTISING

So often you’ll hear that advertising demeans women, that it tends to imply that they are mere physical entities with no more-elevated features. This seems a dynamite argument, until you stop to consider, “What’s wrong with physical riches?” Sure, calculative … Continue reading

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VALENTINES IN VINTAGE GRAPHICS

An old pop song runs, “Love is a many-splendored thing;” and we have the testimony of a vast array of graphic art to establish how varied loving relations can be. One of the more challenging but also. I think, more … Continue reading

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