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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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VINTAGE ILLUSTRATED BOOKS BY PERE CASTOR

Bravo, Tortue(Bravo Tortoise), 1950; 7″ x 8 1/4″ Last week we met, Christina, working at our beloved Cafe Neuf—here in Toronto for a 1 year hiatus from work at the Paris publisher, Flammarion. On hearing this from her, it was … 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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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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TIGHT SPOTS—AS SEEN BY VINTAGE GRAPHICS

We’ve had a (3-point) shot of excitement and dashed hopes these days, courtesy of the basketball Raptors of Toronto (“WE THE NORTH”). Playoff fever is a phenomenon worth thinking about, at an historical juncture where professional team sports have, to … Continue reading

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BUILT TO BLAZE—POCHOIR DESIGNS ON FIRE!

Apres le Diner dans le Parc 1924 Gazette du Bon Ton[GBT]; Andre Marty We’ve long been ardent admirers of the hand-colored art deco magic of pochoirs, especially those images displaying haute couture for sale. These works were the product of … Continue reading

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A TALE OF SIX GREAT GRAPHIC COVERS

Though it took longer to catch fire, the lithographic magazine has proved to be as capable of brilliant design and compelling timelessness as the vintage poster. Whereas the poster is limited to public wall display of a specific product or … Continue reading

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HOMAGE TO ART BY A GAMES MANUFACTURER

Calendar graphics tend to be highly charged impressions, designed to add a dash of fun or awe to mundane meanderings—pin-ups and land/or cityscapes seem to lead the charge.  We have a calendar, for 1930, of fine offset renditions of linoleum … Continue reading

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THE BIG TOP—SURPRISINGLY AND CHARMINGLY SUBDUED

We’re looking forward to the upcoming Cirque du Soleil show in September. Having been thrilled by several of their shows, we know we can count on feats of dynamic marvel to send us home more alert than when we arrive.

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