Category Archives: Illustration Art

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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A VINTAGE GRAPHIC TOUR THROUGH NEW CARS & OLD CARS!

Electric cars are on the road right now and we have to pause and savor what a shift they bring our way. As you can see from the beautiful and critically acclaimed example shown here, namely, the Tesla Model S … Continue reading

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FORTUNE AND THE EXCITING BEAUTIES UNDERLYING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

When it comes to vintage magazine graphics, we all tend to focus on the often breathtaking covers, and perhaps one or two ads and article illustrations that really pop. In conveying to you what amazing value inheres in such items … Continue reading

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MEDAL-WINNING OLYMPICS POSTERS !!

Olympics posters come to us as  a very mixed bag. Last week we were pleased to see  First Canadian Place, putting up some medal-worthy graphics for the non-stop sport center popping up in the foyer. 

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AIRPLANE GRAPHICS—THE SKY’S THE LIMIT!

     Hier/Aujourd’hui Air Show  1931 ;S.Peratt ;46″ x 61 1/2″   In 1931, the composition in the foreground Aujourd’hui was very today (while the white, biplane figure was very yesterday). Time flies. But the mystery and romance of people travelling in the … Continue reading

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WOMAN’S HOME COMPANION–DOMESTICITY WITH AN EDGE

“Woman’s Home Companion” is not a (magazine) name to immediately bring to mind an imperative of the mysterious side of life. Practical food ingredients, toothpaste, floor wax, Arch Preserver Shoes (allowing the little lady to get back on the golf … Continue reading

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ROSE ET NOIR (UPBEAT AND DOWNBEAT)

L’Ombre de la Liberte (1931)Paul Iribe;12  ½” x 10”;litho I of IX from Rose et Noir In 1931, the Nicolas Paris-based wine store chain, produced a deluxe lithographic project , titled, Rose et Noir. This effort was a bid to … Continue reading

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PATRIZIA MOROSO—BRINGING MYSTERY INTO FURNITURE

At first glance you might find this an unremarkable glimpse of modern chairs at a design show. But look again, at the details of these two chairs. In the foreground, the chair’s coloration traces (from left to right) an ebbing … Continue reading

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PIERRE BONNARD—A COLORIST THRILLED BY WORLDS LACKING COLOR

A plaza at sunset, and the starlings fill the skies with their inventive motions. The populace discovers a Paris few of us know. Bonnard’s subdued lithograph intends to be savored for a long time. Don’t rush away, or you’ll miss … Continue reading

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