Category Archives: Illustrators

REVISITING PERE CASTOR’S SERIES OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS

When I, in the 1990’s first encountered the Pere Castor stories (primarily from the 1930s), it was the illustrative and lithographic strengths which enchanted me. Then, on getting down to the French texts, I was delighted anew by the deft … Continue reading

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WORKPLACE WORKS IN THE FORM OF VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART

http://www.idesirevintageposters.com/transportation-fly-boac-takes-good-care-of-you-c.1955-gold.html The way we work for a living transmits much about the historical moment and possibilities of fruitful interaction. The team-work depicted photographically in our first vintage poster is about treating others royally to ensure market share. But it is … Continue reading

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ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL AND THE OCEAN OF INVENTION

Sometimes vacation travel carries us farther than we expect. Our visit to Cape Breton began with the village of Baddeck which overlooks the estate of Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) and counts among its many folksy attractions the in fact remarkably non-folksy museum … Continue reading

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A FORGOTTEN FORTUNE, APPEARING IN FORTUNE MAGAZINE

After years of sustaining a series of vintage design displays, we’re returning to the first instance (posted back on November 4,2014). But here we’re not about the witty and dazzling deco cover and the fascinating, quirky business concerns (such as … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POSTER ART PLUMBING THE DEPTHS OF BEACHES

http://www.idesirevintageposters.com/sports-la-cote-basque-1957.html For a pretty low-key phenomenon, visiting a beach serves up a startling range of priorities and presences. Vintage graphic design had been enlisted into maintaining a critical edge for the commercial interests of the sites; and thereby we reap … Continue reading

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DOMINANT COLOR IN VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART

http://www.idesirevintageposters.com/entertainment-blue-velvet-1986.html Vintage graphic designers could ramp up, by way of the factor of color, the attraction of a presentation to be sold. Moreover, they could and did confine the color palette to one dominant hue, to introduce special effects. Film … Continue reading

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PAN VINTAGE GRAPHICS: A SUMMIT OF ART DECO AMBITION

http://www.idesirevintageposters.com/small-format-gems-bourjois-1928.html Paul Poiret (1879-1944) is a name, like Coco Chanel, steeped in high-life Parisian design. But whereas the latter name endures, the former does not. And yet Poiret was a fashion pacesetter whose audaciously loose-fitting, streamline presences for wealthy and … Continue reading

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THE NORMANDIE: A PARAGON OF ART DECO DESIGN

Normandie Cover 1935;Paul Iribe;12″x 9 1/2″;Booklet ; 26pp The architecture of cruise ships comes in many sizes, styles and levels of competence and inspiration. Graphic design master, Paul Iribe (1883-1935), way back in 1934, became so galvanized, despite being close … Continue reading

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PERFECT POISE IN GRAPHIC DESIGN

http://www.idesirevintageposters.com/graphic-design-la-femme-aux-paons-1897.html There are graphic designs the touch of which is well worth considering in detail. Whereas many artists have developed lithographic nuancing in the form of chromatic gradations and air brushing to create resonant, even mysterious, atmospheres, a few others … Continue reading

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An Epochal Transformation within the Covers of a Vintage Magazine

16 ” x 12″ The long-standing deluxe French magazine, L’Illustration, was wont to pull out the stops in gifting its readers in the Christmas edition a feast for the mind and eyes. The edition of 1923 (consisting of 250 pages) went even … Continue reading

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