Category Archives: Modernist Posters&Graphics

CHRISTMAS ANTHOLOGY OF CANADIAN STORIES (1965)–ILLUSTRATED  CHILDREN’S BOOK

Cover;12″ x 8 3/4″; 15pp. Original Printer’s Copy Far from good (and too dull to be naughty), our Christmas vintage graphic design blog is not without collateral interest. The writer, John F. Hayes, claims to be putting into print what began … Continue reading

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LITERATURE AFLOAT BY VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART & POSTERS  (PART TWO)

http://www.idesirevintageposters.com/publishing-ladies-home-journal-dec-1941.html Proceeding with the link of graphic art and literature, after the disappearance of the Belle Epoque and its internationally galvanized Romanticism, we find an intriguing change on the move. Gone are the rather precious, elaborate garments and the sense … Continue reading

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“GIVE A LITTLE WHISTLE” NORTH AMERICAN ILLUSTRATED CHILDREN’S PRODUCTIONS

Though in our searches in Europe for lilting graphic art, we have often thrilled to the remarkable resources of vintage children’s illustrated books, we find that our collection is almost empty of North American products. There is, however, a 78 … Continue reading

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DOMESTICITY IN VINTAGE POSTER ART

http://www.idesirevintageposters.com/pochoir-le-nid-de-pinsons-1922-gbt.html A pochoir tending to the home front comprises, for most people, an endless and fascinating endeavor. Thereby, when attracting a product, a graphic artist will often look to that scene for the means of winning over a customer to … Continue reading

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THE MEDITERRANEAN FACTOR IN VINTAGE POSTER ART

http://www.idesirevintageposters.com/travel-les-poissons-volants-c.1950.html The extraordinary beauty and mystery of the various shores and skies of the Mediterranean Sea become, in the Golden Age of lithographic poster art, portrayals serving the dawning of the Age of Consumerism. When you consider the transactions involved … Continue reading

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CATS AND DOGS (ON A PROMOTIONAL TEAR) IN VINTAGE GRAPHICS AND POSTERS 

First of all, the fact that cats and dogs carry a mystique that never ends translates into getting on the good side of prospective customers in the area of graphic art. Their grace and verve install them as powerful sights … Continue reading

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“AMERICA, AMERICA!” AS SEEN BY VINTAGE GRAPHIC POSTERS  (PART TWO)

http://www.idesirevintageposters.com/entertainment-nomads-of-the-north-c1920.html Complementing the hyperactive campaign of American life, there is a vigorous endeavor to demonstrate that the US is not only the wildest, but also the most democratically refined place the world has ever seen. Though this, mythos involves as … Continue reading

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“AMERICA, AMERICA!” AS SEEN BY VINTAGE POSTERS  (PART ONE)

  http://www.idesirevintageposters.com/transportation-hawaii-by-clipper-pan-american-world-airways-1948.html Love it or hate it, America is a big story on this little planet! Graphic designers know that its non-stop show-time flicks out a special pop we can’t stop watching. In our two-part coverage of this extravaganza we’ll … Continue reading

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IN TIME FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES: HOW SPORTS FIT IN, AS SEEN BY VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART

http://www.idesirevintageposters.com/small-format-gems-up-and-over-c.1940.html There are many sports moments for fun and many sports crescendos for profit. What could be more mainstream and easy to understand? Actually, when you take a steady look at these phenomena, they get surprisingly complicated! For every activity … Continue reading

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BOATS, BUILDINGS AND BREAKTHROUGHS IN VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART

http://www.idesirevintageposters.com/transportation-les-poissons-volants-c.1950.html The other day, we attended a design show where two of the speakers were Jay Osgerby, from London, and Alex Mustonen, from Brooklyn. Osgerby’s account of the erudition, planning and energy as to materials, functions and composition was a … Continue reading

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