Category Archives: Modernist Posters&Graphics

MODERNIST GRAPHIC DESIGN (IN ITS MOST RECENT INCARNATION)

Exposition Internationale Coloniale (Antwerp) 1930;Anonymous; 16″ x 23″ The notion of the “modern” in creative output became compelling near the end of the nineteenth century. At that time industrialization and its drastic reconfiguration of urban socioeconomic life had reached proportions … Continue reading

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THEY MAKE YOU LOOK!

The other day, while on a bike ride to the outer limits of Toronto’s East, we saw a family of wild turkeys in a wildlife preserve. Immediately our attention was absorbed by that delicate and resilient energy. Such magnetism finds … Continue reading

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ENCHANTED FORESTS IN VINTAGE POSTERS

A visit, last weekend, to one of the many forested areas not far from Toronto, has directed our attention to the unique qualities of vintage graphic art taking its bearings from the sensuous magic of such subtly robust places.

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COMING OF AGE—ON THE SILVER SCREEN AND IN ORIGINAL VINTAGE POSTERS

Buy U.S. War Stamps Bonds 1942; Al Parker; 20” x 14 ¼”; A-,L The film, BOYHOOD, is a coming-of-age creation, with a difference. It particularly reminds us that in the golden era of graphic design (and right up to the present) this irresistible … Continue reading

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THE ELEMENT OF DARKNESS IN VINTAGE GRAPHIC DESIGN

Chicago Go Greyhound c. 1960 ; Rod Ruth; 40” x 30”; A-, P Nocturnal imagery has a long-standing record of providing special impacts. In the vintage poster shown above, it lends an aura of mystery to the skyline of Chicago, the better to illuminate … Continue reading

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CARDBOARD, BUT FAR FROM TACKY—ORIGINAL VINTAGE PLACARDS!

Rhum Tamaris c.1940; Anonymous; 14 1/4″ x 10 1/4″; A-,Cdbd. We’re beginning this survey from our placard collection, with a very simple design, a photograph of a pretty girl replete with accessories apt for the tropical production areas of rum. … Continue reading

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SPORTING LIFE IN ORIGINAL VINTAGE POSTERS

Cycles France 1920s; A. Bernat; 63″ x 47″ World Cup Soccer, the Tour de France, Wimbledon…we live in fabulous times for those of us who love the world of sports. The darkness of this graphic design so aptly captures the … Continue reading

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DELICIOUS ITALIAN VINTAGE GRAPHICS

Sorrento 1955; Mario Puppo; 39″x25 3/4″ The other evening we were enjoying a delicious meal at Tutti Matti, an Italian restaurant we love, and we began to consider the qualities of the preparations, wine, liqueur and coffee, not to mention … 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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WHAT HAPPENED? BALLET’S BIG SURPRISE!

We tend to think of ballet as a field of design effort—not unlike original vintage posters—as a bastion of antiquated ways. We know how inaccurate that supposition is, when it comes to vintage graphic art as whipping up a tornado … Continue reading

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