Category Archives: Poster&Graphic Art

WAY DOWN YONDER: A NEW DAY ON OLD TURF

We recently did some work with the R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, Louisiana. This, we have found to our delight, is a remarkable collection of American and European painting, sculpture, decorative art, vintage graphic art and vintage books (historical … Continue reading

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NOTHING SKETCHY ABOUT THE SKETCH

The British periodical known as The Sketch (1893-1959) took upon itself the project of showing “aristocracy” in a positive light. In addition to its coverage of expensive events and pampered heirs and heiresses, it was able to attract illustrators and–most … Continue reading

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THE SPECIAL MOMENT IN VIEW IN VINTAGE FORTUNE MAGAZINES

Back for a closer look at the design package that kicked off this blogsite (on September 3, 2012), we’re especially drawn to an ad (from the January, 1931 issue) for office furniture. The furniture itself is totally lacklustre. But the … Continue reading

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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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MAKING WAVES IN VINTAGE GRAPHIC  ART

This bustling locomotive, in addition to being a rare and somewhat oddly satisfying vintage poster, is a cue to looking closely at the varied and intriguing means of putting across motion (that delicious phenomenon) in eye-and-heart-catching visual advertisements. It may … 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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YUMMY! VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART IN RESTAURANT DECOR!

One of the most exciting kinds of projects at the outset of our vintage poster business was providing apt settings for restaurants. The phenomenon of enjoying a night of delicious food and wine in an inspired setting—inspired in the senses … 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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