SPEAKING OF PICTURES: A VINTAGE GRAPHICS BLOG

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

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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 many holes of a Swiss cheese, there is enough evidence of widespread solicitude to sustain the paradox of rampaging gentility.

The premium upon Olympian foot-on-the-floor, tends to cherish the fit and the multi-tasking. Our first vintage graphic design along this tangent demonstrates fastidiousness about the needy, along with Calamity Jane risk.

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

 

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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 try to indicate the quality of vigor attaching to American life and how it has become a gold mine for graphic artists.

We begin with a vignette showing offshore resources from which Americans were not slow to consult, in the process of obviating their Puritan beginnings. A chic vehicle in the distance and an earthy performance in the forefront set in relief the poetic imperatives having become a must for a long time.

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

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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 of this kind there is a field of fun or for the sake of health and, on the other hand, a profit centre (which would not be without its dimension of fun). Perhaps, then, the most fascinating aspect of this world-wide mania is the wide range of motives it encompasses, and thereby the varied payoffs from the point of view of fans. (Win, at all cost, for civic pride; or evoke youthful graces; or a bit of both.)

“Up and Over,” then, becomes an apt opening inasmuch as it affords a quite simple, intimate factor within a maelstrom of dizzying cross-purposes. With neither friends, loved-ones, paying spectators (and, presumably, no priority of training for eventually making a splash with fan base) to get in the way, our fair lady delivers sheer dynamics, and the dashing beast increases the investment in something not on the order of mainstream life.  Continue reading

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BOATS, BUILDINGS AND BREAKTHROUGHS IN VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART

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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 great lift inasmuch as such commitment surfaces in our midst. Mustonen’s audacious synthesis of architecture and art brings our way almost cinematic points of departure and moments of truth.

Vintage poster art testifies to such endeavors we can’t afford to ignore. That hydrofoil at the Cote d’Azure, in our first instance, was first cooked up by telephone-inventor, Alexander Graham Bell, in his think-tank on Cape Breton Island, in the era of the first world war. Thus we have a modernist boat graphic, but, beyond that, the breakthrough component of our title!

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HIDEAWAYS AS SEEN BY VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART

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In the world of vintage posters and graphics there comes to pass an enticement seldom addressed directly. When seduction accruing to products and services is closely scanned, we are struck by the frequency of large-scale abandonment of the busy and, perhaps, disastrously careless, mainstream.

Today we’re looking at our collection with respect to currents chosen to elicit the elixir of withdrawing (briefly or long-term) from the way most people live. We commence in that vein with an instance of gardening involving deep seclusion from the cares of nearby household frazzle (here including a state of widespread economic Depression and a drive toward World War.

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AIMING FOR THE SKIES–PRACTICAL GIFTS WRAPPED IN VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART

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Modern life could be described as teeming with aspirants to deep and moving spaces while being picked off like quails. Millennial artists swear by falling to such a cull, tranquillized as they are by approval from an insular clientele and a wider world not nearly as impressed as they imagine.

We begin, for a change, by this roundabout gambit, because the graphic designs of our blog today stem from heights tempered by a gravity needing inclusion in its troubling omnipotence. So, here we go, showing folks with high hopes and the moxie to think things over.

A bit of a scramble; but years later an epiphany might open doors!

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VINTAGE SPORTS GRAPHIC ART–A FUN AFFORDABLE GIFT IDEA!

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This year we have had several visits to our studio from the Toronto region bringing us wonderful new inventory from family collections.  Finally we are exposing some of the treasure trove.One collector brought us a  sport’s collection from the studio of a talented Canadian illustrator, Mike Dywelska, printed on deluxe paper in the 1980’s. We have only one example of each and they are rare!

Signature and quality textured paper

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PUTTING ANOTHER SPOTLIGHT ON THOUGHTFUL GIFTS–VINTAGE GRAPHIC SMALL FORMAT GEMS!

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Our cache of the Spanish vintage news, entertainment and arts magazine, Blanco y Negro (Black and White), offers unique and remarkable designs upon their cover and a cornucopia of black and white photos to ponder a while—just the thing for a gift for someone able to enjoy the out-of-the ordinary. For instance the above features notable art works, women being fabulous, men being reckless and instances of fashion and design of the era. Each item is priced at $35.

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PUTTING THE SPOTLIGHT ON THOUGHTFUL GIFTS–VINTAGE GRAPHIC SMALL FORMAT GEMS!

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The term, “small-format,” tends, it seems, to be a non-starter in the graphic art field, where large-scale poster designs are the beginning and end of the experience. Today (and in several other blogs to come) we’ll try to make the case that a goldmine is there for the taking. 

   Starting small (size-wise) is not only a great introduction to building a quality collection, but also develops one’s curiosity to learn more about the design, the artist, the historical context, etc. Many buyers can and do find very thoughtful gifts to honor a special occasion for themself or a loved one…and most are priced between $25-$250 (Average $100).

With those who can’t see anything small except their phone and those who need to impress others, it remains an uphill climb. But here we go, for the sake of nano surprises!

Streamline to the max, in our first offering! But also the dispensation of colors, tones and composition. Understatement being a way of life!

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FRIENDLY  SKIES WITH A DIFFERENCE IN VINTAGE POCHOIR ART

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One of the most striking confirmations of the wide-spread spirit of radical innovation in early-twentieth-century Europe is an endeavor seldom, if ever, noticed. While the Communist Manifesto cascaded from strengths to strength in those days, a far more trenchant enterprise garnered few takers. The little cadre of Parisian fashion illustrators in the hand-colored (pochoir) field–producing vignettes whereby new clothing styles could shine–proved to have much more than expensive finery in their outlook.

Working from a point of departure of fabulous wealth and exclusivity, those dandies who participated in sealing the deals would rather frequently devise scenes bristling with frissons taking the princesses into mountain-top-like spaces where they would be, in addition to Easy Street, at death’s door. That seeming path to prompt dismissal proved, in fact, extremely popular with those birds in gilded cages who were experts in malaise and were emboldened to see themselves (while spending oodles of their husbands money) as participating in a (passive) rebellion.

The streamline style of the works in the pochoirs would speak to them as sensual equipment for a war that would be confined to mansions. But for those of us encountering those transactions long after the principals had died, these seemingly quixotic struggles touch us as marvellously current precursors to the cheeky but tepid photographic vamping in the glossy promotions of today.

Our first pochoir is a classic of facing an abyss (the two window panels evoking contradictory ways of sensibility, with the lady on the spot to deliver a forward momentum including both chutes.

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