SPEAKING OF PICTURES: A VINTAGE GRAPHICS BLOG

WORKPLACE WORKS IN THE FORM OF VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART

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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 also about hospitality workers rising to an occasion that rewards them beyond a paycheck.The military precision of this highlight of the flight conveys everyday pleasures being delivered in safe and sound circumstances despite the airline zoom.  Continue reading

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ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL AND THE OCEAN OF INVENTION

img_2912Sometimes 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 displaying the “inventions” of a notable who looked a bit like Santa Claus but became absorbed with uber-reality.

Following in the footsteps of the family business of elocution and caring for the deaf, our sage was able to knock it up several notches by way of coming across a set of designs about the transmission of sound. The author of that windfall, Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894), had hitched his star to the thrust of reflection, rampant in nineteenth century German Idealist circles, whereby the sense of language (communicative waves) originates in a field far outstripping (but not obviating) specific sensibilities. As we take note of the amazing range of constructs stemming from the think tank at Baddeck during the last 40 years of Bell’s life, it is that paradoxical marshalling of infrastructure which acts as a compass guiding the mystifying output and very much in league with avant-garde physics and avant-garde metaphysics.  Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT STRATEGIES IN VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART

 

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There are myriad ways, in the field of vintage graphic design, to put one’s best foot forward for the sake of seducing the world to buy or subscribe to a product or service. Fine and/or startling modeling of a depicted booster is one of them. Alongside of that are factors of coloration, composition and lithographic deliciousness.
Today let’s consider one approach which could be deployed in a rather thoughtless way; but in fact has often incited designers to thrilling subtlety—namely, focusing in on the goods as if they were spotlighted.
Our first instance adopts an astronomical disposition to bring focus to a small part of the world revealing itself to be hugely consequential. Film festivals are never reluctant to show off. But the very elegant pinpointing here demonstrates the blue-chip wit and heart in store.

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A FORGOTTEN FORTUNE, APPEARING IN FORTUNE MAGAZINE

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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 an ad promoting tenancy in the just-completed Empire State Building); but instead a “filler” insert of pastel renderings of Alabama steel mills, by a long-forgotten artist/ designer, Roderick Mackenzie (1865-1941). Over and above the five remarkable, large-scale litho renditions acting as a speed bump to busy wheeler-dealers, we find the artist himself, and his highs and lows, to be a rich disclosure of vicissitudes of the career of an artist in early modern secular society.

Our first instance, “Three Bessemer Converters,” reminds us of the play of light and texture to be seen in the marine paintings of William Turner (1775-1851). Here the dynamics of light derive from fiery industrial processes rather than the earlier strategy involving sunlight, ocean and water crafts.   Continue reading

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“Place Your Bets, Make Your Play” Graphic Art Takes a Flyer on Gambling!!!

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The affinities between vintage illustrative art and the multifaceted business of gambling boil down to the volatility of the practise of eking out a living against severe odds. Turning a decent buck or franc from going to the heart of excitement especially pertains to a shot of daring not common at all. Therefore the sky’s the limit in celebrating this wild and wonderful world! Of the many graphic designs depicting various casinos, racetracks, lottery posts etc, a constant is the high level of well-being in the players and the beauty and liveliness of the venues. (Of course there are disasters along this form of skyrocketing. But the priority in this field is to show the poise and wonderment of the risk-takers and their territory.)

So we begin with a wealthy player, playing a game, Banco, which the House totally stage-manages. The faint presence of the graphic quality captures the abstraction of the seeker who is very remote from us and from everyone. There is an aura of mystery about someone so attracted to a kind of disappearance.  Continue reading

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GARAGE MURALS IN TORONTO–A SURPRISING BIG DEAL

IMG_2364 Toronto does not have canals. But fairly recently it has shaked its butts to pile up some impressive load of canal boat decor. The trend along alleys to the north of hipster central is of the sweet and simple genre. But given the harshness of the hardware withal it constitutes a lively reminder that powerhouse history needs to attend to its sweet spots.

Being as simple as our pic#1 is not as easy as you might assume. Continue reading

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VINTAGE POSTER ART PLUMBING THE DEPTHS OF BEACHES

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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 the benefits of skilful imagination teasing out special dimensions of the material settings.

Our first selection, by that master of delicious times, Bernard Villemot, vividly brings the reminder that the Basque landscape boasts not only chic and buoyant venues in which to loll around, but also, often in close proximity with one another, state-of-the-art golf courses. Here the contrasts between the playgrounds accommodate bringing our way rich chromatic ranges to impel our visit.     Continue reading

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RURAL RETURNS AS FIELDED BY VINTAGE GRAPHIC DESIGN

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Some time ago we visited friends who have a working farm near Roblin, Manitoba. Their life is very different from ours, but through the years we’ve all happily shared (largely by mail from the Post Office) the best of what we had to offer. Today we’d like to convey the special magic of farm matters by way of old print photos, and then by way of farm scenes appearing in our vintage graphics.

Though that combine harvester takes up most of the room in our first image, it also showcases the earthy spaciousness of its situation. The two of us were merely agog while Duncan, the real thing, tried to give us an idea of what such an apparatus could do. Here was a workplace closely bound to the elements!    Continue reading

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A SEA CHANGE IN THE WORLD OF ARTS

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One of the knocks perennially flying around, when it comes to phenomena of art, is that it fails to touch those making up the “normal” world. Most of us can be moved by attractive gardens, furniture, cars etc. But there are productions, ranging from paintings to movies, which don’t make any serious sense to the vast majority of the 7 billion people on earth trying to make sense of their life.

The history of art has not exactly endeared itself to those not deliriously fond of the productions of art. In fact, a Cold War has not only become entrenched; it has fed the egos of myriad arts practitioners. Solitary genius has been the go-to disposition.

But in that modern era bubbling in the 19th century and raging in the 20th, practitioners of crafts—architecture, for instance; fashion design, for instance—have found that their imperative of “practical” design has taken up fundamental factors of sensibility hitherto the exclusive regime of artists. Along this avenue of change, territorial jealousies with their gratifying hostility have remained at a fairly virulent level. However, increasingly in the 21st century, the range of fertile stimulation has expanded, and the consequences of this breach of the logjam are thrilling to behold.

At Toronto’s Harborfront Art Gallery at this time, an exhibition rigorously confronts the big surprise that is art works doubling as décor and explicit profit centres. And you know, vintage lithographic posters and illustrations have been plying these waters for many decades now!

Let’s begin our little probe with some snaps of that remarkable installation down by the Lake. The photo above, showing skills with paper, line and color, involves weight and stability. It also comprises a very serviceable aspect of corporate or residential décor.   Continue reading

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DOMINANT COLOR IN VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART

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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 posters were most at liberty to use that route, by virtue of the color designs of the film itself.

It’s a range of communication which can be easily overlooked or at least underestimated; and here we finally get around to looking at it at some length. Accordingly, we’ll start with a vintage movie poster design in accordance with the powerful visual resources of director/writer, David Lynch, specifically his great tone poem, Blue Velvet (1986). The latter is one bluesy rush of sensibility, and the dominant title word portends the rough roads having been hard-wired to desires of soft, velvety payoffs.  Continue reading

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