A number of human figures in a design can accomplish wonders of dynamic intensity and incremental nuance. Whereas most vintage posters and illustrations depend heavily upon an arresting central feature (more often than not an attractive woman), the arrangements we want to explore here become all the more special for being quite rare.
The pochoir Christmas card from 1920 constituting our screen cap here seems to ally itself with theatre staging to produce a sense of an occasion touching everyone in a region. The narrowness of the avenue accentuates the flamboyant and beautiful women’s coats. And in the course of this promenade we have a vignette of a couple paying a visit to a resident. Thereby the anonymity of city life has been primed to a degree of noteworthy solicitude for strangers. There is also (as a sort of topspin to the social buzz) a process of enhancing chromatically a rather austere streetscape.