There has evolved, within the metier of vintage lithographic posters, perhaps due to its Parisian roots, a premium upon refinement. Most of our inventory is designed to be drop-dead ravishing. Today’s vintage poster blog searches out qualities of a different calibre, which is to say, the lesser handsome but the greater generosity and verve.Our first example–“Jump to it, Canada”–deploys the wild hyperbole of a long jump spanning the Atlantic to start a new and better and warm life. The figure is not some matinee idol, but instead a rough-hewn little bloke thrilled to be part of a chance.
Instead of a lithe instance of exotica, we have a trudge to hopefully become better than this. Or, perhaps, our trek is already at the zenith! At any rate, even the elephant and the riders miss out on any form of the sublime. This is gutsy discovery, overtaking tourist sleepwalking!
In 1920, the prairie provinces of Canada were not subjects of TV, melodramatic, serials. Those healthy cattle and produce meant sweat, solitude and the gusto of a clean, silent and thrilling nature.
Anonymity, when nothing was online. The farmers didn’t care! This unlovely crew would find beauty in an area of life nearly obsolete in our times.
This rag-tag vignette accentuates a range of personal bests. The cold and snow embraces ancient sharing.
In the theatre of war, the machinists were the most unsung. But this breed could find their own heights without any fanfare.