Discarded for their glory days past, the rusting signs at Las Vegas’ Neon Boneyard, part of the Neon Museum, are chock-full of dazzling letter shapes for typophiles, and textures and color for other graphically-inclined eyes.
Political posters of the 20s and 30s warn of capitalism’s dangers, hail the vision of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin, and praise the proletariat. Though easily dismissible as Socialist Realism influenced by 1920s modernism and the dualism of Friend and Foe (both in domestic and foreign contexts), the posters are diverse in style and sometimes reflect more than a commissioned, caricatured propaganda.
These selections are part of an extensive private collection of posters, postcards, and lithographs from diverse sources. See more at Views + Reviews.
Posters, magazine covers and advertisements from 1920s and 1930s Japan, showing a newly embraced popularity of western modernism.
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A collection of beautifully intricate, vintage typography by the Sanborn Map Company, ranging from 1880 to 1920.
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Joseph Morell Macías was born in San Esteve d’en Bas (province of Girona), Spain, in 1899. After his art studies in Seville, and travels abroad to Belgium and France, he returned to Spain to become the greatest influencer of tourist-based posters from the 1920’s up until the Spanish Civil War, with work marked by simple compositions, painterly style, and strong diagonal lines.
In perfect World War II propaganda style, these posters seem to put the value of contemporary communication conventions to question. Credit: Brian Lane Winfield Moore