Category Archives: Poster History

Poster History

Mele selling iPads?!

Poster Mystery #1 – How did a department store in Italy start selling iPads in 1904? | Leopoldo Metlicovitz,  E. & A. Mele & Ci., 1904 |

Poster History

1948 London Olympics – Fly Pan Am

Just in time for the opening ceremonies later this week, this gallery favorite tells a rich and timely story. In 1939, the Olympics were awarded to London for the 50th anniversary of the Games (to be held in 1944), but … Read more

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75 Years since the Hindenburg Disaster

On May 6, 1937, the Hindenburg, the largest German airship, exploded in flames as it was landing in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Although the immediate cause of the spark is debated, the underlying cause was well known – the United States … Read more

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For New York Fashion Week: Vintage Bally Posters

Fashion Week is a perfect time to show off one of the best fashion poster series of all time.  Perhaps the longest running, most extensive (over 200 posters) and beautiful is the series for Bally shoe.  Founded in 1851 in … Read more

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Black History in WWII Propaganda Posters

The contrast in these propaganda posters from WWII could not be more stark. Some of the most vitriolic racist posters of the war were created in Italy by the Fascist government to stiffen Italian resistance as the Allies began their … Read more

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Stone Age Man – The Birth of Stone Lithography

February 26 marks the 177th anniversary of the death of Alois Senefelder (1771 – 1834). All poster fans owe a debt to Senefelder, a German actor and playwright. It was while seeking an inexpensive way to publish one of his … Read more