Monthly Archives: August 2013

Design: Vintage Travel Posters – Italy

Apparently there were once people called travel agents, and the idea of traveling to another country by plane or ship was a romantic, exciting adventure – one you’d dress up for. As there was no internet in the 40’s and 50’s (really) people’s perceptions of foreign countries were what they may have read, some weird travelogue they’d seen at the movies or these posters. This was a new era when travel by air was becoming available to almost anyone. Great care went into these, even though they were considered to be simple throwaway advertising. Beautiful illustrations, great design and printed as stone lithographs – some real time went into their creation. The below are all for Italy, some printed for the European market, some for the American, all beautiful.

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The Art of Packaging: Studebaker

Studebaker – Founded in 1852 under the name of the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company, the company was originally a producer of wagons for farmers, miners, and the military.

Studebaker entered the automotive business in 1902 with electric vehicles and in 1904 with gasoline vehicles, all sold under the name “Studebaker Automobile Company”. Over the next 50 years, the company established an enviable reputation for quality, reliability and unique design. The South Bend plant ceased production on December 20, 1963, and the last Studebaker automobile rolled off the Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, assembly line on March 16, 1966.

Below are advertisements and production photos for many of the Studebaker models, starting in 1950 and ending with the 1963, Raymond Loewy designed Avanti. Beautiful cars, beautiful ads.

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Snap Wyatt – Freak Show Banner Artist

Snap Wyatt (1905-1984)

Snap Wyatt was a prolific painter of huge circus banners primarily in the 1940’s and 50’s.  He was known for his  bold, cartoon-like style. His banners were painted with quick caricatures, and only the essential details of the performer were outlined in black to make them stand out. He said he could finish one in a day for about $85. bucks. The bright and colorful banners drew in the crowd with the mystery of what was inside the tent. Wyatt is considered to be among the top in his field. His banners today sell for thousands.

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Everybody Loves: Francoise Hardy

Françoise Madeleine Hardy ( born 17 January 1944) – Singer, actress and iconic fashion figure of 1960’s Paris. Françoise rode a wave of popularity with the French Ye-Ye style of singing, popularized by Serge Gainsbourgh, France Gall, Sylvie Vartan, et al. A rather naive pop-based confection sung, entirely in French. Ye-Ye gained some popularity throughout the world but mostly in it’s native country never breaking huge worldwide. Serge and Françoise however did have longer careers (separately) and she continues to sing and record today – and looks unbelievable nearing 70.

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Thrift Store Art – Without Monsters

It seems that you can’t find a good thrift store painting that someone hasn’t altered in someway. Wayne White has been doing it for years and has made a nice career out of it – and is truly great, but the current desire to put Star Trek characters or weird monsters in every cheap landscape has become a bit tedious (though some are pretty cool). For me the best of these kind of paintings is the naive stab at family portraits or pets – it seems the 60’s was the age of the home DYI artist. So, here are some truly disturbing, unaltered, paintings created by your mom, your aunt Loretta and your grandma’s crazy friend Pearl.

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