Category Archives: Graphic Design

Emanuele Taglietti and Italian Sex, Horror Comics

Emanuele Taglietti (born 1943) Emanuele started his career as an set designer for his famous cousin – director Michelangelo Antonioni (Blowup). he would go on to work as an assistant director for Federico Fellini and Dino Rissi until the lure of Italian sex art game calling. The 1970’s saw the rise in popularity of digest sized graphic books called fumetti – whose main themes were sex, horror and violence. And man-o-man did he jump on that firetruck. He would create about 10 covers a month each weirder, more troubling than the next. An odd mix of monsters, violence against and by woman and a disturbing rapey vibe made these huge in Italy until the mid-80’s. With the fumetti’s popularity on the wane Taglietti would become a teacher of ‘decoration’ and mural conservation. In 2000 he stopped teaching and has focused on painting murals and watercolors – hopefully w/ some different themes than his fumetti work.

 

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Vogue Picture Discs

Vogue picture records were produced by Sav-Way Industries of Detroit, Michigan from 1946 to 1947 (before they went out of business) – there are only 74 different discs. The 10″ discs were created by sandwiching an illustration between 2 clear pieces of vinyl. The picture would usually have something to do with the song – though sometimes a tad obscure. The songs for the most part were war era mushy ballads sung by obscure big band crooners – no Sinatra, no Bing Crosby. They were more along the lines of The Don Large Chorus, Shep Fields and LuLu Belle & Scotty – big names all. The illustrations however make these discs quite beautiful and cool little collectors items. They’re not worth a ton, some more collectable than others, they are however a great look into 40’s entertainment and design.

 

Vintage Fire Cracker Packaging

Happy (almost) 4th of July. We’ll be counting fingers on Wednesday.

Roxy Music – The First Five

Roxy Music has always been about style. Formed in 1971 from a bunch of art school dropouts (Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzenera, Andy Mackay, Paul Thompson, Eddie Jobson, Brian Eno, et al) they would record 5 great albums back to back. The band looked sharp in space glam gear (later it would be expensive suits) and played a mix of rock, glam, psych, frak-out and pop that would, though not as highly regarded in the US, be in direct competition w/ David Bowie in the early 70’s. For the cover art of their first 5 LPs they chose women, (not band photos) to illustrate their style and their 1940’s mindset. Each had one of the 70’s hottest models on a beautiful gatefold sleeve, (with the band photograph inside). 1974’s Country Life saw a small break from form with 2 nearly nude models posed amongst some pine trees. Most of the copies got through uncensored but the US censored copy is hilarious (just the trees). Some were also delivered as the nude cover w/ an opaque green cellophane outer sleeve. Below are the original covers along w/ a few outtakes. Enjoy the covers then go buy the music. BTW Siren has the big hit “Love Is A Drug”.

The Original

The 1st – Self Titled

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LP 2 - For Your Pleasure

LP 2 – For Your Pleasure

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The 3rd - Stranded

The 3rd – Stranded

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The 4th - Country Life

The 4th – Country Life

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Censored US version

Censored US version

The 5th - Siren

The 5th – Siren

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Victorian Xmas Cards – WTF

By the time of the Victorian age Christmas was not really an established holiday. There was no Santa Claus, no identifiable iconography, no stocking hung by the chimney with care.  The Victorians were trying to figure it all out. It was Queen Victoria (1819-1901) herself whose own celebration of Christmas gave the fledgling holiday a serious boost in England. Illustrated, mass-produced Christmas cards caught on with the British people during Victoria’s reign. Card makers of the era drew from Christian as well as pagan images, and also general interests of the era, such as science, art, or religion. Does that really explain sled riding chickens, murdering frogs and anthropomorphic oysters though?

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Image taken from a scrapbook compiled by Francis Parker, presented by J.F. Parker of Tickenhill Manor, Bewdley in November 1960. EFP/Parker Collection item number 698218

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More Posters from Ghana

I’ve posted a bunch of these before and they never fail to amaze me. The deal here is that primarily in Ghana and other parts of Africa there exist traveling cinemas that will roll into your village on a flat bed truck, throw up a makeshift screen and show movies for a small fee. These posters are their advertisement. Hand painted on canvas, board or anything they can get their hands on, they are weird, beautiful and total design genius. This group is mostly African films w/ a few bootleg US productions thrown in.

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