Showing posts with label posters. Show all posts
Showing posts with label posters. Show all posts

Monday, September 9, 2013

"Revival of Pepper's Ghost at Christmas by Professor Pepper," 19th Century Poster

Thanks to the legendary Vanessa Toulmin of The National Fairground Archive for turning me onto this terrific poster in her talk last Monday as part of the Congress for Curious Peoples. Image sourced from The Archive website.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Die Mysteriosen Catakomben, Poster, Late 19th Century?

I don't know the story on this, but I absolutely love it. Found here.

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Fall and Rise of Humpty Dumpty, Late 19th C?

Found on the Atomic Antiques website. Click on image to see much larger and more spectacular image (worth it! I promise!)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Dance of Death, 1919, Attributed to Josef Fenneker

54 1/2x41 inches, 138 1/2x104 cm.
Condition B+: restoration along vertical and horizontal folds; minor restoration in margins.
Fenneker designed over three hundred movie posters. His recognizable style drew largely on German Expressionism combined with a flair of aesthetic decadence. Written by Fritz Lang, Totentanz is considered by The Internet Movie Database to be a "lost film [in which] a beautiful dancer's sexual allure is used by an evil cripple to entice men to their deaths. Falling in love with one of the potential victims, she is told by the cripple that he will set her free if her lover, actually a murderer himself, survives and escapes a bizarre labyrinthe which runs beneath the cripple's house" ( Even without a signature, this poster is clearly the work of Fenneker. Although another image by Fenneker for this film exists, this particular version is previously unrecorded.
Estimate $2,000-3,000
"The Dance of Death" is one of many beautiful posters you will find in the upcoming modernist poster sale at Swann Galleries Auction House. You can find out more about the sale--which begins at 1:30 PM on May 3--and view the other lots by clicking here. Another favorite modernist poster recently blogged about here will also be available at the auction.

Via Random Index. Click on image to see larger version.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

First International Hygiene Exhibition in Dresden, Poster, Franz von Stuck, 1911

Poster for the First International Hygiene Exhibition in Dresden, designed by Franz von Stuck, 1911.


Found on Billyjane Tumblr.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

"An Iconography of Contagion," Web Exhibition, National Library of Medicine

About a hundred years ago, public health took a visual turn. In an era of devastating epidemic and endemic infectious disease, health professionals began to organize coordinated campaigns that sought to mobilize public action through eye-catching wall posters, illustrated pamphlets, motion pictures, and glass slide projections...
Check out the National Library of Medicine's wonderful new web exhibition "An Iconography of Contagion"--which explores the relationship between posters and public health, and from which all of the above text and images were drawn--by clicking here. Curated by Friend-of-Morbid-Anatomy Michael Sappol, this is a characteristically smart, thoughtful, and visually rich exhibition.

You can see the entire exhibition, and read the full text and full image captions, by clicking here. You can see many more wonderful images in the gallery section by clicking here. Click on images above to see much larger, richer versions.

Image Credits:
  1. She may be…a bag of TROUBLE. Syphilis – Gonorrhea., U.S. Public Health Service, United States, 1940s. Photomechanical print: color; 41 x 51 cm. Artist: “Christian.”
  2. Ali si zdrav? (Are you healthy?), Golnik, Slovenia, Yugoslavia, 1950s. Photomechanical print: color; 42 x 60 cm.
  3. Tuberkulose undersøgelse – en borgerpligt (Tuberculosis examination – a citizen’s duty.), Copenhagen, Denmark, 1947. Color lithograph; 62 x 85 cm. Designer/artist: : Henry Thelander (fl. 1902-1986). Lithographers: Andreasen & Lachmann.
  4. Tuberculosis bacilli. Chinese Anti-Tuberculosis Association, Shanghai, 1953.
  5. La course a la mort. (The race with death.) Ligue Nationale Française contre le Peril Vénérién, France, ca. 1926. Color lithograph; reproduction of a pastel drawing; 69 x 88 cm. Artist: Charles Emmanuel Jodelet (1883-1969).

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Trope of the Mysterious Floating Hands

The Trope of the Mysterious Floating Hands, as seen in a life-sized wax model of a cesarean section from the Musee Spitzner (top) and an early 20th Century Polish poster (bottom).

Image of Spitzner wax model from the book Voir-La Collection Spitzner, eds. Phillipe Blon and Stephen Bann [1998]; more images can be found here. This book and others of its ilk can be visited at The Morbid Anatomy Library, about which more can be found by clicking here. The poster, with text reading "Zabawka" or "Toy," is by Stefan Norblin from 1933. It was found on Smashing Magazine's excellent feature "The Legacy Of Polish Poster Design;" full post (with many, many more excellent images) here.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Pedagogical Posters, 19th C, Maison Deyrolle, Paris

A really nice gif animation of a variety of pedagogical posters from the recently fire-damaged (see recent post) Maison Deyrolle, via Mapping the Marvelous.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Evanion Collection, 19th C Ephemera Collection by Conjuror and Ventriloquist Henry Evans (1832?-1905)

Check out these wonderful posters, found on the livejournal Dark Victoria (found via Apuntes Críticos).

Here is what they have to tell us about the collection:
Evanion collection
Evanion collection: In 1895 the British Museum purchased a rich and fascinating collection of 19th century ephemera formed by Henry Evans (1832?-1905), a conjuror and ventriloquist, who performed under the stage name "Evanion". During the course of a long career, he took every opportunity to amass a large collection of material relating to Victorian entertainment and everyday life. Harry Houdini, who described the collection as "full of priceless treasures", later acquired many of the items relating to magic. These are now in the possession of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
The British Library owns approximately 5,000 items from Evanion's collection. These fall into two main categories – popular entertainment, and everyday life - and include posters, advertisements, trade cards and catalogues.
This is just a selection of my favorite posters; visit Dark Victoria to see the entire collection. Really wonderful images of early spectacle! (Click on images to see larger versions!)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

"An Iconography of Contagion," An Exhibition of 20th-Century Health Posters, National Academy of Sciences through January 12, 2009

I just received by mail a really lovely catalog for an exhibition of 20th-Century Health Posters currently on view at the National Academy of Sciences. The exhibition, titled An Iconography of Contagion, is curated by Mike Sappol (of Dream Anatomy fame), and presents over 20 posters culled from a variety of countries that graphically sound the warning about a broad range of threats to public health.

There is no on-line gallery for the exhibition, but you can download a PDF of the exhibition catalog that contains all the posters and explanatory text (as I did, and from which the above images are drawn) here; You can find out more about the exhibit, which is on view until January 12th, here.

Images, from the top: "Ali si zdrav? (Are you healthy?)," Yugoslavia, 1950s; "She may be... A bag a TROUBLE. Syphillis-Gonorrhea," USA, 1940s; La course a la Mort (The race with death), France, ca. 1926

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Cool Medical Posters

Cool Chinese Public Health Posters on the National Library of Medicine website.