Summer Fun 2016

Summer is here and we like to show a few posters that may capture the ingredients to a fun time in the sun. Whether you enjoy the beach, the mountains, the far away resort; or like to go for a swim in the local pool or surf in wild waters, there is a poster for everyone. Enjoy and let us know your favorite sunny summer poster.

Quiet mountain hikes with stunning views? Lazy days in a luxurious hotel? Or maybe a cruise?

Emil Cardinaux, 1909

Emil Cardinaux, 1909

Anonymous - France, ca. 1900

Anonymous – France, ca. 1900

Marcello Dudovich, 1932

Marcello Dudovich, 1932

 

All the places we go …

Sutherland, 1964

Sutherland, 1964

Adolph Treidler, ca. 1950

Adolph Treidler, ca. 1950

Bojadschlev Bitschev, ca. 1930

Bojadschlev Bitschev, ca. 1930

Anonymous, ca. 1947

Anonymous, ca. 1947

 

To the beach, to the beach, to the beach …

Yves Ja, 1933

Yves Ja, 1933

Anonymous - USA, ca. 1970

Anonymous – USA, ca. 1970

Anonymous - Switzerland, ca. 1928

Anonymous – Switzerland, ca. 1928

Pierre Commarmond, ca. 1928

Pierre Commarmond, ca. 1928

Anonymous - USA, ca. 1960

Anonymous – USA, ca. 1960

 

All we need is a pool …

George Ayling, ca. 1928

George Ayling, ca. 1928

Anonymous - USA, ca. 1950

Anonymous – USA, ca. 1950

 

And, of course, you have to look cool …

Hans Neumann (Studio)

Anonymous - Switzerland, ca. 1958

Anonymous – Switzerland, ca. 1958

Maurice Deville, 1961

Maurice Deville, 1961

 

A quick dive …

OttoPlattner, ca. 1930

OttoPlattner, ca. 1930

Havas, 1931

Havas, 1931

David Hockney, 1972

David Hockney, 1972

Or maybe some exercise?

Charles Allen, ca. 1965

Charles Allen, ca. 1965

Bill Simon, ca. 1965

Bill Simon, ca. 1965

Stan Galli, ca. 1965

Stan Galli, ca. 1965

And don’t forget the sunscreen …

Fred Dubois, ca. 1930

Fred Dubois, ca. 1930

Anders Beckman, ca. 1936

Anders Beckman, ca. 1936

Peter Zwahlen, ca. 1960

Peter Zwahlen, ca. 1960

Oh, so refreshing …

Dreyer, 1959

Dreyer, 1959

Herbert Leupin, 1953

Herbert Leupin, 1953

Fritz Loehr, 1931

Fritz Loehr, 1931

 

Have a wonderful summer !

 

For more information about the posters shown above, please visit posterconnection.com or contact us at our office.

Maurice Logan and Southern Pacific Railroad Posters

Southern Pacific - Crater Lake, 1927

Southern Pacific – Crater Lake, 1927

Maurice George Logan was born in 1886 and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.  From a young age – and to the dismay of his father – Logan wanted to become an artist. He took his first lessons at the age of ten and ended up attending art schools in San Francisco and Chicago. After opening a studio in San Francisco in 1915, Logan quickly established himself as a leading commercial artist and illustrator on the West Coast. In the same year, he helped form the “Society of Six,” a group of California painters challenging conventional painting by employing bold colors in combination with a loose impressionist style.

Southern Pacific - Great Salt Lake, 1928

Southern Pacific – Great Salt Lake, 1928

With his commercial success, he was hired by the San Francisco advertising agency Lord & Thomas in 1922 to produce a series of paintings and posters for the Southern Pacific Railroad. This relationship would continue for the next decade during which the talented artist created beautiful, unique artworks of famous parks and attractions in the western United States. Logan’s glorious images of Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Crater Lake or Mt. Shasta were quickly associated in the public’s mind with Southern Pacific Rail.

Southern Pacific - Aristocrat - Overland Limited, ca. 1928

Southern Pacific – Aristocrat – Overland Limited, ca. 1928

While his earlier works were influenced by the German approach to poster design – simplifying the use of form, flat colors, and bold types – most of Logan’s poster works from the late 1920s are characterized perhaps by that loose form of impressionism with bold colors. Logan turned to watercolors in the 1930s and formed another influential art group called the “Thirteen Watercolorists.” He worked as an art instructor at the California College of Arts in Oakland. He lived in Orinda in the San Francisco East Bay where he passed away in 1977.

Southern Pacific - Old Missions, ca. 1936

Southern Pacific – Old Missions, ca. 1936

Many of the posters shown here are part of our 40th poster auction in San Francisco on November 7, 2015. The photos link to the online catalog.

For questions, please feel free to email us or visit us online at posterconnection.com.

November 2015

Southern Pacific - Shasta Route, ca. 1936

Southern Pacific – Shasta Route, ca. 1936

Southern Pacific - See Mexico, ca. 1936

Southern Pacific – See Mexico, ca. 1936

Southern Pacific - Yosemite, 1926

Southern Pacific – Yosemite, 1926

Southern Pacific - Carriso Gorge, 1929

Southern Pacific – Carriso Gorge, 1929

More Air France Posters from 1930s to the 1950s

Air France by N. Gerale, 1937

The French airline was formed on October 7, 1933, celebrating its 82nd birthday this week (A link to the history of Air France is provided at the end of the blog). We have always admired the wonderful poster art that Air France and its affiliates have published over the past eight decades. It is said that the airline has produced over 1000 posters since 1933. Jean Carlu, Paul Colin, Raymond Savignac, Victor Vasarely or Bernard Villemot were perhaps some of the most famous artists commissioned to produce Air France’s iconic images from the golden age of travel. We are proud to present a small collection of 14 posters from the 1930s through the 1950s. All items will be offered for sale in our auction on November 7, 2015 in San Francisco (and live online). The posters feature unique images and rich lithography and have become a lasting and valued part of aviation art history. We hope you enjoy these works of art as much as we do.

Air France - Orient - Extreme-Orient, Lucien Boucher, 1946

Air France – Orient – Extreme-Orient, Lucien Boucher, 1946

Air France - Afrique Occidentale, Vincent Guerra, 1946

Air France – Afrique Occidentale, Vincent Guerra, 1946

Air France - Towards New Skies, Anonymous, 1947

Air France – Towards New Skies, Anonymous, 1947

Air France - Proche Orient, Vincent Guerra, 1948

Air France – Proche Orient, Vincent Guerra, 1948

Air France - Paris - New York, Alphonse Dehedin, 1950

Air France – Paris – New York, Alphonse Dehedin, 1950

Air France - Amerique du Sud, Lucien Boucher, 1950

Air France – Amerique du Sud, Lucien Boucher, 1950

Air France - Afrique du Nord, Bernhard Villemot, 1950

Air France – Afrique du Nord, Bernhard Villemot, 1950

Air France - Paris, Regis Manset, 1952

Air France – Paris, Regis Manset, 1952

Air France - Maroc-Algerie-Tunisie, Bernhard Villemot, 1952

Air France – Maroc-Algerie-Tunisie, Bernhard Villemot, 1952

Air France - Cote d´Azur, Bernhard Villemot, 1952

Air France – Cote d´Azur, Bernhard Villemot, 1952

Air France - Cote d´Azur, Jacques Auriac, 1952

Air France – Cote d´Azur, Jacques Auriac, 1952

Air France - Paris - Mexico, Edmond Maurus, 1954

Air France – Paris – Mexico, Edmond Maurus, 1954

Air France - Amerique du Sud, Jacques Dubois, 1956

Air France – Amerique du Sud, Jacques Dubois, 1956

 

Catalog:
Poster Auction Catalog 40 on Invaluable

We recommend:
The History of Air France

Today in History: Disneyland turns 60

Today in History: Disneyland opening in 1955
60 years ago today, the “happiest place on earth” opened its doors to the public. On opening day, some 60,000 people visited the park. Admission on July 17, 1955 was $1.

After several years of careful planning, construction of the huge amusement park began in 1954. The theme park was built on 160 acres of former farming land near Los Angeles, California and cost $17 million to build.

As a result of Disneyland’s huge success, an even bigger theme park was built in Florida, opening in 1971. Other parks in Tokyo (1983), Paris (1992) and Hong Kong (2005) followed. In 2013, the original Disneyland greeted more than 16 million visitors who spend close to $3 billion! Interestingly enough, Tokyo’s Disneyland exceeded that number with 17.2 million visitors during 2013.

PS: if you happen to visit San Francisco and have some extra time, go and visit the Walt Disney Family Museum! It is worth it.

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Today in History: Volkswagen is founded in 1937

Today in History: Volkswagen is founded in 1937

78 years ago today, the German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen was established. The idea for a small, affordable family car was introduced years earlier by engineer, Ferdinand Porsche, who wanted to create an automobile that was easy to build and inexpensive to buy.

In 1933, Adolf Hitler got involved and contracted Porsche to design and build the Volkswagen (“People’s Car”) that could fit 2 adults and 3 children, drive 100 km/h (62 mph) and would cost no more than 1,000 Reichsmark (approx. $396). Hitler quickly funded the building of a brand-new Volkswagen factory to create Ferdinand Porsche’s design. Construction began on May 26, 1937. Volkswagen was founded two days later on May 28.

The People’s Car was to be made available to all German citizens through a state sponsored savings plan at a price of 990 Reichsmark (comparable to the price of a small motorcycle at the time). The car was initially called a KdF-Wagen (Kraft durch Freude / Strength through Joy). But by the time the first cars had been produced – the KdF-Wagen was displayed for the first time at the Berlin Motor Show in 1939 – World War II started. All production was halted and re-focused on military vehicles. No cars were ever delivered through the savings plan. One early Type 1 convertible model was given to Hitler on his 50th birthday.

 
At the end of the war, with the factory plant in ruins, the Allies used Volkswagen to help revive the German auto industry and thus the success story of the VW Beetle began. In 1950, the “beetle”-shaped car sold for approx. 4000 Deutsche Mark (approx. $2000).

In 1955, VW had produced its one millionth car. In 1972, the Beetle broke the long-standing worldwide production record of Ford’s legendary Model T with 15 million vehicles. By 2003, when the last original Beetle rolled off the production lines in Puebla, Mexico, almost 22 million Beetles had been sold in over 150 countries – a true world record.

We recently started a new blog where we show vintage original poster art as it relates to historical or memorable events. Our “Poster Spotlight” blog is published 1-3 times per week and is generally shorter than the stories you find here. Here is a link to the new site. Enjoy and please let us know what you think.  

Air France Posters: Spring 2015

We never get tired of looking at vintage posters by Air France. Between 1933 and today, the airline commissioned an array of artists to create hundreds of iconic travel images luring travelers to exotic places around the globe. Jean Carlu, Paul Colin, Jean Cocteau, Raymond Savignac, Victor Vasarely or Bernard Villemot are just a few of the famous poster artists that were hired by Air France over the years. We are very happy to be able to present a small collection of Air France posters in our spring and fall poster auctions this year. Below are eleven posters that will be offer for sale on April 25. We hope you enjoy viewing these wonderful works of art as much as we do. 

Albert Solon, 1934

Albert Solon, 1934

Bernard Villemot, 1946

Bernard Villemot, 1946

Victor Vasarely, 1949

Victor Vasarely, 1949

J. Bilon, 1950

J. Bilon, 1950

Plaquet, 1951

Plaquet, 1951

Jean Doré, 1951

Jean Doré, 1951

Lucien Boucher, 1951

Lucien Boucher, 1951

Renluc, 1951

Renluc, 1951

Eric Castel, 1952

Eric Castel, 1952

Guy Georget, 1958

Guy Georget, 1958

Guy Georget, 1958

Guy Georget, 1958

J.C. Leyendecker and the Amoco New Year’s Baby

Joseph Christian Leyendecker (1874-1951) was a noted illustrator and graphic designer who gained great popularity in the United States between the wars. Leyendecker was born in Montabaur, Germany in 1874; his family immigrated to Chicago in 1882. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and attended the Academie Julian in Paris. In 1899, Leyendecker received his first commission for the Saturday Evening Post, an affiliation that would continue until 1943. Leyendecker produced 324 covers for the magazine and introduced iconic images, including his chubby version of Santa Claus, the Mother’s Day flowers, and, of course, the New Year’s Baby. Leyendecker’s final cover for the Saturday Evening Post showed a New Year’s Baby for the January 2, 1943 edition. Leyendecker also created several posters in support of the nation’s war efforts during World War I and is well known for his Art Deco style advertising posters for Arrow Shirts and Collars from the 1920s. Leyendecker died on July 25, 1951 in New Rochelle.

In the Nation's Service

In the Nation’s Service, 1942

Making use of his traditional baby illustrations for the annual editions of the Saturday Evening Post, Leyendecker borrowed his baby for a poster series commissioned by Amoco Gas during World War II. Each poster rang in the New Year with the traditional New Year Baby. The first in the series, In the Nation’s Service, was published shortly after the United States entered World War II and shows a baby with army cap, saluting in support of the war effort.

Speed the Victory

Speed the Victory, 1943

The following year, 1943, Speed the Victory was published, showing a baby flying an airplane and equipped with weapon, hoping for quick victory and a speedy end to the war. Leyendecker’s baby had come a long way from his early, innocent years in the early 1900s.

Happy Landing 1944

Happy Landing 1944

Happy Landing 1945

Happy Landing 1945

By early 1944, a parachuting baby is hoping for a Happy Landing: a peace dove holding an olive branch in its mouth symbolizes yet more hope for an end of the war. A color variant of the same poster was used in 1945.

A Real Happy New Year, 1946

A Real Happy New Year, 1946

The short Amoco series culminated with the ringing in of 1946, A Real Happy New Year: the war had ended in August of the previous year. Amoco re-used a variant the 1946 baby poster in 1952 following Leyendecker’s death.

Best to you, 1952

Best to you, 1952

All six Amoco baby posters are part of PosterConnection’s bi-annual poster auction on April 25, 2015 (lots 98 and 247-251). For more information, please visit posterconnection.com or view the catalog online via Invaluable.com.

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