The Eiffel Tower turns 125 !

So why not share a few beautiful posters of this magnificent architectural and cultural icon? Al of the posters are from our archives. Several of the posters will be offered in our May 3 poster sale in San Francisco. Enjoy.

Original poster form the 1889 Exposition Universelle / World's Fair in Paris

Original poster from the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris

The EiffelTower is undeniably the global icon of France and the image most associated with the city of Paris. The famous architectural monument was named after its engineer, Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the 324 m (1,063 ft.) tall tower.

Poster promoting travel to the 1900 World's Fair in Paris.

Poster promoting travel to the 1900 World’s Fair.

Paris was the host of the 1899 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) to mark the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. The new structure was to be built in central Paris and serve as the entrance to the Fair. Construction began in 1887 with much criticism by France’s leading artists and intellectuals. The design was initially considered to be a significant eyesore but over time, La Tour Eiffel captured the affection of its local residents. The tower was completed on March 31, 1889. As the tallest building of the world at the time, visitors would pass under the iron structure on their way to the 1889 Exposition and be in awe of the architectural wonder and its symbol of progress. The tower was originally planned to be dismantled in 1909 but was allowed to remain and serve as a telecommunication tower. Today, La Tour Eiffel attracts more visitors (approx. 7 million per year) than any other paid tourist attraction in the world.  

Poster from the 1937 Paris World's Fair

Poster from the 1937 Paris World’s Fair

Air France poster by Regis Manset from 1952

Air France poster by Regis Manset from 1952

Clever Bally advertising poster from 1963 by Lise Berset

Clever Bally advertising poster from 1963 by Lise Berset

TWA travel poster by David Klein from the 1960s

TWA travel poster by David Klein from the 1960s

Link to the May 3, 2014 auction:
http://www.posterconnection.com/auctions/auction_37/37_view.shtml

Sources:
http://www.history.com/topics/eiffel-tower
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eiffel_Tower

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