Some incredibly beautiful and rare old (or should that be ‘vintage’) posters have been circulating recently so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites below…
From Treehugger: World War II posters still relevant today
Lloyd Alter at Treehugger has collected American, Canadian and British posters from World War II to highlight how the messages of sustainability and conservation promoted during the war effort are still relevant today. Buying locally, using leftovers, growing your own, walking or car sharing – all approaches to greener living that can help reduce our individual carbon footprints and conserve resources.
I love this poster of the happy cauliflower girl, promoting gardening and growing your own veggies. This British ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign was launched just a month after the outbreak of WWII and encouraged the transformation of gardens into allotments. The effort was successful – by 1943, over a million tons of vegetables were being grown in gardens and allotments, particularly carrots, which were so plentiful (I guess they’re easy to grow) that the Ministry of Agriculture promoted alternative carrot recipes including curried carrot, carrot jam and a homemade drink called Carrolade, made up from the juices of carrots and Swede!
Via Creative Review: Polish film and theatre posters
Mark Sinclair over at the CR Blog has posted a selection of posters that will be showing in the Ilujzon exhibition in east London. These Polish ﬁlm and theatre posters from the 1960s and 1970s have been collected by Eye Sea Posters, and were originally commissioned by state controlled ﬁlm and theatre institutions during the communist era in Poland. Since the foreign originals were deemed inappropriate to use for advertising, new Polish images were created that often had absolutely no visual reference to the original or even the film itself. Evidently that led to some seriously surreal and creative poster design.
On Visual News: The dawn of travel in posters
Visual News has highlighted an exhibition of travel posters from 1920 to 1950, in an exhibition titled ‘Safety, Speed, Comfort’ and held in Zeitlos, Berlin. Created during a time when the idea of travelling to foreign lands was so magical and sophisticated, these posters evoke such luxury and marvel.
I just couldn’t choose between my many favourites of bold and colourful travel poster designs, so here’s a wide selection of images showing a fair few destinations and transportation; trains, planes, and zeppelins! I would hang many of these on my walls for decoration.
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