In 1867, Jules Cheret, inspired by Japanese woodcuts, used the newly-developed four-color lithograph system to combine text and images into a new, easily produced, temporary form of advertising – the poster. Soon, European artists like Alphonse Mucha, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, and Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen were creating posters combining Art Nouveau aesthetics with easily understandable advertising.

Vintage posters are highly collectible as they can make great discussion pieces and bridge the worlds of art and history. The 20th Century saw a wide variety of memorable and iconic posters, from Uncle Sam's “I Want You” recruiting posters to Depression-era WPA posters to Fillmore-era concert posters. The prominence of the poster has continued into the 21st century, with a notable example being Shepard Fairey's Obama poster.

There are many collectible poster varieties, such as wartime, movies, music, political, sports, circus, aviation, railroad, and pure art posters. Condition, rarity, and attractiveness are especially critical with posters. Do your homework before you buy.


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London Transport Museum Posters

London Transport Museum Posters

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Fillmore and Avalon Collection

Fillmore and Avalon Collection

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USSR Posters

USSR Posters

Ben Perry's Flickr photoset showcasing almost 1500 Soviet propaganda, advertising, theatre and movie posters from 1… [read review or visit site]

New York Public Library

New York Public Library

The New York Public Library's impressive Digital Gallery offers free access to over 500,000 historical images inclu… [read review or visit site]

The American Memory Project

The American Memory Project

This amazing Library of Congress site includes about a hundred photo and document collections (see complete list) o… [read review or visit site]



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