The Small Stakes : a year in posters

Jason Munn small stakes poster gallery

For those of you in the bay area, be sure to check out The Small Stakes: a year in posters going on tonight at the The Curiosity Shoppe. Jason Munn will be there in person, so stop by and say hello!

Heres the details:
The Small Stakes: A Year in Posters
Opening Reception – Friday, December 7th, 6-9pm.
At The Curiosity Shoppe, 855 Valencia Street in San Francisco

(via Smarts and Crafts)

Swiss hotels and freshly shaven polar bears

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Luggage label for hotel de l’ours – Geneva, Switzerland c1950s ?

This is exactly how I wanted to be greeted if I ever make it to some fancy Swiss hotel. I want freshly shaven polar bears with bow ties grabbing my luggage!

Robert Roser for Swissair

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Direct mail advertisement for Swissair designed by Robert Roser. Most likely from the late 1950s or early 1960s. Hoot!

Spike Press posters

Spike press posters
Spike Press is the moniker for one John Solimine, a Chicago based designer. In a world overrun by gig-poster designers, it’s refreshing to see someone with a little originality and illustration sense. These posters are fun, whimsical, and full of narrative — each poster has a very engaging mini-story that will pull you and your wallet right in. Enjoy!

Maria Keil : Infante Santo mural

maria keil infante santo mural

While I was researching information on the Hotel Infante Santo, I came across the mural seen above. It is entitled Paredao da Avenida Santo and was completed in 1958. It took artist Maria Keil two years to complete this piece and boy was it worth it. I’m not sure why, but the way she painted the main figure slightly reminds me of the work of Doze Green.

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Maria Keil : Please adopt me

maria keil mural Lisboa
Just found this mural. Sweet mother! This is good. I’m not sure if Maria Keil has grandchildren, but if not she can adopt me. She could teach me how to make murals and I could teach her how to throw sheep on Facebook.

(via amnesia)

Jim Brair – modern dutch poster

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vrije tijd-blije tijd c1960

Modern dutch poster from graphic designer Jim Brair. Killer example of early sixties design. Wow, Thats all I can say.

(via VanSabben on ebay)

Hot girl with no nose poster

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Beautiful Orchidee Swim Wear poster from 1960. This could be the hottest girl I’ve seen that doesn’t have a nose.

(via VanSabben on ebay)

Henri’s walk to Paris : Designed by Saul Bass

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* Update – The long-awaited reissue is now available. Pick up a copy at Amazon or your local book store.

As far as I know this is the only kids picture book illustrated by designer Saul Bass. Saul provides a 60s pop color backdrop for the text written by Leonore Klein. The book was published by Young Scott books in 1962.

Henri’s walk to Paris is the story of young boy who lives in Reboul, France that dreams of going to Paris. One day, after reading a book about Paris he decides to pack up a lunch and head for the city. Along the way he gets tired and falls asleep under a tree. This is when the story really gets good. I’m not sure if I should spoil the end for you, but lets just say it involves a pencil stealing bird with a band aid on its face.

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Alvin Lustig : Exposition brochure cover design

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World inventors exposition 1947 : Cover design by Alvin Lustig

I found this brochure recently at a flea market near my house. I have never seen this Lustig design before. His use of simple organic shapes reminds me of the cover of Anatomy for interior designers ,which he created 2 years previous, as well as his work for the new classics series published by New Directions.

If you like the cover design above, I highly recommend you visit the official Alvin Lustig website.