Always Classic, Always New…Collectibles: Posters

I’ve been fascinated with posters forever, I don’t collect them (actually I have two Erté posters, and several fashion designer posters…more on them later!), nor did I have the walls of my room, as a teen, covered with “stars” of my era! I became fascinated with them a bit later and have a couple of subjects that have intrigued me….namely Art Nouveau and travel, especially the South Shore Railroad. I featured another interest at the top of this post…posters from the Chicago Century of Progress in 1933-1934 World’s Fair, that subject I can take personally, my father did many of them, unfortunately I don’t have any nor were they, to my knowledge, signed…more the pity! Again more on them later.

You might ask why are they collectible and how did they begin (for what purpose). Let’s look at their history…the following from Britannica….

poster, printed paper announcement or advertisement that is exhibited publicly. Whether promoting a product, an event, or a sentiment (such as patriotism), a poster must immediately catch the attention of the passerby. There is no set way to accomplish this; success can stem, for example, from the instantaneous impact of a concise, striking design or from the sumptuous appeal of an ornate work of art. By extension, the term poster is used to denote a paper panel printed for display as a novelty or as a work of art.”

Continuing…”Although printed public advertisements can be traced to the 15th century, the poster as it is understood today did not emerge until around 1860, given impetus by the invention of lithography, which allowed brilliantly coloured posters to be produced cheaply and easily.”

Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters

An English “Sandwich” board promoting what was going on at the time…think of it as the Instagram of the day.

And today’s live version…

Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters

Exciting news one of the most popular Randolph Street Market vendors is back in the Ballroom for July…Richard & Lexie Kasvin have one of the most extensive & spectacular collections of vintage advertising posters.

Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters

Okay, let’s look at some of my favorite subjects, there really isn’t an interest that isnt captured on a poster choose your favorite.

Art Nouveau

“The Art Nouveau style, popularised by Czech artist Alphonse Mucha, took the poster world by storm and inspired other national variants. The US also had its own Art Nouveau poster artists such as William H. Bradley and Edward Penfield, both very much inspired by the clean and sinuous lines of the British artist Aubrey Beardsley.” From the V&A

Preceding this, of course, was the work of Toulouse-Lautrec who deserves an entire post!

Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters

A couple of books for your reference…

Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters

Back to Art Nouveau….

Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters

These inspired the invitation for a gala I did for the Women’s Board of The Lincoln Park Zoo…called Le Bal du Zoo, I think the artist did a perfect reinterpretation…it was actually a full size poster sent in a tube…extremely labor intensive. My framed copy resides in the Nena Ivon Archives at Columbia College Chicago where I took this photo…(sorry, not a very good image!)

Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters

South Shore Railroad

Back in the day when all train travel had a mystic and glamour…just a small sampling…

Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters

CENTURY OF PROGRESS

Again, just a small sampling of the huge amount of material (FYI The Chicago History Museum has a spectacular collection!)

Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters

A film poster I found fascinating…another major collectible, movie posters…

Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters

My signed Erté from one of the events when I worked with him…

Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters

My collection of designer posters from events at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee now housed in the Nena Ivon Archives at Columbia College Chicago with their permission to publish.

Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters

Some decorating with poster ideas…

Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters

And of course book suggestions…

Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters
Randolph Street Market Collectible Posters

So much material and you can find any subject, time frame or artist…that interests you…movies…sports…travel…political…the list is as broad as your imagination takes you! And remember when at RSM engage the vendors in conversation, their knowledge is priceless. Look behind items, under tables, look everywhere for special treasures. Be sure to buy your favorite items when you see them or someone else will…you have been forewarned! Most of all enjoy the hunt and the special adventure that is the Randolph Street Market.

All photos found on Pinterest photo credits unknown unless otherwise noted.

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EXCLUSIVE FOR THE RANDOLPH STREET MARKET BY NENA IVON, Nena’s Notes

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