Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mario Borgoni - National Hotel Cairo Egypt

This is one of the most spectacular travel posters, in my opinion. It’s rich and unique colors help it stand out from the rest. It was created for the newly opened National Hotel in Cairo in 1905.  Designed by Mario Borgoni, it features an explorer mounted on a camel surrounded by a stunning sunset over the pyramids.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Manuel Orazi - La Maison Moderne

"Opening its doors in 1899, Julius Meier-Graefe's La Maison Moderne was a competitor of Bing's Maison de l'Art Nouveau, both high-end art dealers focusing on the latest in new, modern art -- which, at the time, included the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Felix Aubert, and Pierre Selmersheim. The Maison, however, had a generally younger clientele and was generally more at the forefront of the movement than Bing's. Orazi, the master lithographer and designer featured at the gallery, created for it one of the most brilliant masterpieces of the era. The model, in serene stillness, is surrounded by all manner of delicate object d'art, from elaborate combs to fanciful lamps, curious statues to languid glassware. A tour de force in graphic design!" (Poster Please)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Leonetto Cappiello - Inchiostri Bo Torino 1921

This is one of my favorite Capiello posters of all time. The only problem is, I don't know anything about it. If you know anything about this poster, I encourage you to post your comments. Also, if you know who's selling the poster please let me know.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Leopoldo Metlicovitz - International Exhibition Milan 1906

"The opening of the transalpine Simplon Tunnel in 1906 was one of the major accomplishments of the early industrial age. It provided the first direct train route between Paris and Milan, and a major exposition was planned to celebrate the achievement. Metlicovitz's design won the competition for the best poster to announce this event, and it was printed in four languages. It has become one of the most famous of all Italian posters.

Metlicovitz shows Mercury riding the train out of the tunnel's darkness into the light of Italy, with Milan and its cathedral in the distance. The extended perspective, the strong contrast of dark and light, and the bold red highlights emphasize the drama of the moment. It is accompanied by the distinguished elegance of Metlicovitz's lettering, which invites our eyes to soak in its sheer sensuousness." (International Poster Gallery)

Monday, April 4, 2011

12. H. A. Volodimer – First Grand Prix of Endurance 24 Hours Du Mans – Cup Rudge – Whitworth 1923

The 24 Hours of Le Mans was first run on May 26 and 27, 1923, through public roads around Le Mans. Originally planned to be a three year event awarded the Rudge Whitworth Triennial Cup, with a winner being declared by the car which could go the farthest distance over three consecutive 24 Hour races, this idea was abandoned in 1928 and overall winners were declared for each single year depending on who covered the farthest distance by the time 24 hours were up. The early races were dominated by French, British, and Italian drivers, teams, and cars, with Bugatti, Bentley, and Alfa Romeo being the dominant marques. Innovations in car design began appearing at the track in the late 1930s, with Bugatti and Alfa Romeo running highly aerodynamic bodywork in order to run down the Mulsannes Straight at faster speeds. In 1936 the race was cancelled due to general strikes in France, and then with the outbreak of World War II in late 1939, the race went on a ten year hiatus while France reconstructed itself