Time for bed? In 1930s Belgium that means Epeda “the soft and strong mattress”. Designer unknown.


Painted ads in 1920s’ Hamburg

There’s always a fascination about old streetscapes, but these appeal in particular because they feature some of Hamburg’s painted advertising from the very early 1920s.

I’ve taken them from the July/August 1921 edition of Das Plakat, a brilliant German journal of the advertising arts. I think there may have been a bit of retouching of the original images to highlight some of the lettering, but the shots still give a feel for the extent and impact of the street advertising of the era.

I wonder if any of these survive as ghostsigns? Unlikely, given what happened to the city in WW2.