They have the power

Three powerful posters from The New Haven Rail  Road in 1950, designer unknown.

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Outdoor ads in 1920s Germany

Here’s a little selection of posters and painted ads from late 1920s’ Germany and Austria as featured in a booklet from 1931 called Reklame und Heimatbild, which translates, clunkily, as Advertising and Homeland Image. I suspect that this selection shows us three examples of ‘bad’ advertising practice and one ‘good’ but my German isn’t up to confirming that. All fascinating nevertheless, including that bit of Bauhaus lettering on the Innsbruck tennis tournament poster.

Morning, noon and night? Three different but equally enticing Mont Blanc poster treatments from 1928 by Georges Dorival.

Signwriting for vans, 1940s’ style

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Van Writing Up-To-Date was published in 1949 and featured these examples of hand painted ‘van writing’ excellence.

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Lots of lovely hand lettering there, with some fine illustration thrown in for good measure. The book tells you everything you need to know as a commercial vehicle signwriter, and includes some template designs which I’ll post on another occasion.