10 vintage posters that we love

Here at RDT we love anything that’s printed, especially posters. Print is real. Print is tangible. You can hold it. You can stand back and appreciate it.

Posters are a prime example of print at its best. Posters remind you of the past. They help you look forward to the future. Posters are timeless printed works of art.

Here are 10 posters that we love and cherish.

1.Metropolis, Sci-Fi – Vintage Movie Poster
Metropolis, Sci-Fi - Vintage Movie Poster

First off is a classic in every sense of the word. Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist epic science-fiction drama film directed by Fritz Lang. It has long been thought of as one of the greatest films ever made. Not only that, in the world of graphic design the movie’s poster is classed as a work of art … and we can see why.

2.Absinthe Robette – Alcohol Vintage Poster

Absinthe Robette - Alcohol Vintage Poster

Throughout the late 19th century and into the 20th, new posters advertising luxury goods were commissioned from influential Art Nouveau artists. One of the all-time greats is this poster by Henri Privat-Livermont advertising Absinthe Robette.

3.Alaska via Canadian Pacific – Vintage Travel Poster

Alaska via Canadian Pacific - Vintage Travel Poster

Next is a vintage travel poster by Taku Glacier. We love the mix of blues and greens and also the depiction of an old cruise ship.

4.Tournée du Chat Noir – Vintage Poster

Tournée du Chat Noir - Vintage Poster

Le Chat Noir was said to be the first ever modern cabaret, opening its doors in Paris in 1881. This poster was created by Art Nouveau printmaker Théophile Steinlen in 1896 to promote an upcoming tour of the cabaret’s performers.

5.Holiday Farming Camp, Lend a Hand on the Land – Vintage Advertising Poster

Le Chat Noir was said to be the first ever modern cabaret, opening its doors in Paris in 1881. This poster was created by Art Nouveau printmaker Théophile Steinlen in 1896 to promote an upcoming tour of the cabaret’s performers. 5.Holiday Farming Camp, Lend a Hand on the Land - Vintage Advertising Poster

Here is a poster from WWII advertising farming holidays in a bid to increase food production owing to the ravishes of war. If these types of holidays were around today, would you book a ticket?

6.A Year From Now – Vintage Motivational Poster

A Year From Now - Vintage Motivational Poster

Made in 1943, this motivational poster is still as strong a message today.

7.Sioux City Camera Club Photographs, The Community Federal Art Center – Vintage Photography Exhibition Poster

Sioux City Camera Club Photographs, The Community Federal Art Center - Vintage Photography Exhibition Poster

Above is a poster for the Sioux City Camera Club’s second annual exhibition of photographs at the Community Federal Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa printed in 1939.

8.Attack of the 50 ft. Woman – Vintage Horror Movie Poster

Attack of the 50 ft. Woman - Vintage Horror Movie Poster

Cinema-goers were no strangers to oversized men and giant apes, but 1958 saw the first female colossus hit the city in Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. A classic movie, with a classic poster.

9.David Belasco’s New Farcical Comedy, Naughty Anthony – Vintage Theatre Cat Poster
David Belasco's New Farcical Comedy, Naughty Anthony - Vintage Theatre Cat Poster

Cats used to advertise a farcical comedy! … What’s not to love about this one! First created and published way back in 1899.

10.Regional Poster Exhibition – Vintage Gallery Art Poster

David Belasco's New Farcical Comedy, Naughty Anthony - Vintage Theatre Cat Poster

Finally, what better way to finish off a blog post about posters than a poster about a poster exhibition. This poster was first published between 1936 and 1939 for a Federal Art Project exhibition of posters in New York and New Jersey.

So there we have it: 10 printed posters that we love and in our opinion have held the test of time. If you would like to download any of these posters for free, head on over to www.freevintageposters.com

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