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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Posters

Thurston the Great: 1915

Thurston the Great: 1915

The spirits do come back, if you stay for the second show. 1915 poster advertising an appearance by the magician Howard Thurston (1869-1936), the "King of Cards." Strobridge Lithography, Cincinnati & New York. View full size.

 

The Man Who Knows: 1913

The Man Who Knows: 1913

1913 (?) poster advertising a Minneapolis appearance by Claude Alexander, one of the most famous (and wealthy) mentalists of his time. View full size.

 

Who Stole My Hat?

Who Stole My Hat?

And who turned out the lights? A 1928 poster advertising the "brilliant psychic star" Newmann the Great. View full size. Standard Show Printers of St. Paul.

 

Mid-Nite Spook Party: 1935

Mid-Nite Spook Party: 1935

Way back when, the scariest day of the year was May 14. We're kicking off the Shorpy Halloween party with some of the spookiest posters you've even seen! This one's from 1935. View full size. Triangle Poster & Printing Co., Chicago.

 

Hi! I’m Poor!

Hi! I’m Poor!

A cheery WPA Art Project poster from 1940 for the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority. View full size. Old photos to resume in a few short hours.

 

Pick Up a Case Today

Pick Up a Case Today

A Federal Art Project silkscreen poster from 1941, one of a series of public health graphics so attractively designed, they almost seemed like ads for VD. View full size. Get it while it lasts ... Spread the message with this fine-art print.

 

Back to Books: 1940

Back to Books: 1940

A silkscreen WPA Art Project poster for the Illinois State Library Project circa 1940. View full size. Available as a Juniper Gallery fine-art print.

 
 
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