Although most of Glaser's posters are for cultural events or institutions, this commission was occasioned by the bicentennial of the United States Constitution. A blocky profile of blind justice dominates the design. The panel below it has a vague flavor of Grecian columns, suggesting classical virtues and Parthenon-style courthouse architecture.
Condition: B/ Slight tears and stains, largely in text area.
The Campbell's soup company has many other entrepreneurs to thank for its success, including the Franco-American Food Company, founded by French emigré Alphonse Biardot in 1886. His canned soups and pastas—inspired by his native cuisine—became quite successful, and Campbell's acquired the company in 1915. His company's name was eventually phased out, but we can still thank Biardot for products beloved by children today: namely, SpaghettiOs and RavioliOs. This poster provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Franco-American company in its heyday.
The Mother of Us All—a 1945 opera by Virgil Thomson set to a libretto by Gertrude Stein—chronicles the life of Susan B. Anthony in a fanciful exploration of American history. In 1967, Robert Indiana was invited to design the set and costumes for the Center Opera Company at the Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and several productions thereafter. Similar to his pop-art paintings, he employed flat primary colors, but took a more patriotic bent for this production: red, white, and blue banners; star-spangled pickets affirming the right to vote; and signage that draws on American advertising—all of which are imbued in this poster. This poster is hand-signed by Indiana and his assistant, Bill Katz.
Magnificent and ferocious creatures are the focus of this advertisement for the Seils Sterling Circus and their "show of a thousand wonders." Here, wild cats, a camel, and an elephant rest in their natural habitat of grassy plains, exhibiting both threatening bared teeth and more relaxed expressions. This is a half-sheet vertical poster.
Here is Buffalo Bill in all his glory, riding his white steed over a rocky outcrop and ruminating over the Native Americans below. A newspaper wrote in 1883 that, "Cody was an extraordinary figure, and sits on a horse as if he were born in the saddle" (Buffalo Bill, p. 3), which certainly rings true in this image from later in his life. This poster is one of several advertisements for his epic biopic "The Life of Buffalo Bill in 3 Reels," and gives film production credit at bottom to Buffalo Bill-Pawnee Bill Film Co., New York City.
Unlike most of Buffalo Bill's Wild West shows and the posters made for them, this scene, depicted for Barnsdale's film screening, is much more graphically dramatic and violent. Most of the posters Buffalo Bill commissioned for his shows employed a further vantage point and less attackers filling the scene—and certainly, less gore! Regardless, it provides an interesting perspective on how advertising imagery had shifted toward the end of Buffalo Bill's life. This version includes a Barnsdale tip-on.
This is the very rare three-sheet version of "The Life of Buffalo Bill." The vignettes have changed from its first and more well-known variant (see no. 173), with Cody at the center, now dismounted. At the top is the famed Stage Robbery scene presented at all the Buffalo Bill shows, while the bottom showcases a display of his heroics as a military scout under General Carr. The film was produced by the Buffalo Bill-Pawnee Bill Film Co. in New York.
“In 1912, The Life of Buffalo Bill... told Cody’s life story, beginning with a scene in which he rides through a river, looking for Indians or game. Cody rides up to the camera, with hat back, left hand up... his trusty Winchester ‘73 rifle clutched in his right hand... Since there is a story line to the sequence... the film is much more advanced than the Wild West [shows] and is classified as one of the first Westerns. Cody was attempting to move the Wild West show from the arena into movie theaters. But in his sixties, he was a bit old to become a cinema star and capitalize on the new medium, try as he did” (Buffalo Bill/Legend, p. 227 & 228). The top scene is "First Scalp for Custer," and the poster promises "Thrilling incidents in the life of the last of the great scouts." The film was produced by Buffalo Bill-Pawnee Bill Film Co., and this image includes a tip-on for its distributor, Barnsdale Films.
Printed in 1975, it was printed to commemorate the 200 year anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord. The text in the upper right quotes Captain Parker, "Stand your ground, don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war let it begin here."