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.
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."
Condition: B+ /slight stains, largely near edges; in original display frame
There's not a single cigarette or pack in sight, but this stylish vixen certainly attracted passersby to stop and take notice. Mecca Cigarettes were a product of the American Tobacco Company. This poster is in the original display frame.
This remarkably detailed poster promotes a rubber company based in New York. Shown is a painterly panorama of the Manhattan skyline from the North River (known today as the Hudson River), with each building and ship identified below. The massive White Star Line's RMS Oceanic is seen departing the harbor on a return trip to Liverpool and Southampton; she was the largest ship in the world until 1901.
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.
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.