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    Artist: ANONYMOUS
    Size: 15 3/8 x 21 3/8 in./39 x 54.3 cm
    Condition: Gouache and ink maquette. Framed.
    Printer:
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    Key Words: Aviation; Art Deco

    12em Meeting de Monaco : Maquette. ca. 1920.
    A biplane soars above, a speedboat zooms below: this is a maquette for a poster advertising the 12th Auto, Boat and Plane Meeting in Monaco. It's a relatively obscure show, but a documentary film was made of the 6th Meeting, in 1909; it's likely the War intervened during the originally scheduled 12th annual meet, and was picked up after the Armistice.
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  • 200 Years of Freedom / Star Spangled Kitsch.
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    Year: 1975

    Size: 30 x 45 inches

    Printed in 1975, it was created to advertise the book Star-Spangled Kitsch by Curtis F. Brown. It certainly embodies all the elements of a somewhat over-the-top patriotism.

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  • Adam Forepaugh & Sells / Enormous Shows United. 1894.
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    Artist: ANONYMOUS
    Size: 30 1/8 x 39 3/8 in./76.5 x 100 cm
    Condition: A-/ Unobtrusive folds.
    Printer: Strobridge, Cincinnati
    Reference: Ref: Phillips VIII, 9
    Key Words: Circus; Horses

    Adam Forepaugh & Sells / Enormous Shows United. 1894.
    A ballerina on a charging white stallion? Yes, that's a perfect metaphor for the Forepaugh & Sells United Shows. It's a frequent motif in circus promotion, but seldom done with such nonchalance: a famous poster as a result.
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  • Adam Forepaugh & Sells Brothers
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    Adam Forepaugh & Sells Brothers

    $1,700.00

    Year: 1900

    Size: 39 x 29 1/2 in

    Condition: B+/ Slight tears at folds.

    With magnificent border-work exemplifying the epitome of 1900 style, this poster is headlined by a trio of photorealistic cameos of the circus-master Sells Brothers and Forepaugh. Only Lewis Sells was still alive and actively managing the circus at the time of printing. 

     

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  • Alka-Seltzer / Germany
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    Alka-Seltzer / Germany

    $100.00

    Year: 1968

    Size: 24 x 32 1/4 inches

    Shown is an array of tempting German food, the message being that if you consume all of it, you'll certainly need some Alka Seltzer!

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  • Anti-Vietnam: Silk-Screened Poster: America?
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    Year: 1969

    Size: 18 x 24 7/8 inches

    Printed in 1968 by students at the Rhode Island School of Design, this poster is part of a series created to protest the Vietnam War. This particular poster features a gun/knife raised to the sky with the word America? written across the top. Supplies were donated by concerned supporters and the students ultimately made 8 posters in the series. They were sold for a few dollars that year, many being hung around college campuses and really wherever the students could slap them onto a wall. A complete collection of this series is held in the Library of Congress and is considered to be one of the more important examples of young activism in our country's history. This is an EXCEPTIONALLY RARE poster.

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  • Anti-Vietnam: Silk-Screened Poster: Is this the American Way?
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    Year: 1969

    Size: 24 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches

    Printed in 1968 by students at the Rhode Island School of Design, this poster is part of a series created to protest the Vietnam War. This particular poster features a gas-masked anonymous person, with the quote "Is this the American Way" reading below. Supplies were donated by concerned supporters and the students ultimately made 8 posters in the series. They were sold for a few dollars that year, many being hung around college campuses and really wherever the students could slap them onto a wall. A complete collection of this series is held in the Library of Congress and is considered to be one of the more important examples of young activism in our country's history. 

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  • Anti-Vietnam: Silk-Screened Poster: Leave the Fear of Red to Horned Beasts
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    Year: 1969

    Printed in 1968 by students at the Rhode Island School of Design, this poster is part of a series created to protest the Vietnam War. This particular poster features a raging bull with the quote "leave the fear of red to horned beasts" written below. Supplies were donated by concerned supporters and the students ultimately made 8 posters in the series. They were sold for a few dollars that year, many being hung around college campuses and really wherever the students could slap them onto a wall. A complete collection of this series is held in the Library of Congress and is considered to be one of the more important examples of young activism in our country's history. This is an EXCEPTIONALLY RARE poster.

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  • Anti-Vietnam: Silk-Screened Poster: Nixon
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    Year: 1969

    Size: 18 x 24 7/8 inches

    That the American involvement in the Vietnam War spawned a myriad of protests is hardly a secret. It was the dawning of a new age of questioning, when it became apparent that perhaps one’s government might not be functioning to serve the interests of the majority, but rather to cater to a gluttonous, fearful few. And in the tried and true old friend of disseminating dissenting viewpoints—the poster—the opposition movement found a powerful graphic voice. This skilk-screend poster is part of a series done by students at Rhode Island School of Design in opposition to the war in Vietnam.

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  • Anti-Vietnam: Silk-Screened Poster: Peace is not healthy for generals and other killing things
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    Year: 1969

    Size: 18 x 24 7/8 inches

    Printed in 1968 by students at the Rhode Island School of Design, this poster is part of a series created to protest the Vietnam War. This particular poster features the saying "Peace is not healthy for generals and other killing things." Supplies were donated by concerned supporters and the students ultimately made 8 posters in the series. They were sold for a few dollars that year, many being hung around college campuses and really wherever the students could slap them onto a wall. A complete collection of this series is held in the Library of Congress and is considered to be one of the more important examples of young activism in our country's history.

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  • Avoir sa Benz. ca. 1920.
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    Avoir sa Benz. ca. 1920.

    $3,500.00

    Artist: ANONYMOUS
    Size: 14 3/4 x 22 5/8 in./37.5 x 57.5 cm
    Condition: A.
    Printer: Office d'Editions d'Art, Paris
    Reference: Ref (all var): Roberts, title page & p. 77; Affiches Automobiles, p. 27; Mercedes, cover, p. 39
    Key Words: Automobile

    Avoir sa Benz. ca. 1920.
    Extremely rare, this euphoric lithograph for Mercedes-Benz France is captioned, "To have her Benz"; the English version proclaims "my Benz: the joy of owning a Benz." The detail is exquisite, right down to the leopard-print on the upper heel of her pumps. The artist's signature is indistinct and indecipherable.
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  • Barnum & Bailey / Greatest Show on Earth
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    Year: 1897

    Size: 29 5/8 x 39 1/8 in

    Condition: A-/ Unobtrusive folds.

    It's apocryphal: we're not entirely sure P.T. Barnum actually said "There's a sucker born every minute, and two to take 'em," but that doesn't mean derivative con-artists didn't take his lead. Circuses were such a large money maker around the turn of the century, many fake and fly-by-night operations emerged, either taking the ticket sale money and running out of town or performing with far fewer acts and animals than originally advertised. Having the owners' sober faces on a poster instilled confidence in potential customers. "As a general thing," P.T. Barnum actually said, "I have not 'duped the world' nor attempted to do so... I have generally given people the worth of their money twice told."  

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  • Barnum & Bailey / Ronaldo The Aerial Gymnast. .
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    Artist: ANONYMOUS
    Size: 39 5/8 x 30 1/4 in./106 x 76.7 cm
    Condition: B+/ Slight tears at edges.
    Printer: Strobridge, Cincinnati
    Reference: Ref: PAI-LVIII, 44
    Key Words: Circus

    Barnum & Bailey / Ronaldo The Aerial Gymnast.
    Ronaldo: master of acrobatic balance and contortionist calisthenics. "A truly wonderful and entirely original high class aerial gymnastic and contortion act by a most marvelous and thoroughly original performer. Unrivaled exhibition of novel, daring and peculiar feats while rapidly twirling on the revolving trapeze. The only performance of its kind in the country.”
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  • Barnum & Bailey / The Könyöt Family. 1909.
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    Artist: ANONYMOUS
    Size: 39 1/4 x 29 3/8 in./99.8 x 74.7 cm
    Condition: A.
    Printer: Strobridge, Cincinnati


    Barnum & Bailey / The Könyöt Family. 1909.
    “The Könyöt family, a multigenerational troupe of equestrian performers, first came to the United States from Hungary in 1909 to perform with [Barnum & Bailey]. They traveled with the show for four seasons before returning to Europe to tour their own circus. Featured in the center ring, the Könyöts were skilled dressage and bareback riders. The 1911 program describes the troupe as performing ‘great feats of whirlwind jockey, carrying, jumping and acrobatic equitation’” (Strobridge, p. 230). This is the earliest version of the poster from the troupe’s debut season.
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  • Barnum & Bailey / The Paldrens
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    Barnum & Bailey / The Paldrens

    $1,700.00

    Year: 1915

    Size: 27 3/8 x 36 7/8 inches

    Condition: B+/ Slight tears at horizontal folds.

    The Paldrens! "Sensational jumping, balancing and pyramiding on burning lamps. Their first appearance in America." Why the Paldrens took to balancing themselves on and between lamps, especially when suspended from propeller planes, is beyond us. Apparently they were still performing in 1921, according to a California paper, but they had gained two men and apparently lost several women from their act. Small cameos of Barnum & Bailey occupy the upper left corner.

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  • Big “A”
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    Big “A”

    $300.00

    Year: ca. 1970

    Size: 45 x 60 inches

    This poster advertises the Aqueduct Raceway in Queens, New York City.

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  • Buffalo Bill’s Wild West
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    Buffalo Bill’s Wild West

    $50.00

    Year: 1976

    Size: 30 x 45 inches

    Printed in 1976, it was created to advertise the book launch of 100 Posters of Buffalo Bill, and features one of the iconic images of the famous showman.

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  • Burroughs Additions Maschinen
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    Burroughs Additions Maschinen

    $1,700.00

    Condition: A

    At first glance, it appears as if the anonymous artist commissioned to provide promotional material for the Burroughs Class 2, high-keyboard adding machine has given us a cutaway view in order to better appreciate the inner-workings of the banking and business staple. However, the construction of these machines included glass sides that allowed the mechanism to be seen and appreciated by buyers. As a bank clerk in Auburn, New York, William Seward Burroughs (1857-1898) became convinced that banks needed a machine that would add figures accurately and print entries and sums. In 1882, he moved to St. Louis, took a job in a machine shop, and began tinkering. By 1891, he had several patents and an adding machine sufficiently reliable for use in banks. It was sold by a firm called American Arithmometer Company, later renamed Burroughs. The Burroughs Corporation would remain an active manufacturer of calculating machines and then computers. In the 1980s it merged with Sperry Univac to form Unisys. And in conclusion, a final bit of trivia: the term "T Totaller," used to describe a formal, precise person who stays away from the consumption of alcohol, originates from bankers who used the Burroughs Class 2 machines, which had a key on the keyboard that was marked "T Total.

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  • CIgarettes Sato. 1933.
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    CIgarettes Sato. 1933.

    $4,000.00

    Artist: ANONYMOUS
    Size: 35 1/4 x 50 1/4 in./89.3 x 127.6 cm
    Condition: A.
    Printer: Sauberlin & Pfeiffer, Vevey
    Reference: Ref: Crouse/Deco, p. 214; Weill/Art Deco, p. 35
    Key Words: Tobacco; Art Deco

    CIgarettes Sato. 1933.
    "In Japanese, sato literally means 'home,' or 'village'... It seems plausible that the unidentified artist may have been familiar with the word, since he created his poster with swank Art Deco Orientalism. The cool tones and exacting geometry of the background contrast wonderfully with the contours of the statuesque bust, itself an almost feline vision of pleasurable addiction. The airbrushed tendril of curlicued smoke pairs nicely with the smoker's flowing peroxide-blonde hair... 'Aret' in 'cigarettes' is differentiated from the rest of the word by dropping out in white. A French-speaking viewer would recognize 'aret' as a homophone for the French word for 'stop'" (Crouse/Deco, p. 214).
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  • Cocchi. 1938.
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    Cocchi. 1938.

    $1,700.00

    Artist: ANONYMOUS
    Size: 39 x 54 3/4 in./99 x 139 cm
    Condition: B+/ Slight tears at edges.
    Printer: Grafico Rivera, Alessandria
    Reference: Ref: Manifesti Posters/Advertising, p. 226
    Key Words: Art Deco; Alcohol; Americana

    Cocchi. 1938.
    A Deco cock crows out – its great American appetite has been awakened – on behalf of Cocchi Americano Bianco (pronounced: 'coke-ey ameri-kano), a white wine from the Piedmont region fortified and aromatized with botanicals including chinchona, gentian and citrus. The name "Americano," interestingly enough, is because the alcohol has been made bitter ("americato") by the botanicals; as well as the (seemingly archaic) American habit of drinking vermouth with ice and soda.
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  • Cole Bros. / Con Colleano. 1945.
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    Cole Bros. / Con Colleano. 1945.

    $800.00

    Artist: ANONYMOUS
    Size: 27 7/8 x 42 3/4 in./71 x 108.7 cm
    Condition: A-/ Slight tears at edges.
    Printer:
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    Key Words: Circus

    Cole Bros. / Con Colleano. 1945.
    Con Colleano, "The Wizard of the Wire," was an Indigenous tightrope walker from New South Wales; after several performances in South Africa, he adopted the Spanish toreador persona he'd carry for the rest of his career. He was soon noticed by Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus, where he performed for many years before the war. This poster finds him at the close of World War II performing with the Cole Bros. Circus., which suffered two circus-train crashes that year.
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  • Forepaugh & Sells
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    Forepaugh & Sells

    $1,700.00

    Year: 1896

    Size: 39 1/4 x 29 3/4 in

    Condition: A. 

    Circuses were always chancy operations; mountebanks and scammers abounded. In many posters of the this period, regal portraits of the proprietors lent a bit of credibility toward the purchase of one's circus tickets. Here, however, the irony is overwhelming: Adam Forepaugh died in 1890; his name was sold to James Bailey, who partnered with the Sells Brothers to create these "Enormous Shows Combined," as a forerunner of Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey. In this earlier image of the founders / partners, the third Sells brother, Ephraim, makes an appearance.

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  • Forepaugh & Sells / United Shows
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    Forepaugh & Sells / United Shows

    $1,500.00

    Year: ca. 1905

    Size: 38 5/8 x 29 3/8 in

    Condition: B/ Slight tears at folds.

    The Sells Brothers (L & R) merged with Adam Forepaugh in 1900 to create the Forepaugh & Sells Bros. "Big United Shows." Adam Forepaugh created many notable innovations in circus history, including a "wild west show," the first beauty pageant in America, and hired one of the first African-Americans in the circus industry as an elephant trainer. As we've said elsewhere, owners' portraits were meant to establish integrity and legitimacy; in reality, Forepaugh was rather unscrupulous: whitewashing a grey elephant to one-up P.T. Barnum's own "white elephant," for example.

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  • J. Ch. Wicky / Vermouth Blanc
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    J. Ch. Wicky / Vermouth Blanc

    $800.00

    Size: 12 3/8 x 17 3/4 in

    Condition: A/ Framed.

    A stately, sophisticated, and supremely Swiss statement of superiority regarding the quality of J. Ch. Wicky's white vermouth. This is an in-store display with grommets at top, framed.

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