Sunday, June 11, 2006

Ward, June, and everybody else...

Affordable Art

For years now I have been in love with advertising posters from the 50's and 60's. I thought one day I would luck out and find a picture I liked in a book, take it to a print shop and have it blown up to poster size. Well, I found a GREAT resource: Plan 59, a site where you can order quality prints of Mid-Century illustration. This site has such great images, it was hard for me to limit which ones to display.

The categories cover decor, food, photographs, old ads, alcohol, and three different vehicle groups: cars, station wagons, and trucks. They also post when a new scan is available on their blog, Pastelogram.

The prints can be ordered on a variety of archival papers and can range in size and price from an 11" x 11" print for $25; 15" x 15" for $35; to a 20" x 20" print for $65. For a truly dramatic piece, the Grand Large Format size can be up to 44" x 96" or 4 feet by 8 feet for $320.

Can you imagine one of the sleek automobile ads stretching out above your sofa? Or one of the domestic ones hanging in your kitchen, especially if the majority of your cooking includes your microwave and the phrase "Heat on High for 3 minutes?"

Automobile Advertising

1957 Mercury

Domestic Images

Domestic Goddess, 1960

Midnight Raiders, 1958

1951 Florida Oranges

Bold Images

Pop Art, 1946

American Brake Shoe, 1956 #1

1958 Retro Housewife

I am a big fan of this one; the golfing housewife, and the colors just happen to match my living/dining room.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just don't know where you get the time to check this stuff out Lisa. Pretty cool posters though. Talk to you soon.