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Poster Child

Posters, with their history in marketing, communication and low-cost propaganda are designed to be both eye-catching and informative. Posters have been around almost as long as civilized society Рthey advertised the plays of Shakespeare, dammit! But, the modern poster, as we know it, can be traced to 1870 when the printing industry perfected color lithography which allowed for the possibility of mass production. Previously, all text or imagery could only exist in a black and white medium.

Quickly adopted en masse by great European artists, the poster famously came to be used by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Pierre Bonnard. The poster has been adopted by artists of many contemporary movements (in almost any language) Рfrom Bauhaus to Art Nouveau to Surrealism to Cubism and Hippie Counter Culture.

Not just for college dorm walls anymore! 

Photograph by Lincoln Barbour

A home theater has inviting velvet chairs, funny Mexican movie posters and pillows made from vintage silk scarves. The home on the Oregon Coast was decorated by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. Photograph by Lincoln Barbour.

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Ceisweiler Poster

The classic, French wine and spirits poster features a simple image of a bottle laying back at an angle with a ghost of a glass superimposed. The Art Deco design was created by Lajos Marton in 1921. The clever image is an easy way to bring an antique, time-travelling vibe to an otherwise contemporary space.

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The Design Files

The Coburg, Melbourne home of Emilio Fuscaldo and Anna Krien. Photography by Sean Fennessy. Styling by Lucy Feagins of The Design Files. The color of an exposed brick wall, is the perfect backdrop for the German advertisement of¬†Zoologischer Garten M√ľnchen¬†featuring leopards.

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Alan Design Studio

A Chicago, Illinois home, with close proximity to Wrigleyville, pays homages to the stadium lifestyle with a retro Coca Cola poster by Alan Design Studio.

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Not able to purchase reproductions or giclee canvas prints? Head over to FreeVintagePoster.com for 100% free downloads of classic designs. Many of the retro images are sourced from the Public Domain, Library of Congress and other libraries. Free Vintage Posters offers hundreds of high quality printable posters in advertising, travel, food, drink, art, movies, westerns, military, magic and more. Download these high-quality, professionally scanned beauties, print on heavy stock and frame them yourself for an decor inexpensive option!

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Suza Designs

A contemporary residence in Hilldale, California by SÜZA Design features an incredible book and movie poster collection. To unifiy the multi-colored area, each poster was framed in a thin, clean and black, museum quality frame. All furniture and wall fixtures are in soft, neutral tones which allow the space to not become overwhelming.

A fan of movie posters? Head to FVP for many retro options, here.

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Ouriço Arquitetura e Design.

Ouri√ßo Arquitetura¬†e Design‘s vintage French posters bring levity to a children’s room. The space in Impanema is bright and cheery with a sense of humor. Jour de f√™te, is a 1949 French film by¬†Jacques Tati. I particilarly love the industrial, blue table lamps on an antique trunk.

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Frames and Vintage PostersEmpty frames, a chevron rug, a midcentury coffee table and a framed Nitrolian poster by Leonetto Cappiello in 1929. Home by Natalie Fuglestveit Interior Design and photography by Lindsay Nichols Photography.

Cappiello is considered to be one of the greatest posterists of his age. Cappiello’s approach was “always image association – the idea that you don’t really remember the image of the product itself, but the image of something is associated with the product …”This classic image of a painter using paint which dries before the lady of the house meanders down the stairs is wonderful, simple, and elegant.

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Alison Giese Interiors

Alison Giese Interiors

Excerpts from the kids room of Houston-based interior designer Alison Giese bridge traditional furniture styles with antique accents and drawer pulls. The room is adult-like but colored for children!

The Paris-Lyon-Mediterranee vintage travel poster by Roger Broders, from 1928, advertising La Plage de Calvi, features a sublime oceanic landscape of glistening, coastal golds, blues and orange.

Love the European travel advertisement? FVP has a similar version here.

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ABCD Design

ABCD Design

New York artist, stylist and designer Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo of ABCD Design and her husband, Mr. D own this tremendous Soho Loft. Amy is a collector of vintage advertising posters, china cups, yarn and images.  She layers pieces from different eras that fit with their taste and fuses to create her own landscape Рa directors chair mingles with a Chesterfield sofa and Mercury Glass Lamps. Images found via Poppytalk.

Like the Cognac poster? FVP has a similar version here.

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Jenn Hannotte / Hannotte Interiors

This Parkdale, Toronoto, Canada based home is situated in a renewed Victorian building. The bright red, black and blue poster brings drama to an otherwise peaceful space. Interior design and image by Jenn Hannotte.

A fan of movie posters? Head to FVP for many retro options, here.

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Keren Veisblatt Toledano is a Senior Strategist at Brooklyn United, a digital agency for bold brands. In her spare time, Keren can usually be found taking photos of old doors, visiting museum, soaking in Epsom salts, admiring copper pots, reading dystopian science fiction or sneaking a slice of lemon into her drinks. Her motto is, ‚ÄúA morning without coffee is sleep.‚ÄĚ She lives in a brownstone with her cat, Cagney, husband, Michael, and son, Josiah, in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY.

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