May/June 2019 edition
Issue #5 AutoMobilia Resource Magazine
The movement known as “Art Deco” was a shortened name version of the planned exhibition “Arts Decoratifs”, which was held in Paris in 1925. This was a deliberate shift away from Art Nouveau, with its flowing and undulating style, lasting from about 1920 until the mid-late 1930s.
Art Deco was directly influenced by some of the prior painting movements of Cubism with its geometric forms, and Fauvism and its bright colors. Generally, the look was simpler, more precise, less embellished, and more linear.
“Pierce Arrow” by Robert Lewis is a stellar example, done in 1929, with strong graphics and metallic silver ink. “Grand Prix Suisse”, by Graf, is a world-renowned image, and was chosen for the cover of the book on the event. Two fine designs, by Kow, convey power with color: “Cap d’Antibes” and “Hotchkiss”.
Mar/Apr 2019 edition
Issue #4 AutoMobilia Resource Magazine
The one consistent line of questioning from both seasoned collectors, and the new purchaser is: preservation of the poster.
The assumption is that a poster under consideration is “collectible”, having a good market value, and worthy of the investment of proper conservation techniques and possible framing.
The aim of preservation of the poster is to retain its authenticity as well as condition and color in the best manner consistent with current archival practices established and practiced world-wide. That “standard” is professional archival linen mounting. This method uses a water-based adhesive to affix the poster to acid free paper, which has already been like-wise affixed to linen. This should only be done by an expert in the field. It is a readily reversible process, but why one would wish to do this eludes me.
Jan/Feb 2019 edition
Issue #3 AutoMobilia Resource Magazine
Nov/Dec 2018 edition
Sept/Oct 2018 edition
Issue #1 AutoMobilia Resource Magazine
Originality and authenticity is the over-riding issue. On the topic of what to look for, the answer is simple: chose a visually exciting image that appeals to you and one you’d want to see again and again. No matter how valuable the market deems a poster to be, if it doesn’t excite your eye, what is the point ? As in the car world “buy what you love”. What works for each collector is different; the “focus” may be your favorite car, races you attended, your birth year, brand loyalty, etc.
The second poster, the 1950’s Porsche Factory Mille Miglia commemorative, by the graphic design genius, Erich Strenger, is printed in offset lithography for the base colors, along with letterpress imprint in black. This poster measures 23” x 33”. Both pieces have stood the test of time and today represent exceptional examples of dynamic art, design, and printing.
Whether for your den, office, home, or garage environment, the authentic vintage poster is a beautiful source of visual enjoyment, as well as a fine investment. What an artistic way to display our automotive passion!
Everett Anton Singer
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Vintage Auto Posters
Tony Singer, the owner of Vintage Auto Posters and Automobilia Monterey International Expo writes about finding, preserving and collecting Vintage Auto Posters.