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THE CHICAGO TRANSIT POSTERS OF THE 1920S: During the 1920s four major electric railways operating in and around Chicago were owned by Samuel Insull and managed by Britton Budd. These visionaries used posters to celebrate the landmarks and cultural institutions of greater Chicago. The posters at the time were recognized throughout the world as significant in design and beauty. The rediscovery of originals, initially in 1975 and later in 2003 by David Gartler, founder of Poster Plus, led to a program of reprints to make these wonderful historic posters available to a wider audience.

Poster Plus publications offer the most extensive selection of vintage Chicago poster art ever reproduced.  Culled from hundreds of Chicago travel posters, we have faithfully reproduced over forty timeless images from the 1920’s and 30’s Chicago railroad travel advertising campaigns and both Chicago World’s Fairs.


In this section of our website are reproductions of original posters that were hung in tourism offices, railway stations, ticket agencies, and other locations suitable for advertising. Our posters include images from the Chicago Transit Authority, North Shore Line, the South Shore Line, Rapid Transit and Elevated Lines posters and are available in multiple formats as magnets, notecards, offset posters, and limited edition posters.

Shop Poster Plus and find the 1997 Chicago Transit Authority Centennial poster, Avoid Street Congestion. Printed exclusively by Poster Plus for the CTA after a poster made by Arthur A. Johnson, this poster is our most popular poster, and continues to embody the essence of the Chicago Loop.

Newest to our line are our limited giclee posters. For the first time since their original printings from the 1890s to the 1930s, Poster Plus now offers such images as The Boul Mich by the Elevated Lines and The Art Institute by the Elevated Linesas high quality art prints. Meticulously reproduced side by side with the original vintage poster, each giclee print is authentic to its original in color and detail. Poster Plus limited edition giclees are printed on high quality acid free papers with archival inks in editions of 500 and 1,000.

Poster Plus Publications are also available at wholesale pricing to qualified resellers. For more information, contact us .

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