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Original American Literary Poster, Brill, Philadelphia Sunday Press, c. 1895

Travelers to France in the 1890s became entranced by the colorful posters appearing on the streets of Paris. Nothing like those existed in the U.S. until Edward Penfield started designing posters for Harper's Magazine in 1893. Other publishers quickly followed and the “poster craze” was born. Their small sizes, c. 11x18, were designed for bookstores and enabled devotees to assemble significant collections. Designers and artists competed to produce startling posters. This fad lasted for about 10 years but, miraculously some collections survived. Poster Plus in the 1970s was able to find some of these treasures which were sold to collectors and found their way to museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

We still have some wonderful examples which we are pleased to offer:

This charming original poster for Philadelphia Sunday Press features a young lady out on a windy day, leaning on her bicycle and clutching her cap.

The featured articles advertised were: Senator Stephen B. Elkins at Home, General Schofield to Quit the Army, Royal Baby Ball at Athens, How charles H. Cramp Won Success, "The Pianist's Sorrow" by "Holland", Science in Crime, From Paris to London, Sports of Gay Girls, Byrnes' Successor as a Chief Detective, Odd Religious Sects, A Plague of Trilbys Now, Society and Lonsdale, Sensible Winter Fashions for Men, and the "Fifth Instalment of F.W. Roberts' Excellent Novel: "The Woman in the Dark".

Lithograph, 15 x 22 inches
This poster is conservation backed on acid-free paper and canvas.
Original posters are rare and availability is subject to prior sale.