Penfield, Aetna Dynamite, c. 1895

A colorful illustration of a man holding a flag as he waves a warning about an explosion, by American master, Edward Penfield.

 

Artist Edward Penfield, Harper's art director, designed a poster each month between 1894 and 1899. He introduced the art poster to Americans after the French had popularized advertising posters as the "art of the people" in the streets of Paris.
Lithograph, 14 x 19 inches 
Dynamite was invented by Alfred Nobel in 1867 as a safer alternative to gunpowder and nitroglycerine. The Aetna Powder Company was founded outside of Gary Indiana near Miller, Ind and created a company town named Aetna.. The poster is puzzling....is the man warning nearby residents about the plant that frequently had explosions? More likely he's demonstrating the power of their product.  
This poster is conservation backed on acid-free paper and canvas. 
Original vintage posters are rare and availability is subject to prior sale.
 

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