Peace and War in the 20th Century
is an ambitious, in progress, massive assemblage of posters, photographs, propaganda, ephemera, letters, diaries, paintings, sketches, stories, letters, music and related items, from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The collection is international in scope. Some of the nodes lack content, and the navigation is a little confusing, so the jump I list some of my favourite case studies from their site. [more inside]
posted by Rumple
on Jan 2, 2009 -
Legendary artist Alton Kelley created a graphic style that rocked the world beginning in the psychedelic sixties. His concert posters
, logo designs, LP album covers, and fine art have forevermore defined that time. Kelley passed away
peacefully at home on Sunday, June 1, 2008 of complications from a long illness.
posted by terrapin
on Jun 2, 2008 -
is a sort of graffiti wall of mini-posters drawn with very simple tools (to impressive effect, in some cases). Flash - drag the background to see more of the wall.
posted by Wolfdog
on Jan 4, 2008 -
The Color of Top Grossing Movies. A movie’s theatrical poster is only a very small part of the larger marketing and hype machine that turns movies into spectacular blockbusters, but as part of a whole, they are fairly representative of the “image” of any given movie. So, as an exercise in color trends, and to see if any significant pattern emerged, I decided to break down the colors of 25 posters — the top 5 of each MPAA category.
posted by brain_drain
on Sep 12, 2007 -
Spanish Civil War posters,
utilizing many early modernist styles --like Art Deco, surrealism, realism, and photomontage-- to communicate with the people of Spain, many of whom were illiterate.
posted by Gamblor
on Aug 4, 2007 -
"This is a blog about sexy witches. Here you will find witches of all types: elegant, attractive, pretty, cute, hot, naughty or femme fatales; real life witches; people dressed up as witches: for halloween or fancy dress balls; fictional witches: witches in novels, plays and poems; movie witches; cartoon witches; witches in art: carved, painted, sketched and engraved: they are all here, or will be in time." (Some Images Not Safe For Work)
posted by LeeJay
on Apr 8, 2007 -
A Nazi Christmas
Since its most ancient days, the Christmas holiday has been continually reshaped to serve commercial, social, and political ends. These Nazi-era Christmas materials, including an Advent calendar
and an essay
on how to turn Christian holidays into National Socialist ones, come from the German Propaganda Archive
of the Calvin College library. Of course, the Allies also enlisted Christmas in both pop culture and propaganda with cards
, and posters
posted by Miko
on Nov 29, 2006 -
of an international poster competition to raise awareness about prostitution (probably NSFW
to arouse new reflections to bring forward a topic that tends more and more to hide and become unconspicuous," by
"attempting to explore the meaning of the word "prostitution" both from a moral and a sexual standpoint." 200
more entrants. the via is also teh NSFW
posted by Rumple
on Nov 20, 2006 -
The RISD Museum is hosting a retrospective
of Providence's DIY marketing approach to underground shows. The exhibit, with every wall plastered from floor to ceiling, feels like a time-capsule. Fort Thunder
and its associated bands has been mentioned here on the blue before, but the sense of community that comes through, and which still runs through Providence's subcultures thanks to individuals like Ryan Lesser and his "Lots of Noise"
site deserves yet another post. Be sure to check out the Lots of Noise image and photo gallery for more fun stuff. (No direct links, sorry!)
posted by stagewhisper
on Oct 9, 2006 -
This Gallery of Posters
from Exploitation Movies is far too brief, but is still better than not having ANY exploitation movie posters. Apparently the gallery is just a teaser for an exhibit & a book.
posted by jonson
on Sep 14, 2005 -