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July 15, 2012 10:22 AM   Subscribe

Swann Galleries is Photographs, Posters, Prints & Drawings, Books, Maps, Autographs, and African-American Fine Art. Served daily. Also.

Swann Galleries was founded in 1941 as an auction house specializing in Rare Books. Today Swann has separate departments in NYC devoted to Photographs, Posters and Prints & Drawings, in addition to Books, Maps & Atlases and Autographs. [previously on MetaFilter]
posted by netbros (2 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
There is endless material here for browsing.

A couple of days ago a graphic artist friend posted an image of a WWII poster she had run across--it is the same image as in Lot 21 of the August 1 auction but with a different caption. The lot contains 40 posters and has provenance so I must assume it is the original text. I've messaged my friend. Amazing. If the auction estimate didn't run into the thousands, I would so be interested in that lot! I shall enjoy perusing the rest of the catalog. I really love graphic art, especially some vintage material. The typography alone delights me.

Nothing could be more fascinating to me than a gallery like this. Ephemera, it's called, and I love it. Thanks for posting.
posted by Anitanola at 3:04 PM on July 15, 2012

Lovely stuff here, and all the better for being properly described and attributed (something a little thin across tumblr-land).

My dad still gets a Swann catalog every quarter even though, post-dementia, I've let every other subscription and membership expire, and have even requested that some complimentary things stop.
posted by dhartung at 4:05 PM on July 15, 2012

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