This digital exhibit begins with an illustration of a group of urbanites all
in a state of advanced concentration as they consider the latest issue of
Harper's magazine. Created sometime in the 1890s, this particular poster by
Edward Penfield was one of the first art posters published in America. This
online collection from the New York Public Library is full of such images,
and visitors will enjoy looking over the hundreds of art posters from the
turn of the century offered here. Visitors can view posters created by
dozens of artists, and they can also search the entire collection, if they
so desire. There are a number of gems here, including the poster advertising
the novel "The Involuntary Chaperon" by H.R. Boehm and Edmund Henry
Garrett's poster for "Romance and Reality of the Puritan Coast". [KMG]
- Well worth a visit if you are planning a unit on poster design.
"Hundreds of American posters printed from 1893 through the first
years of the 20th-century. The collection represents the inception and
heyday of magazine, book, and newspaper posters of the last decade of
the 19th-century, and well into the 20th-century."
Explore more what NYPL Digital Gallery has to offer:
NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 520,000 images digitized
from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The
New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical
maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books,
printed ephemera, and more.