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Mid-Century Modern Posters

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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James Bond 'Thunderball' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Japanese, 1974
Located in Devon, GB
In Sean Connery's fourth outing as suave secret agent James Bond, 'Thunderball' saw the British spy dispatched to the Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by Spectre, culmi...
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1970s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

1960s British Coach Travel Poster Landscape Wildlife Midcentury Pop Art
Located in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Original 1967 travel poster designed by R.Brown for the Tilling Association, London, UK. First edition color offset lithograph. Rolled. Measures: L 77cm x W 51cm.
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1960s British Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Original Midcentury Abstract Art Exhibition Poster, Signed Rosso Dated 1975
Located in Arles, FR
Original midcentury abstract art exhibition poster with wonderful vivid colors of blue, red, green, beige, etc... Very decorative, signed by the artist and dated 1975. Measures: 18"...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Salvador Dali Midcentury Art Exhibition Poster, 1975
Located in Arles, FR
Original midcentury art exhibition poster of Salvador Dali’s work. This poster shows the master's interesting depiction of a woman holding a bouquet of flowers. Exhibit was held in...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

'Mon Oncle' Original Vintage Movie Poster by Olle Olsson Hagalund, Swedish, 1959
Located in Devon, GB
A rare poster for the first Swedish release of the 1958 Classic French slapstick comedy "Mon Oncle", written, directed, produced by and starring Jacques Tati as the eccentric hero Mo...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Large Mid-Century Modern Milano Italy Female Bust Lithograph Wall Art
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Large Mid-Century Modern "Milano 70/70" unsigned offset lithograph featuring a portrait of a floral adorned female bust. Framed behind clear Plexiglas in a silver metal frame with wo...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Metal

Vintage Advertising Wood Carved Relief Beefeater Advertising
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage advertising wood carved relief beefeater advertising.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Wood, Paint

Paul Newman 'The Hustler' Original Vintage Movie Poster, American, 1964
Located in Devon, GB
One of the few re-release US One Sheets that is preferred to the original by collectors due to its superior artwork, this eye-catching poster was issued for a 1964 re-release of the ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

'Pinocchio' Original Vintage Polish Film Poster by Kazimierz Mann, 1962
Located in Devon, GB
Although Western films were shown during the Soviet era in the Communist Bloc, American publicity materials were banned, allowing the state-commissioned artists to operate with total...
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

'The Great Escape' Original Vintage US One Sheet Movie Poster, 1963
Located in Devon, GB
Best known for his action packed James Bond posters, American artist Frank McCarthy's dynamic design for John Sturges' spectacular 1963 wartime adventure 'The Great Escape' features ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Original Vintage Poster Festival de Jazz 1988 French Lithograph for Jazz
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Original vintage poster, Festival de Jazz, 1988 Artist: Kalsen Year: 1988 Dimensions: 78 x 55 cm Condition: Excellent Format: Linen backed.
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Posters

Soviet Propaganda Poster from the 1970's: Large Format (Seven Feet by 4 Feet)
Located in Hudson, NY
A Strikingly Handsome Worker Invites Others to the New USSR Reforms on Labor Collectives. A Bold, Colorful and Spectacular GRAPHIC. Large Scale (6.5 by 4 feet) Poster is Backed on S...
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Mid-20th Century Russian Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Czech, 1978
Located in Devon, GB
A fantastically bizarre poster by Jan Weber for the first Czech release of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Although Western films were shown during the Soviet era in the Communist...
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1970s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Vintage French Poster, 'Estate e Mare' by Lora Lamm
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Born in 1928, Lora Lamm is a well-known Swiss graphic designer. She had a career in graphic design for over 60 years and she is best known for her 10 years of work in Milan between 1...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

'Some Like It Hot' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Australian, 1960s
Located in Devon, GB
With it's non-stop action, smutty one-liners, sexual innuendo and skilful blend of high and low comedy, Billy Wilder's timeless screwball comedy 'Some Like It Hot' is widely regarded...
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1960s Australian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Original Vintage Poster by Cieslewicz, Circa 1970 'REPORTERS'
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Original vintage poster by Cieslewicz, Circa 1970 'REPORTERS' "Cieslewicz's art merges a number of intellectual and emotional threads through close relationships between words an...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper, Linen

Original Vintage Travel Poster Koln Cologne Cathedral Germany Mid-Century Modern
Located in London, GB
Original vintage travel poster for Koln / Cologne featuring a stunning mid-century illustration by the German artist Werner Labbe (1909-1989) depicting the Cathedral Church of Saint ...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Set of 6 Marcel Duchamp Rotorelief Konig Series 133, 1987
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of 6 Marcel Duchamp Rotoreliefs, 1987 Konig Series 133. Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp (French 28 July 1887–2 October 1968) was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, ...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Marc Chagall, 'Nice Soleil' Original Vintage Poster
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
This is a deluxe edition featuring a blind stamp with the markings RGM. This poster was printed in France by and for the French Government. Marc Chagall was a Russian-French artist ...
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1760s French Antique Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Original Vintage Fine Art Exhibition Poster MODIGLIANI DEPUIS BONNARD, 1957
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Original vintage Fine art exhibition poster MODIGLIANI DEPUIS BONNARD, 1957 This is an original vintage poster from 1957 Artist Modigliani Year 1957 Dimensions 73 x 5...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Vintage French Poster, 'LORA LAMM IL GIARDINO' by Lora Lamm
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Born in 1928, Lora Lamm is a well-known Swiss graphic designer. She had a career in graphic design for over 60 years and she is best known for her 10 years of work in Milan between 1...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

The Beatles 'A Hard Day's Night' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Australian, 1964
Located in Devon, GB
A stunning stone lithography poster for The Beatles' first full-length feature film "A Hard Day's Night," which followed the fab four over an anarchic 36 hours in London at the heigh...
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1960s Australian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

'Eye' Poster Dress by Harry Gordon, Poster Dresses Ltd. London, England
Located in London, GB
1st edition 1968. 'Poster Dress - Eye', a disposable paper dress screen printed tissue, wood pulp and rayon mesh, with internal 'Poster Dresses' label, in the original packaging, wit...
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Audrey Hepburn "Roman Holiday" Original Vintage US Movie Poster, 1953
Located in Devon, GB
A delightful US window card for Audrey Hepburn's 1953 Hollywood debut "Roman Holiday," the reverse Cinderella story of a frustrated young princess who eludes her attendants for 24 ho...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Nature Depicted 1970s Vintage Riec Art Exhibition Poster
Located in Arles, FR
This is a beautiful original art exhibition poster depicting the work of RIEC (possibly an artist from the Balkans). These vibrant botanical colors will brighten any space. Look cl...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Original Vintage French 1960's Poster, 'Camping' by G. Nicolitch
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Artist G Nicolitch Year 1967 Dimensions 160 x 120cm Condition Good Format Linen Backed.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Linen, Paper

Swiss Winter Sports Travel Poster by Herbert Leupin
Located in Essex, MA
An original lithograph Swiss travel poster by graphic designer Herbert Leupin (Swiss, 1916-1999) entitled, in French, L'heure des sports d'hiver en Suisse (Time for Winter Sports in ...
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1950s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Max Bill Geneve Musee Serigraph, 1972
Located in Hingham, MA
Max Bill (1908-1994) Geneva Museum exhibition serigraph, created to accompany the exhibition of works by Max Bill held from 6 April through 30 April 1972 at the Musee Rath in Geneva,...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Aluminum

Original Vintage Exhibition Poster, Caroret, 'Ville De Paris' Circa 1970
By Michel Cadoret
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Original vintage exhibition poster, Caroret, 'Ville De Paris' Circa 1970 Michel Cadoret was a French artist. He was a student of Luc Simon at the l'École nationale supérieure des ...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Original Vintage Art Poster, Simon Hantaï
By Simon Hantaï
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Original Vintage art poster, Simon Hantaï “Inspired by the work of Jackson Pollock, Hantaï would lay un-stretched canvas on the floor, fold and knot it before painting onto the cr...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Marcel Duchamp Cage Rotorelief Konig Series 133, 1987
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Marcel Duchamp Rotoreliefs, 1987 Konig Series 133. Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp (French 28 July 1887–2 October 1968) was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess pla...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Le Laitage- Musee Scolaire Paris Original Vintage French Diary Farm Poster
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Le Laitage- Musee Scolaire Paris original vintage French dairy farm poster An original vintage French diary poster which comprises of individual dairy products, beautifully detail...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Audrey Hepburn 'Sabrina' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Swedish, 1955
Located in Devon, GB
An extremely rare poster for the first Swedish release of the classic American romantic comedy 'Sabrina' in 1955. Undoubtedly one of the best poster designs for this title, we have n...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Marcel Duchamp Cage Rotorelief Konig Series 133, 1987
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Marcel Duchamp Rotoreliefs, 1987 Konig Series 133. Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp (French 28 July 1887–2 October 1968) was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess pla...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Huge Vintage Barbarella Movie Poster in White Frame
Located in Berlin, DE
Huge vintage Barbarella movie poster in white frame.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Original Vintage Poster Lexicon Hispano Olivetti Typewriter Graphic Design Bird
Located in London, GB
Original vintage Avant Garde advertising poster for the Lexicon Hispano Olivetti 80 typewriter model featuring a great mid-century graphic design depicting a colourful bird flying ab...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Double-Sided Poster Masson & Cie, London Street Scenes, Circus Goes to America
Located in Arles, FR
Very decorative double sided poster from Masson & Cie, 1960s. This vintage wall decoration has wonderful details of London Street Scenes and The Circus Goes to America. Produced i...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Vintage Pablo Picasso Poster Created for the 1958 Exhibition
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Vintage Pablo Picasso poster created for the 1958 exhibition of sculptures and drawings at the Maison de la Pensee Francaise, Paris. Printed by Mourlot, Paris.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

'Hang 'Em High' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Japanese, 1968
Located in Devon, GB
A steely Clint Eastwood dominates as a vengeful lawman fighting to bring down the vigilante lynch mob who left him for dead on this atmospheric B2 poster for the original Japanese re...
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Man Ray Objects of my Affection Exhibition Poster Trompe L'Oeuf MoMA, 1969
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The “objects” of American artist Man Ray’s affection were small, limited-edition sculptures. Although influenced by French artist Marcel Duchamp, Ray eschewed the Duchampian term rea...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Marcel Duchamp Cage Rotorelief Konig Series 133, 1987
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Marcel Duchamp Rotoreliefs, 1987 Konig Series 133. Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp (French 28 July 1887–2 October 1968) was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess pla...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Original Vintage Exhibition Poster, Sonia Delaunay 'Les Peintres Et L’art', 1970
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Original Vintage Exhibition Poster, Sonia Delaunay 'LES PEINTRES ET L’ART', 1970 "Sonia Delaunay was a French artist, who spent most of her working life in Paris. She formally tra...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Vintage Fly TWA Airlines to Los Angles Poster by Artist David Klein, circa 1960s
Located in St. Louis, MO
Super cool 1960s Fly TWA Airlines to Los Angles poster by famed artist David Klein. In very nice vintage condition, with only a few pins holes in the corners, center top and bottom. ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Rare 1972 Joan Miro Original Abstract Exposition Poster from Canarias Spain
Located in San Diego, CA
Original aluminium framed original vintage poster from Spanish artist, Joan Miro Canarias Spain exhibition, February 1972 Spain nice condition vibrant colors not faded or stained. Hi...
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20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Aluminum

Late Mid-Century Fashion Photography by Peter H. Fürst, Professionally Framed
Located in Salzburg, AT
Peter H. Fürst born 1939 in Austria - died 2018 in Germany From 1954 to 1957, Fürst completed an apprenticeship in his parents' company and studied at the higher graphic teaching ...
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Early 2000s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Silver Leaf

Midcentury Joan Miro Kaiser Wilhelm Museum Krefeld Lithograph Art Poster
Located in San Diego, CA
Highly collectible midcentury Joan Miro Kaiser Wilhelm Museum Krefeld lithograph art poster to advertise an exhibition in West Germany, circa 1950s. The piece is from the French Post...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Original Vintage Poster Music Festival De Berlin Midcentury Design Brandenburg F
Located in London, GB
Original vintage travel poster promoting the Festival de Berlin music festival in Berlin from 17 September to 4 October 1955 featuring an elegant mid-century design of a stylised mus...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

James Bond 'You Only Live Twice' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Australian, 1967
Located in Devon, GB
The fifth film in EON Productions' James Bond series and the last of Sean Connery's first stint starring as the suave secret agent, it was announced during filming of 'You Only Live ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Original Vintage 1960's Advertising Poster, 'CAMPARI' by Piatti
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Original vintage 1960's advertising poster, 'CAMPARI' by Piatti. Year 1966 Dimension: 90 x 128cm Condition Excellent Artist Piatti Format Linen-backed This p...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Other

'La Dolce Vita' Original Vintage US One Sheet Movie Poster, 1961
Located in Devon, GB
Opening with the striking panorama of a statue of Christ suspended by helicopter, flying across the city of Rome, Federico Fellini’s epic satire 'La Dolce Vita' charted seven episode...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

"Man of La Mancha" Broadway Poster, Anta Washington Square Theatre, 1977
Located in San Diego, CA
Highly collectible "Man of La Mancha" first edition Broadway poster from Anta Washington Square theatre production, circa 1977. The print is in excellent condition with vibrant color...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Metal

'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' French Movie Poster by Bernard Lancy, 1951
Located in Devon, GB
With a retelling of a German fairytale by the Brothers Grimm, Walt Disney introduced a sceptical America to his first full-length cel animated feature film in 1937. Hailed as a landm...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Paul Newman 'Hud' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Japanese, 1963
Located in Devon, GB
Evoking the wide, flat landscape and beating sun of the American West, this rare knockout poster for the original Japanese release of revisionist Western ‘Hud’ places Paul Newman cen...
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Original Vintage 1950s French Government Tourism Poster 'Obernai'
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Artist Schall Year circa 1950 Dimensions: 81 x 48 cm (31 x 18 inches) Condition: Good Linen backed.  
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Other

Original Signed Art Exhibition Poster by Artist Ivicevic Slobodan, 1975
Located in Arles, FR
A beautiful original midcentury poster signed by listed artist Ivicevic Slobodan on July 2, 1975 in Nice, France during his exhibit at the famous L'Art Marginal. As shown on the ...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

'Le Mepris' Original Vintage French Movie Poster by Georges Allard, 1963
By Georges Allard
Located in Devon, GB
At the height of her fame, Brigitte Bardot is every inch the devastating screen siren on Georges Allard's sumptuous and sought after poster for the country of origin release of Jean-...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Original Vintage Poster, Olympic Runners, Munich Games, 1973 Sports Poster
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Artist: Anonymous Year: 1973 Dimensions: 92 x 64cm Condition: Excellent condition Format: Linen backed.  
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

Vintage French Poster, 'Lora Lamm IL Giardino' by Lora Lamm
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Born in 1928, Lora Lamm is a well-known Swiss graphic designer. She had a career in graphic design for over 60 years and she is best known for her 10 years of work in Milan between 1...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

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