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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 vintage 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. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

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 chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Affiche Zoo of Antwerp with Monkey by R.Landois , 1954, Belgium
By R. Landois
Located in Antwerp, BE
Mid-20th Century Poster - Affiche - Litho Offset for the Zoo of Antwerp. With beautiful design by R.Landois : A green colored poster with a spider monkey - at , designed for the ...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Posters

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'Superman Flies Again' Original Vintage Australian Daybill Movie Poster, 1954
Located in Devon, GB
Superman jets off on this super rare stone lithography daybill poster for the Australian release of 'Superman Flies Again,' a 1954 compilation of three episodes of the hit US televis...
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1950s Australian Vintage 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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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 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

'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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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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25 Original Marshall Plan Posters, a Complete Collection of the Contest Winners
Located in Doornspijk, NL
Set of 25 vintage Propaganda posters for the post-war US sponsored European Recovery Program (Marshall plan). This is a complete set including all 25 entries. Two years after a gi...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Olympic Games Munich 1972 Poster / Olympische Spiele München, by Richard Smith
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1972, no copy, lithography - Original condition, see the photos - Glassed, signed.
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Glass, Paper

Eduardo Chillida Print, circa 1990
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Eduardo Chillida print. Spain, circa 1990. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Materials: Paper Dimensions: ...
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1990s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Eugenio Carmi Serigraph "CLAP CLAP"
Located in New York, NY
New Year’s greeting ushering in the year 1967 mailed out by renowned Italian artist and educator Eugenio Carmi (1920-2016). Folds out to a serigraph measuring 39.25” x 26.75”. This e...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Original Midcentury Abstract Art Poster Signed by the Artist, Jacus
By A. Jacus
Located in Miami, FL
A very decorative original midcentury abstract art poster signed by listed artist A. Jacus. This beautiful poster was displayed during the exhibition at the La Boutique d'Art located...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Original Vintage Marilyn Monroe Poster, Barris / Bruhwiller, 1973
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Fabulous Marilyn Monroe poster. Designed by Paul Bruhwiller. Produced by Arskog, Los Angeles. 1973 Good condition / some minor creasing.
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1970s Italian 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

French Original Vintage Fashion Poster by Villemot 'Spirale Orange 1970'
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
French original vintage fashion poster by Villemot 'Spirale Orange 1970' This is an original vintage lithograph poster by Villemot advertising the French fashion department store,...
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1970s French Vintage 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

'Casablanca' Original First Release Japanese Movie Poster, 1946
Located in Devon, GB
An exceedingly rare and attractive poster for the first Postwar release of 'Casablanca' in Japan, printed only for use in the three theatres where the film premiered on 13th June 194...
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1940s Japanese 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

1960s London Coach Travel Poster Illustration Pop Art
Located in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Rare 1961 promotional travel poster for Express Coaches to London designed by Fred Pauker for the Omnibus Company Ltd, UK. Rolled. Measure: L 76cm x W 51cm.
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1960s British 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

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

'Cool Hand Luke' Original Vintage Australian Daybill Movie Poster, 1967
Located in Devon, GB
An uber cool Australian Daybill for the 1967 American prison drama 'Cool Hand Luke' starring Paul Newman in an Oscar nominated performance as the titular anti-hero, a free spirited p...
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1960s Australian Vintage 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

'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Japanese, 1959
Located in Devon, GB
A sultry Elizabeth Taylor smoulders on this extremely rare and seductive Japanese B2 poster for the original release of MGM's 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' in Japan. In a legendary pairing...
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1950s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Original 1972 Munich Olympic Poster by Alan Davie
Located in Weesp, NL
Beautiful original 1972 München Olympische Spiele poster by Alan Davie in great condition. Unframed. The poster will be shipped insured overseas. Cost of shipping to the US is Euro ...
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1970s Scottish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Original "La Dolce Vita" Film Poster, 1960
Located in New York, NY
Original Italian film poster for La Dolce Vita from 1960. Very few are known to have survived. The motion picture directed by Fellini starred Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg. I...
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1960s Italian Vintage 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

Set of 4 Vintage Fela Kuti Collectibles circa Late 1980's, 'Fela Kuti New York'
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A set of 4 vintage 1980's Fela Kuti Collectibles: Original set of Fela Kuti advertisements including a press photograph, a poster and two announcement cards all featuring the singer...
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1980s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

The Beatles by Richard Avedon, Look Magazine, Offset Lithographs
Located in New York, NY
The Beatles by Richard Avedon, offset lithographs, for Look Magazine. Set of 4 Look Magazine Beatles posters with bright colors and minor toning and handling wear. The posters are in...
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1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

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

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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'Not Of This Earth' Original US One Sheet Movie Poster by Albert Kallis, 1957
Located in Devon, GB
A Classic US one sheet poster for the 1957 B-movie thriller "Not Of This Earth," one of the earliest sci-fi movies made by prolific low-budget producer/director Roger Corman in what ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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"The Thomas Crown Affair" Original Vintage Movie Poster, Japanese, 1968
Located in Devon, GB
"He was young, handsome, a millionaire, and he'd just pulled off the perfect crime! She was young, beautiful, a super sleuth, sent to investigate it!" Starring Steve McQueen and Fay...
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

'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

Original Rome Olympics Poster by Armando Testa, 1960
Located in New York, NY
Original Rome Olympics Poster by Armando Testa, 1960. Vintage sport poster by Armando Testa for the 1960 Rome Olympic Games ; XVII Olympiad original poster in vintage wood and gilt...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Bob Dylan Original Vintage Poster by Milton Glaser, 1967
Located in Devon, GB
One of America's most celebrated graphic designers and creator of the I (HEART) NY logo, Milton Glaser was commissioned by Columbia Records to design a bonus insert poster for inclus...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

'The Jungle Book' Original Vintage British Double Crown Movie Poster, 1967
Located in Devon, GB
An incredibly rare and charming British Double Crown poster for the 1967 Walt Disney animated classic 'The Jungle Book,' based on Rudyard Kipling's 1894 book of the same name, and th...
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1960s British 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, Japanese, 1964
Located in Devon, GB
A rare and sought after Japanese B2 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 th...
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Original Vintage Poster, 'Lido Cocorico' by Rene Gruau, 1971
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
This is an original French poster by the famous artist and illustrator, René Gruau. Gruau was a fashion illustrator whose exaggerated portrayal of fashion design through painting and...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Linen, 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

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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Original Vintage Poster, Graines Eclor, 1958
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Artist: Wienc A Year: 1958 Dimensions: 84 x 126 cm Condition: Excellent.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

'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

Allan D’Arcangelo Olympics Munich 1972 Poster
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Serigraph by Allan D'Arcangelo to commemorate the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. Signed by the artist in the plate. Approximately 25” x 40” with a 1.5” tear on bottom. Tape pu...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Posters

Original Vintage French Poster Bonal Gentiane Quina Ouvre L’Appetit, 1933
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Adolphe Jean-Marie Mouron, known as AM.Cassandre was born in Kharkov, Ukraine, on January 24, 1901. In 1918, after attending the Ecole des Beaux-Arts very briefly, he enrolled in Luc...
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1930s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

Original Official Poster of the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, Framed
Located in Denver, CO
Original vintage sport poster for the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games - the Games of the XIX Olympiad October 12-27, 1968 - in a black lacquered wood frame. The iconic “Mexico 68” event...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Wood, Paper

Guy Georget Original Philips Lamps Product Publicity Poster, circa 1950
Located in Miami, FL
Original midcentury product publicity poster for Philips light bulbs otherwise known in France as lampes or ampoules was produced circa 1945 up until 1970. Illustrator Mr. Guy Georg...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

'Batman' Original Vintage Australian Daybill Movie Poster, 1966
Located in Devon, GB
"For the first time on the motion picture screen in color!" Printed in stunning stone lithography, this fabulously kitsch and colourful Australian Daybill poster advertised the first...
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1960s Australian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Linen, Paper

Original Midcentury Abstract Art Exhibition Poster, Works by Rosso Dated 1975
Located in Miami, FL
Original midcentury abstract art exhibition poster with wonderful vivid colors. Very decorative contemporary art. Measures: 18" W x 25 1/2" H Very good vintage condition with s...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Robert Indiana “LOVE” Poster
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Rober Indiana LOVE Poster, dates to the early 1970's Was in a dark room so poster is very bright and vibranr! No fading or stains. Looks like original Frame!
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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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. Sold unframed.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Linen, Paper

Otl Aicher "Olympic Games Munich 1972, Archery, Original Poster
Located in Praha, CZ
- rare - marked - original - can be framed and glazed.
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

1966 Cecil Beaton CENTENAIRE de MONTE, CARLO Lithographic Poster in Colours
Located in Beirut, LB
“ Centenaire de Monte-Carlo “ 1966, rare big format lithographic poster  for the celebration of the 100 anniversary of Monte-Carlo created by Cecil Beaton     printed by Imprimerie...
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1960s Monacan Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Wood, Paper

Circus Lion Tamer Girl by Waldemar Swierzy, 1965 Polish Circus Poster
Located in London, GB
Rare and original 1965 first edition of this spectacular Polish circus (Cyrk) poster by the legendary artist Waldemar Swierzy. Polish B1 size: 67 x 97 cm.
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

1948 Espuelas De Oro Old Western Mexican Film Poster Pedro Galindo
Located in National City, CA
1948 Espuelas De Oro Old Western Mexican film poster Pedro Galindo Measures: 21 x 28 Preowned unrestored vintage condition See all images.   
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1940s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

1960s Polish Cyrk Circus Pink Lion Poster
By Waldermar Swierzy 1
Located in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Original 1963 Polish circus promotional poster designed by Waldemar Swierzy. First edition color offset lithograph. Folded as originally issued. Measures: L 87.5 cm x W 67cm.
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

1970s French Rail SNCF Travel Railway Poster Minimal Geometric Design
Located in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Original 1971 rail advertising poster designed by Foré for the high speed passenger train Le Rhodanien, France. First edition color offset lithograph. Rolled. Measures: L 10...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

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