The gift of the cat … Chet Phillips Vintage Travel Posters!

The editor and office cat of TVTA in rare moment of relaxation.

How lovely! Yesterday morning in the TVTA mail room, while opening envelopes containing our usual assortment of comics, catalogues, adverts and, erm, bills, I managed to find a surprise gift just for little old me!

Wow, thanks Wooof! I can’t believe you ordered me a set of Chet Phillips Vintage-style Travel Poster Postcards!

Chet Phillips is a digital artist, and you can check out his work here

In the meantime, feast your peepers on the the cool pressie Wooof got me – six vintage-style British and Scottish Tourism posters, upon which not just a splendid tour of Britain is promised, but something else lurking in the scenery!

Enjoy 🙂


As always, thanks for looking 🙂 Thanks Chet for making some wonderful art! And thanks Wooof for the cool gift 🙂

19th and 20th century lithographs + angels, art and advertising

American Crescent Cycles par Winthrop Ramsdell 1899

La Tournée du Chat Noir par Thoéphile Steinlen. 1896. Tin plate.


Cats That Come Back. At a poster store in Montmartre you spent your final few euros on cards depicting the lithographic advertising styles of the late 19th and early 20th century. You took photos of the outside of the poster store, and had one taken of yourself and your youngest son, a part of you indulging in some late-afternoon fantasy that you were the proprietors of said store. What fun, surrounded by art originally intended to part one from one’s cash – and a hundred years later it’s still doing the same, only selling itself this time around. What a sale, what a fine boutique did those Parisian streets make for you. For it’s easy to get lost in the culture, art and spirit of expression when it surrounds you in all its breath-taking vibrancy. There is a deep yearning. A searching back through history to find a part of yourself you may recognise. Print advertising is consumerism’s cocky high art. A brassy exhibition of wonders. A sly yet alluring gallery that invites you inside. It’s everything you love and loathe in the same moment. You pitch these paper testimonials to commercialism with all the integrity and enthusiasm of a loving archivist. But you are also an artist. Those Paris streets and galleries and windows and walls whispered to your heart. Hell, sometimes they yelled at you, told you they remembered, recalled your angels & fey (born from the snippets and slivers of glossy ads in magazines in case you didn’t know), the exhibitions, the foreign shores, the hours spent holding brushes and conjuring colours. You sold it well, they said. You made an impression. You left a mark. People were happy. Sometimes that’s the least you have to do. From: The Artist and the Four Hats




Job par Alfons Mucha 1896

Job done?

For a bit

Too busy writing

To try and score another hit

It’s a circle you see

A merry go round

You jump on and off at certain points

feet touch the ground

Back up again

Always looking for those special connections


Palooka N° 5


Words, Angel & Fey artwork by the editor.
Colour Angels & Fey scans taken from Palooka issue 5.
Lithograph adverts scanned from commercial postcards and tin plates are shown for illustrative purposes only. No infringement of copyright is intended.
Cat count: we spotted at least 26 images of cats in this blog post. A new TVTA record!

IDEA 170 – Japanese magazine of international graphic art (pt2)

Welcome to the concluding part two of IDEA 170. Part One can be seen here

Idea 170. 1982. Cover. Stephan Kantscheff.

IDEA is a Japanese / English language magazine that focuses on graphic design and typography. Published quarterly in Tokyo, Japan, its first issue was in 1953. The following scans are from issue 170 published for 1982. Click images to go bigger.


Shigeo Katsuoka (Japan) symbol marks


 


Herb Lubalin / MJ Baumwell / Ed Benguiat / Lubalin Peckolik Associated

 



Exxon Calendar


Mickey Mouse. Oswaldo Miranda / Gravartex / Miran Studio


NASA poster

Adverts

Design desk. Idea 170. 1982. Japan.


Canon Izumiya. Idea 170 1982. Japan.


Machines. Idea 170. 1982. Japan.


Layout. Idea 170. 1982. Japan.


Nicker acrylics. Idea 170. 1982. Japan.


Nouvel design markers. Idea 170. 1982. Japan.


Thanks for looking 🙂

Image sources: Idea 170, 1982. Copyright Idea. Scanned by The Vintage Toy Advertiser for information and research purposes.

IDEA 170 – Japanese magazine of international graphic art (pt1)

Idea 170. 1982. Cover. Stephan Kantscheff.

IDEA is a Japanese / English language magazine that focuses on graphic design and typography. Published quarterly in Tokyo, Japan, its first issue was in 1953. The following scans are from issue 170 published for 1982 and feature artworks by the designers Stephan Kantscheff, Jim Heimann, Jacques Poirier, Jacques Richez and Yōji Yamamoto. 


Stephan Kantscheff (Bulgaria)

Stephan Kantscheff book cover for the Bulgarian folk-tales.

Stephan Kantscheff. Magazine cover for ‘Neue Werburg’.

Stephan Kantscheff. Greeting cards designs.

Stephan Kantscheff design for Bulgarian TV and Radio Broadcasting Committee.

Stephan Kantscheff design for programmes in colour for Bulgarian Television.

Stephan Kantscheff design for programmes in colour for Bulgarian Television.

Stephan Kantscheff designs for postage stamps.

Stephan Kantscheff design for a postage stamp.

Stephan Kantscheff design for a postage stamp.


Jim Heimann (US)

Jim Heimann postcard design for retail store Heaven.

Jim Heimann illustrated cards.

Jim Heimann.

Jim Heimann magazine illustration for an article “Women’s Movement”.


Jacques Poirier (France)

Jacques Poirier. L to R – illustration for an article “Intermission” for Pilote magazine. Portrait of Louis Armstrong for Phosphore magazine. Illustration for an article “Toreador”. Cover illustration for Vie Publique Journal.

Jacques Poirier. L to R – cover for Nourriture Dietetique Magazine. Illustration for an article “Excentric Millionaire”. “Personal research produced to please the author’s daughter”.


Jacques Richez (France)

Jacques Richez. Colour trap. Drawing, photo, relief colour.

Jacques Richez. Colour trap. ID.


Yōji Yamamoto (Japan)

Yoji Yamamoto original work for Typographical Image Exhibition, the character “River”.

Yoji Yamamoto designs.


Thanks for looking. More images from Idea 170 coming soon.

Image sources: Idea 170, 1982. Copyright Idea. Scanned by The Vintage Toy Advertiser for information and research purposes.

Princess Leia Black Series figure as you’ve never seen her before?

Today I took photos of the Princess Leia Black Series 40th Anniversary figure. I was really pleased with how she came out, and managed to get some good shots inspired by Carrie Fisher’s portrayal of her in the Star Wars: A New Hope movie.

The Black Series is notorious for not always getting the likeness quite right of its human characters. I think the job Hasbro made on this 40th Anniversary Leia is really good. Added to this, the figure comes with two blasters and an impressive soft goods gown that can be manipulated (I used an artist fine paint brush) to fit around the contours of her body. The hood is a little wild and a bit too much on the pointy side, but again with some manipulation can be made presentable.

After downloading the photos I put them into an editor for cropping and framing – and that’s when things got a bit weird 🙂 as I went completely off topic and began messing about with art filters…

Below are the unexpected results. I’ve added some of the original and unaltered photos at the end of the post, as this was my first intention to show only these

Enjoy 🙂


A selection of some of the originally intended photos for this post…


Thank you for getting arty with us!

Halloween countdown: 2

Part 4 of 5. I am the Queen of Halloween

Art and poem by the editor

I had a dream, a wondrous dream, that I was the Queen of Halloween

Oh sweet that dream, oh sweet that dream

When I ruled all of Halloween

Went shopping for Converse, tee-hee-shirts and jeans

Got inked, had some drinks and made friends with an owl

Sang songs with the dolphins and tumbled some crystals –

A-tishoo, a-tishoo, we all fell down

On Hollywood boulevard, Halloween Town

Jump around, jump around, jump up and get down

And the skellygogs danced and the ravens preened

Jump!

And the cats read Mary Shelley out loud to their fleas

Jump!

And the poltergoosts crooned and the moonsters cheered

Jump!

And the glibgoblins giggled and the phantooms agreed

That I was the best, the best they’d seen –

The bestest Queen of Halloween

Oh sweet that dream, oh sweet that dream

When I ruled all of Halloween!


Thanks for reading and jumping along! Look out for countdown number 1 coming soon…