Art Poster file
Language of Materials
The Art Posters include advertisements for books, magazines, and newspapers
The Art Posters include colorful advertisements for books, magazines and newspapers. They were produced during a brief American art poster craze, launched in the 1890s when New York publishers hired illustrators Aubrey Beardsley, Elisha Brown Bird, William H. Bradley, George Reiter Brill, William L. Carqueville, George Wharton Edwards, Charles Dana Gibson, Archie Gunn, Ernest Haskell, Edward Penfield, Nelly Umbstaetter, Henry Sumner Watson, Charles Hubbard Wright, and others to create striking graphic advertising posters to sell their monthly magazines. The bold, clever images, inspired by French art styles and the Arts and Crafts movement, became so collectible that publishers switched to monthly pictorial covers.
This collection is organized in three series:
Series I. Magazine and Journal Posters
Series II. Book Posters
Series III. Newspaper Posters
Scope and Contents
The Art Posters File consists of approximately 612 striking prints used to advertise magazines, books, and newspapers. Notable artists include Edward Penfied and Joseph J. Gould. Art Posters make up Series I of a larger Poster File (PR 055) held by the Department of Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections.
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This collection should be cited as Art Poster File, PR 55-1, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, the New-York Historical Society.
Location of Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The posters come from a variety of donors.