I was thrilled to receive a copy of The Art Deco Poster by William W. Cruise. The book was especially timely as Franklin Eighth’s Holiday House space was design focus was the holiday Jazz Appreciation Month. Sarah and I have been in deco-mode for a few months now. This book was such a treat to flip through while designing!
The book contains 340 color posters from around the world, designed between 1919 and 1939. The posters in the book are all from the William W. Cruise collection and cover a variety of topics from ocean liners to wine advertisements to sports like swimming. All of the posters shown in the book are rare and hard to find. They also depict the clean lines and strong geometric shapes that Art Deco is known for.
I was excited to see many posters I recognized. I didn’t realize that so many of these posters are iconic and are still displayed today. I also appreciated the extensive captions placed along side the posters. Reading about the artists and the companies that commissioned the work was a treat. Learning the stories behind the artwork makes the work all them more meaningful.
A surprising feature of the book was the fold out posters. While flipping through and enjoying the work I was able to fold open a few pieces. That was such a clever idea! I’ve never seen a more comprehensive collection of Art Deco posters all in one place. A great coffee table book as well as a great design resource!