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Twenty years ago or so, we came across a neat little book that told the story of a graphic icon: the funny little man, as the author (Virginia Smith) called him. On the cover was a truly dapper Parisian gent created by AA Cassandre for Dubonnet, the aperitif made with fortified wine, herbs, and quinine.
As we recall it, the book (check it out here) tells the tale of how companies, mainly companies selling alcoholic beverages, mainly in Europe, mainly in the 1920’s and ’30’s, often gave the job of promoting their product to a little guy.
You can find some lovely drawings by AAC here presenting the little guy doing all kinds of stuff.
It seems that Chaplin’s Little Tramp had pretty much started the whole thing rolling.
The book has disappeared from our local bibliotheque (though still available, it seems, from the warrior woman), so we went looking on our own to find some colourful little guys hard at work
The artist is Leonetto Cappiello, nice site in French here.
Cointreau has favoured Pierrot as their pint-sized sales guy graphically
For now, we’ll say goodbye to the funny little guy by way of a little portrait of Mr Chaplin himself, apparently by himself, sketched on a cocktail napkin. Salute. Santé
We hope things have started on the up side for you so far this new year. Here are some posters to celebrate the fresh start and to cheer up your eyes.
Above is a fine celebration of celebrating by Michael Engelmann (1928 – 1966). Found here . You’ll find a lot more of his work in a recent book, one of the International Poster Collection series published in Zurich, cover below.
After drinking and smoking sometimes there’s blushing. This great blush was made by French artist Catherine Zask from here
The new year is the ideal time to make lists. Let’s see, number 1….
Well let’s try number 2….
And if you don’t have a 2011 calendar to keep track of it all, you might want to get one of these:
The best thing about 2011 is that it hasn’t happened yet. It’s still a seed underground.
How cool is that?
Felix Chev in LA at LA PLaces
Sign for Uncle Jer found at smashing magazine.
The Chief offers steamed HEAT or steamed MEAT. Either way, sounds good after a long day. From here.
Planet of the Baobabs. Yes it is. See here
Billboards are sometimes the best show in town. More here.
This is just a really nice little spot, because of the signs. Go here
Bath and laundry. Of course. Multitasking with a splash. Here
Swell. from askpang.
Las Vegas signs, down, but not forgotten. Go here
More great gig posters from, where else: gigposters.com. Above design by Invisible Creature
Above 3, all for the Warfield in San Francisco, designed by Firehouse.
Another by Invisible Creature this one for Canada’a own musical fire, Arcade Fire.
Feast your eyes on the music made visible at gig posters. Almost like being there.