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As you may have already know, it was the 69th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan, last week. The day after the attack, Nazi Germany declared war on the United States and the formerly isolationist nation was never the same after. We thought it would be appropriate to commemorate this momentous event in our own way, by showcasing these amazing fruit and vegetable posters from World War 2.
It might be an obvious point, but food is an extremely important resource in war. It’s one of the first resources to be affected, as many agricultural workers are often drafted or sign up for tours of duty. During the Second World War, the United States and its allies all had programs to boost food production. In the United States, Victory Gardens, small plots of land in backyards all over the country, produced all sorts of veggies that helped the war effort. Fruit and vegetable posters were produced in amazing variety to deal with many aspects of home food production.
Pearl Jam is perhaps the most enduring band to have come out of the Seattle music scene in the 90s. They’ve been around for two decades and have managed to outlast most of their more famous contemporaries. The band has also garnered an active and extremely loyal fanbase rivaled perhaps only by the likes of The Grateful Dead’s.
Their long musical legacy has also spawned a huge and extremely varied body of visual art, most notably on posters. With the band’s status as one of the world’s most popular touring bands, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Pearl Jam tour posters are highly sought-after collectibles.
We’re not so sure about you, but we think food is just awesome, generally speaking of course. Few things provoke reactions as visceral, literally and figuratively, as the food we eat. You don’t need to be Pavlov’s dog to know what we’re getting at here. Even the mere hint of food is enough to make make us react in ways we normally wouldn’t. After all, who hasn’t gone the extra mile to satisfy their jonesings for a Quarter Pounder or whatever else their gut tells them they want ?
Floral themes have long been a recurring part of our artistic heritage. Cultures all over the world have since time immemorial recognized the beauty intrinsic to flowers. Countless works of art depict flowers in stylized and realistic forms. They symbolize hope, life, love, femininity, renewal, and even death. There seems to be something about them that’s difficult to ignore. Flower art prints something in our minds that is impossible to separate from our very existence as human beings.
Carnivals as we know them have been thrilling people the world over for the past two centuries. While they provide fun for the whole family, there was always a hint of seediness about them. The rickety rides, the gasp-inducing freaks, the faint stench of urine mixed with the saccharine-sweet smell of cotton candy, the nutritionally questionable food, and the sweaty skeeviness of the often dentally-challenged carnies are all part of what makes these places exciting, for me at least.
China in the 1920s- 1930s was in rapid transition, much as it is today. The ancient coexisted with the modern, and home-grown ideas blended with those introduced by foreigners. Nowhere else is this more obvious than in vintage Chinese posters of the era. Chinese artists of the period used traditional techniques with a relatively modern medium- posters. Examples from Shanghai and Hong Kong and other foreign ports of entry are particularly interesting for the wide range of products featured.
Music and imagery often go hand in hand, and this is readily apparent in heavy metal. While music forms the heart of this subculture, the artwork gives it its face- sometimes literally. A short time after the style of music we now call heavy metal emerged, dozens of bands created mascots to give their groups a more readily recognized and defined identity. Conceptually, these band mascots were in very much the same vein as Mr. Peanut or Ronald McDonald and are very much cherished icons in the metal community.
Trick or treat! Join in the Halloween spirit by dressing up your stores and offices in the scariest, most fun-filled way. Be it through spider webs, jack-o-lanterns, or hanging rubber bats, be sure to be creative when choosing what to use. To make your décor sizzle, why not put up a few posters? It will be a wonderfully scary way to decorate walls! Try using horror movie posters, like the ones we have collected below.
Typography is one of the most beautiful design practices. It allows designers to experiment with different type styles and give typography lovers (like myself) some pretty graphic work to look at. Aside from letters, designers also play with numbers to create type-based poster projects.
A comedy film can be a good picker-upper when you’re feeling a little low. It’s always best to watch it with your friends or family, so you can all laugh hysterically at the movie theater. Aside from its witty scripts and crazy good actors, a funny movie’s poster also adds fun and humor to the film.