Vintage Prints

Written by Serena Berger
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Vintage prints have a kind of clever panache unmatched by most of the other artwork people choose to hang in their homes. While the bold style of vintage prints isn't for everyone, there is enough variety in vintage art to please many people and suit many decorative schemes. From invoking sweet nostalgia to eliciting wry chuckles at how far we've come, you can use vintage art to enliven the ambiance of a room and bring people into many interesting conversations.

Vintage Prints of Liquor Ads

There's a surprisingly strong market in vintage liquor advertisements. Marcello Du Dovich, Leonetto Cappiello, and Georges Massiot were artists who did a number of similar advertisements for classic and foreign liqueurs. Many of these have been used to decorate trendy restaurants, which has raised public interest in and awareness of this style of art.

Another realm in which vintage prints are quite common is travel advertising from the middle of the last century. Often these prints feature brightly colored paintings of a scene or scenes from any number of worldwide locations, along with a bold font proclaiming the name of the destination. Many people enjoy hanging these prints both for their own aesthetic merit and the breezy reminder of the vacations they'd like to take.

In addition to advertisements, there are also a lot of old movie, music, and book posters that are real collectors gems in the vintage print world. Some of the pulp novels and early horror movies are cult classics, and posters of the book covers or movie posters can be worth hundreds of dollars. In other cases, you can still get cheap prints online and enjoy the campy humor and melodramatic air of these largely forgotten masterpieces of bad pop culture.


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