May 8, 2013 § Leave a Comment
The West has always beckoned to those in search of change. The adventurous came to California to put a stake in land, to chase after gold, and later, in search of personal transformation in the summer of love.
How did the word get out about the promise of the West? Posters provide an answer.
This summer Vintage European Posters will showcase a collection of posters from the San Francisco Bay Area in a show titled “It Happened Here.” The show features posters about the Vietnam War protests, women’s rights, black power, as well as selected works by Berkeley Poster artist David Lance Goines.
Don’t miss out on this collection of local history!
The show runs from May 18 – July 3rd
Come visit us for the show’s opening weekend
Saturday, May 18 from 10-6
Sunday, May 19 from 11-5
And see us every week on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 11-5 and by appointment.
Call us at 510 843 2201 to schedule an appointment.
This post was written by Elizabeth Norris, owner of Vintage European Posters, and edited by Emily Jackson, Media Director.
April 10, 2013 § Leave a Comment
We’ll be rolling up the door this weekend, April 13 & 14 to debut some exceptional new poster finds. Please join us for our Berkeley showroom’s ONLY open weekend in April, for what promises to be a truly spectacular poster experience.
Elizabeth has been on the hunt of late and has turned up over 50 new gems: Italian Art Nouveau, modern travel, tennis, golf, flamenco, bicycles – posters in all shapes and sizes and styles! Honestly, we’ve been up to our ears in cataloguing and the tubes keep rolling in! And now comes the best part: sharing them with you.
After this we take the collection south to the very cool LA Modernism Show, so do come see us and the new posters now while you can. They will not be live on the website until May, when we return.
Don’t forget to measure your walls! We look forward to helping you find just the right original poster for your space.
See you then!
Location: Vintage European Posters Showroom “Outpost”
2201 Fourth Street, Berkeley CA 94710
Saturday April 13 from 10-6pm
Sunday April 14th from 11-5pm
This post was written by Charly Leys and edited by Emily Jackson www.vepca.com
Vintage European Posters was established in 1997. We are the West Coast’s Largest Dealer in Original Vintage Posters from France and the United States. See us online anytime at www.vepca.com and at our Berkeley Showroom OUTPOST 2201 Fourth Street, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
February 25, 2013 § Leave a Comment
In the 1980s, Americans discovered Jagermeister. Now Jager has been around for more than a century, but a lean, mean marketing machine of a man, Chuck Giometti, decided to put Jager in the hands of every college kid in the US, and with the use of Jager girls and chilling machines, he did it.
Where did we drink Jager? In New Orleans on the street, in New York at KGB, in San Francisco at Dr. Bombay’s, in Oakland at the Omni, and at home, never far from the freezer. You must drink it chilled. Imagine my surprise when I visited Germany in 1993, very excited at the prospect of drinking Jager in the motherland and was met with sideways glances by my German friends.
In Germany, Jagermeister is considered the drink of old men, and is used as a digestif. So when I asked for Jagermeister, it was assumed that, well, I needed digestive aid. I found this postcard when I returned from Europe and it really cheered me up.
About 10 years ago, folks began to approach us at shows and say “Fernet Branca?” At first I didn’t know what they were talking about. We learn a lot from our clients, and thankfully, one explained to us that it was an Italian digestif. Over time we learned that when people asked for Fernet Branca, it was safe to assume they were bartenders by trade – today’s mixologists. Asking for Fernet Branca at a bar is code for “I am also a bartender.”
Eventually, we met the man responsible for putting Jagermeister and later Fernet on the map. Mr. Giometti contacted us and asked us to help him assemble a collection of original Fernet Posters. And so we did. Today, he promotes Absente from Micel Roux, Rhum Barbancourt, and Prichards Whiskey to name a few.
Anyway, here is our one and only Fernet Branca poster. I LOVE this piece. It was printed in the 1960s and suggests how cool or “chouette” the liqueur was then. The poster is an original, and we consider it to be in Fine (or A-) condition. The image is a summer image, evoking memories of a long cool drink under an umbrella. Oh happy place, I’m ready for summer already!
January 30, 2013 § 1 Comment
Dear Friends in the South Bay,
Please join us this weekend at the 43rd Annual St. Christopher Ladies Guild Antique Show February 1 -3. This is our fourth year at the show and we are honored to be a part of this delightful community event.
We are also honored when you choose to put a vintage poster from our collection into your home. We know this is an important decision; in fact your artwork is a focal point, and you will have it for a life time. As they say “start with the art”.
We have worked very hard to find the very best original advertising posters in the finest condition. We bring them to your zip code once a year. Sadly, there are no other South Bay Shows on our 2014 roster*- so now is the best time to see our collection in person. I bought 180 posters in France over the summer and we have great pieces to share with you.
What did I find in France you ask? French Rail Posters, Mid Century Posters, Spanish Travel Posters, teaching posters and many more things than I can describe in an email.. You have to see them all!
Do you want to leave with a poster? If so, measure your walls. Set aside 1-2 hours to see all of the posters in our stacks. This is a considered purchase. We do know that once you have your poster, you will be happy to see it on your wall every time you arrive at home.
For more information on the antique show, read Antiques Columnist Steve Yvaska’s column about the show (with a nice mention of us)!
With Every Good Wish,
Elizabeth & Charly
Vintage Poster Concierges
· We have enjoyed seeing many of you over the years at our annual show at Anne Johnson’s Post 61 in Los Gatos. Anne is a talented interior designer of residential and commercial projects and a connoisseur of vintage posters. She has moved her office, and is busier than ever. Find Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) or by calling Anne at (408) 832-1692
· If you would like to host us at your business in the South Bay, and think you have the right location, please let me know!