January 7, 2012 § Leave a Comment
As a means of communication, the poster is a megaphone. It reflects the attitudes and enthusiasms of a period in history at high volume.
No one understands this better than Elizabeth Norris, owner of Vintage European Posters, a Berkeley based dealer of original vintage posters. “You can have a visual experience of every time period of the past century when you spend time with vintage posters,” says Norris, “they deliver history with a palpable punch.”
Vintage European Posters’ showroom features 2012’s first show “Peace and Conflict in the 20th Century.” The show is organized chronologically. It begins with the decadence of the Belle Epoque Period when liquor flowed and posters were gilded with elements of Art Nouveau: flowing tendrils, seaweed, flowers.
It also features posters from both wars and the Art Deco Period.
The show ends with the expansion of commercial aviation and post war prosperity.
Peace and conflict in the 20th century runs through the month of January at Vintage European Posters showroom in Berkeley. The showroom is open three weekends, January 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22 as well as every Tuesday from 11-5. Vintage European Posters is always available by appointment as well. View the collection at www.vepca.com anytime.
Vintage European Posters 2201 Fourth Street in Berkeley, corner of Allston Way
Two blocks south of University, across from Wine.com
Open Saturdays until 6 pm, Sundays and Tuesdays from 11-5