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37 Vintage Travel Posters From the Library of Congress

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While old travel posters still remind us why specific locations would make excellent vacation destinations, they also capture the popular artwork styles and values of the period in which they were made. Here are a few stunning vintage travel posters available through the Library of Congress, organized by artist.

Katherine Milhous: 1936-1941

Frank S. Nicholson: 1936-1940

Otis Shepard: 1935

Richard Halls: 1936-1938

J. Hirt: 1936-1939

Harry Herzog: 1936-1940

Jerome Henry Rothstein: 1936-1938

Martin Weitzman: 1936-1939

Alexander Dux: 1936-1939

Unknown Artists: 1936 -1939

While you may have noticed that the posters above are all creations of the same WPA project that was responsible for the zoo posters seen in an earlier post, the Library of Congress’ travel poster collection does feature a few international travel posters created outside of this project as well. Here are a few.

Leonetto Cappiello: 1901

Vittorio Grassi: 1920

Alicandri Roma: 1920

Geo Dorival: 1920

Allessandro Pomi: 1920

Unknown Artists:  1920-1951

For those of you who travel a lot, do you think these posters are accurate representations of their destinations, or are they a little too idealized for your tastes?

Lastly, there were a lot of people interested in purchasing the zoo posters, so anyone looking to grab one of these might want to check out Amazon or All, as most of these can be found at one of the two sites. Just do a search for the text on the poster and you’ll most likely find the one you’re looking for.

Artist Makes Colorful Prints From 1990s VHS Tapes

A collection of old VHS tapes offers endless crafting possibilities. You can use them to make bird houses, shelving units, or, if you’re London-based artist Dieter Ashton, screen prints from the physical tape itself.

As Co.Design reports, the recent London College of Communication graduate was originally intrigued by the art on the cover of old VHS and cassette tapes. He planned to digitally edit them as part of a new art project, but later realized that working with the ribbons of tape inside was much more interesting.

To make a print, Ashton unravels the film from cassettes and VHS tapes collected from his parents' home. He lets the strips fall randomly then presses them into tight, tangled arrangements with the screen. The piece is then brought to life with vibrant patterns and colors.

Ashton has started playing with ways to incorporate themes and motifs from the films he's repurposing into his artwork. If the movie behind one of his creations isn’t immediately obvious, you can always refer to its title. His pieces are named after movies like Backdraft, Under Siege, and that direct-to-video Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen classic Passport to Paris.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Dieter Ashton

This Is What Flowers Look Like When Photographed With an X-Ray Machine
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Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Peruvian Daffodil” (1938)

Many plant photographers choose to showcase the vibrant colors and physical details of exotic flora. For his work with flowers, Dr. Dain L. Tasker took a more bare-bones approach. The radiologist’s ghostly floral images were recorded using only an X-ray machine, according to Hyperallergic.

Tasker snapped his pictures of botanical life while he was working at Los Angeles’s Wilshire Hospital in the 1930s. He had minimal experience photographing landscapes and portraits in his spare time, but it wasn’t until he saw an X-ray of an amaryllis, taken by a colleague, that he felt inspired to swap his camera for the medical tool. He took black-and-white radiographs of everything from roses and daffodils to eucalypti and holly berries. The otherworldly artwork was featured in magazines and art shows during Tasker’s lifetime.

Selections from Tasker's body of work have been seen around the world, including as part of the Floral Studies exhibition at the Joseph Bellows Gallery in San Diego in 2016. Prints of his work are also available for purchase from the Stinehour Wemyss Editions and Howard Greenberg Gallery.

Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Philodendron” (1938)
Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Philodendron” (1938)

X-ray image of a rose.
Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “A Rose” (1936)

All images courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery.


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