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Saturday, 15 April 2017


Prince Charles (the future Charles II and oldest surviving son of King Charles I) was described in a "Wanted" poster during the English Civil War as "a tall, dark man above 2 yards high."

Sharp shooter Annie Oakley began to appear as a performer in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in 1885. She was an immediate hit, and before long the posters for the show prominently featured her.

L'Arroseur arrosé was an 1895 French short black-and-white silent comedy film directed and produced by Louis Lumière, which was first screened on June 10, 1895. The poster for L'Arroseur arrosé (see below) was the first poster ever designed to promote an individual film.

A famous series of British war recruitment posters during World War I featuring Lord Kitchener the British Secretary of State for War, was created in 1914 by Alfred Leete. It depicted Lord Kitchener, above the words "WANTS YOU." The Secretary of State for War, wearing the cap of a British Field Marshal, points at the viewer calling them to enlist in the British Army against the Central Powers.

The use of Lord Kitchener's image in recruiting advertisements was so ubiquitous that Lady Asquith began referring to him as simply "the poster".

The famous recruiting image during World War I that depicted a stern Uncle Sam pointing his finger and saying “I want you” was drawn by artist James Montgomery Flagg in 1917. It was based on a famous series of British war recruitment posters featuring Lord Kitchener and is now the standard image used to depict Uncle Sam.

The "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster from World War II Britain was never widely distributed during the war, and only became famous when a bookseller found an original poster in a box of old books in 2000, and commercialized it.

Martin Luther King launched a poster campaign in 1967 with the slogan "black is beautiful".

John Lennon visited an antique shop in South East England on New Year's Day 1967 and purchased a circus poster from 1843 (see below). It was this poster which inspired most of the lyrics to the Beatles' "Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite."

Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte's 1953 The Empire Of Light series of paintings, with the paradoxical image of a nighttime street, lit only by a single street light, beneath a daytime sky, inspired the iconic poster for the 1973 horror film The Exorcist.

A 1976 poster of Farrah Fawcett posing in her red bathing suit ended up being plastered on millions of bedroom walls. It was shot to promote the pilot of Charlie's Angels and ended up selling a staggering 8,000,000 plus copies.

The use of a heart shape in a logo to signify love was popularized by graphic designer Milton Glaser in his 1977 I [heart] New York poster and T-shirt campaign.

A poster outside a Salvation Army building in Stockport, North East England in the 1980s read "Jesus the carpenter needs joiners- apply here any Sunday."

Anti-American demonstrators protesting in Bangladesh after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks carried posters of Osama bin Laden sitting alongside Bert, a beloved Sesame Street Muppet character.

The largest movie poster has an area of 4,793.65 m² (51,598.21 ft²) and was achieved by Global United Media Company Pvt Ltd (India) in Kochi, India, on June 27. 2015. It was created for Baahubali: The Beginning, a 2015 Indian bilingual epic historical fiction film directed by S. S. Rajamouli.

Generation Grundeinkommen (which means ‘Generation Basic Income’) created the largest poster ever in Geneva, Switzerland on May 17, 2016. The campaigners were seeking support for the implication of a basic income for the country’s workers, ahead of a referendum on the issue the following month. The super-sized poster measured a staggering 8,115.53 m² (87,354.84 ft²) and consisted of a series of huge truck tarpaulins which were attached together with the words "What would you do if your income was taken care of" in gold lettering.

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