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Chicago World's Fair Century of Progress

Chicago World's Fair Century of Progress

  • 1933
  • Hernando G. Villa (1881-1952)
  • 28 x 42 inches (71 x 106 cm)
    $8,800
  • Linen backed

    Linen backing is the industry standard of conservation. Canvas is stretchered and a sheet of acid free barrier paper is laid down. The poster is then pasted to the acid free paper using an acid free paste. This process is fully reversible and gives support to the poster. A border of linen is left around the poster and can be used by a framer to mount the poster so that nothing touches the poster itself.

    The price of this poster includes linen backing.

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  • One of my favorite American travel posters with interesting insight from Swann Galleries :
    For the World's Fair in Chicago, Villa presents an unusual allegorical image of the Santa Fe Railroad "serving up Chicago on a silver tray." A previously unexplored possibility is that the poster may have originally been designed to advertise the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, for which a figure with a laurel wreath would have been much more appropriate. Villa did in fact design a Santa Fe poster for the Olympics that year, featuring American Indians, with no clear visual connection to the games themselves. According to the Library of Congress Catalogue of Copyright Entries, Villa copyrighted this Chicago poster in 1931. This early date suggests that he may well have designed two images for the Olympics. When the railroad chose the other image, Villa allotted this design for another upcoming project: the Chicago World's Fair. This poster was re-issued in 1934 bearing the new date and slightly more text. Rare.
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