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Posters Study Guide

'Posters', colour lithograph advertising a V&A exhibition, by Austin Cooper, England, UK, 1931. Museum no. E.1837-1931, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

'Posters', colour lithograph advertising an exhibition held at the V&A Museum 23 June–30 September 1931, by Austin Cooper (1890–1964), England, UK, 1931. Museum no. E.1837-1931, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

General bibliography

  • Abdy, Jane, The French poster: Cheret to Cappiello. London: Studio Vista, 1969
  • Ades, Dawn, The 20th-century poster: design of the avant-garde. New York: Abbeville Press, 1984
  • Aynsley, J, Graphic design in Germany 1890-1945. London: Thames & Hudson, 2000
  • Barnicoat, John, A concise history of posters. London: Thames and Hudson, 1972
  • Bernstein, David, Advertising outdoors: watch this space! London: Phaidon, 1992
  • Edge, Kevin, The art of selling songs: graphics for the music business. London: Futures Publications, 1991
  • Gallo, Max, The poster in history. Milan: Mondadori, 1972. English translation, The Hamlyn Publishing Group, 1974
  • Grushkin, Paul, The art of rock: posters from Presley to punk. New York: Abbeville Press, 1987
  • Hillier, Bevis, Posters. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1969
  • Hutchinson, Harold F, The poster an illustrated history from 1860. London: Studio Vista, 1968
  • Owen, Ted, Dickson, Denise and Medeiros, Walter, High art: a history of the psychedelic poster. London: Sanctuary Publishing, 1999
  • Pack, Susan, Film posters of the Russian avant-garde. Köln: Taschen, 1995
  • Rickards, Maurice, Posters of the 1920s, London: Evelyn, Adams & Mackay, 1968.
  • Rickards, Maurice, The rise and fall of the poster. Newton Abbot: David and Charles, 1971
  • RossI, Attilio, Posters . New York: Paul Hamlyn, 1971
  • Timmers, Margaret, The power of the poster. London: V&A Publications, 1998
  • Weill, Alain, The poster: a worldwide survey and its history. London: Sotheby’s Publications, 1985

Political, propaganda and protest

  • Aulich, James and Sylvestrová, Marta, Political posters in Central and Eastern Europe 1945-95. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1999
  • Baburina, Nina, The Soviet political poster, 1917-1980. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1985
  • Bird, William L. and Rubenstein, Harry R, Design for victory: World War II posters on the American home front. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1998
  • Cantwell, John D, Images of war: British posters 1939-45. London: HMSO, 1989
  • Darracott, Joseph, The First Word War in posters. New York: Dover Publications, 1974
  • Darracott, Joseph, and Loftus, Belinda, First World War Posters and Second World War London: Imperial War Museum, 1972
  • Hardie, Martin and Sabin, Arthur K, eds., War posters issued by belligerent and neutral nations 1914-1919. London: A. & C. Black, 1920
  • Judd, Denis, Posters of World War Two. London: Wayland, 1972
  • Philippe, Robert, Political graphics: art as activist. Oxford: Phaidon, 1982
  • Rickards, Maurice, Posters of the First World War. London: Evelyn, Adams, & Mackay, 1968
  • Sylvestrová, Marta and Bartelt, Dana, Art as activist: revolutionary posters from Central & Eastern Europe. New York: Washington D.C.: Universe Books, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, 1992
  • White, Stephen, The Bolshevik poster. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988
  • Yanker, Gary, Prop art: over 1000 contemporary political posters. London: Studio Vista, 1972

Posters issued by specific companies and organisations

Empire Marketing Board
  • Constantine, Stephen. Buy & build: the advertising posters of the Empire Marketing Board. London: HMSO, 1986
General Post Office
  • Barden, Mike. GPO posters: post early 1920-1960. London: Camberwell Press, 1993
London Transport
  • Green, Oliver. Underground art: London Transport posters 1908 to the present. London: Laurence King, 2001
  • Laver, James. Art for all: London Transport posters 1908-49. London: London, Transport Executive, 1949
  • Levey, M.F. London Transport posters. Oxford: Phaidon, 1976
Railway Companies
  • Cole, Beverley and Durack, Richard. Railway posters 1923-1947 from the collection of the National Railway Museum, York. London: Laurence King, 1992
  • Shackleton, J .T. The golden age of the railway poster. London: New English Library, 1976
Shell & B.P. Ltd.
  • Bernstein, David. The Shell poster book. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1992
  • Shell UK Oil, foreword Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, introd. John Hewitt. The Shell poster book. London: Profile Books, 1998
  • 'That’s Shell – that is!': an exhibition of Shell advertising art. London: Barbican Art gallery and Shell UK Ltd., 1983

Collections of posters

Victoria & Albert Museum

Other collections

  • Imperial War Museum
    Posters from the First and Second World Wars, Spanish Civil War, and other conflicts
  • London Transport Museum
    London Transport posters
  • National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Cardiff
    Broad-ranging collection, from artists' screenprints, to advertisements, health education and political campaign posters
  • National Railway Museum, York
    Railway posters
  • Public Record Office, Kew
    Historic collection of posters issued by government departments; includes Empire Marketing Board posters
  • Tate Archive, London
    Artist-designed posters, largely acquired internally through the Tate Library and Press Office
  • British Film Institute
    c.15,000 film posters from Britain, the USA and around the world, early 1900s to the present day, including newsreel posters and cinema events (there is also a small collection of television posters). Majority of posters available for view on 35mm transparency from the BFI office in 21 Stephen Street, London W1T 1LN
  • The University of Westminster Chinese Poster Collection
    A unique archival collection of some five hundred posters spanning the period between the late 1960s and the late 1980s
  • Post Office Archives, Freeling House, Mount Pleasant, London EC1A 1BB, tel: +44 (0)20 7239 2570
    Photographic record catalogue of Post Office posters from the 1930s to the present day
  • History of Advertising Trust
    Archive of advertising art
  • Shell Art Collection
    Housed at The Library of Motoring, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7ZS
    Includes Shell & B.P. posters

Last updated 1 August 2002.

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