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By the mid-1890s, Europe and America had reached the height of the international poster craze. The masterpieces of artists like Cheret, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Mucha transformed commercial advertisements into an esteemed art form worthy of admiration and scholarly pursuit. Along with the decade's wave of poster journals, books, and exhibitions came a serious desire to collect the artworks for personal enjoyment and study...

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Ricordi Portfolio

Published by Ricordi around World War I, this rare commemorative set consisted of 70 small lithographic plates of Ricordi's greatest posters printed between 1895 and 1914. The set was sold commercially in Italy, England, Germany, France and the United States.

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Travel Posters

Explore our world-leading travel poster collection, consisting of more than 1,000 designs from the 1890s to the present day from every corner of the globe.

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World War I Posters

World War I posters are highly sought after by many collectors because of their unique qualities. World War I was the first conflict in which the illustrated color lithographic poster was used as a propaganda tool. Already well established in the world of commerce, travel and entertainment before the war, illustrated posters had proven the most effective means of advertising yet invented.

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Ski Posters

One of the most sought-after collectibles today, ski posters capture the joy of fresh mountain air and the exhilaration of a downhill run through tree-lined glades. Combining travel, sports, and fashion, the ski poster has become a blue-chip category around the world over the last fifteen years.

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Food and Drink Posters

Champagne, Campari, wine, aperitifs, pasta, cheese... all are celebrated in posters from France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and elsewhere.

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