The Suitcase Lady

Hucksters

November 20, 2018, 7:59 pm

The art of the poster has always been a favorite of mine. The viewer is tempted with eye catching images to buy a product or service. Fine artists such as Lautrec, Steinlen and Miro have all contributed to the genre.

I recently saw a poster advertising that upcoming horror, Black Friday. It featured a wide eyed black cat, and it suddenly occurred to me how frequently advertising artists use images of cats to sell us something.

I decided to assemble a small gallery of posters where cats are hucksters for everything from hot chocolate to buttons to car batteries. Real cats, of course, could care less about being advertising icons. They are too busy with cat business, eating and napping.

The posters are arranged in loose chronological order starting with two by the fin de siecle artist Steinlen. He was a cat lover himself always having a gang of them around his home. Note that you do not have to be a cat fancier to enjoy this gallery : the graphic designs are spectacular.

 

 

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