Vintage Poster Gallery

Advertising posters featuring rugs of all kinds, from the 1880’s to the 1950’s. Each of the original posters shown on our online gallery, are mounted on the walls of our showroom. When in Chicago, you are welcome to visit.

Prior to the late 1800’s print advertising was restricted to black and white text. In the 1870’s, with the invention of the stone lithographic printing technique by Jules Cheret –the “Maitre de L’Affiche (‘father’ or ‘master’ of the poster) the world of vintage advertising posters born. Finally capable of mass-producing advertisements in colour, companies of the day commissioned well-known artists such as Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Alphonse Mucha, and Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen to develop their marketing ideas and create striking poster art.

The streets of Paris were filled with colour, displaying images of Menier-Nestle, Campari and the Moulin Rouge. The advertising phenomenon quickly spread beyond France to the rest of the western world – Italy began producing wonderful posters for the opera and fashion industry; Poland and Russia highlighted political messages; the US specialized in magazine publications and war propaganda; Spain altered the public to festivals and local bullfighting meets.

These beautiful images were only intended to last the short life of an advertising campaign. Generally, between 100 and 3000 posters were printed on inexpensive paper and placed throughout the city on billboards, subways and the sides of the buildings. In a matter of weeks these pieces were torn down or covered with the next advertisement. If not for the endeavors of early collectors, printing houses or the artist themselves, then vintage posters, would certainly be a thing in the past.

It is these original pieces of beauty and artistic merit that PIR International brings to you today.

SCHUSTER TEPPICH-HAUS

SCHUSTER TEPPICH-HAUS

1916
ZURACH, SWITZERLAND
ARTIST – FORTUNE BOVARD (1875-1947)

HANS HASSLER & CO

HANS HASSLER & CO

1934
SWITZERLAND

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

ARTIST – WILLY SLVITER (1873-1949)

JUMEL & CHAMPIGNY

JUMEL & CHAMPIGNY

1890’S
PARIS, FRANCE

GEEHAAR

GEEHAAR

BERN, SWITZERLAND
ARTIST – ABEL TRUCHET

A LAS PLACE CLICHY

A LAS PLACE CLICHY

1891
PARIS, FRANCE
ARTISIT – EUGENE GRASSET (1841-1917)

MEYER – MULLER & CO

MEYER – MULLER & CO

1899
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
ARTIST – ANONYMOS

M. BRYM & CO

M. BRYM & CO

GERMANY

UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN

AUX TROIS QUARTIER 1902

AUX TROIS QUARTIER 1902

PARIS, FRANCE
ARTIST – RENE PEAN (1875-1955)

JEMOLI ORIENT – TEPPICHE 1926

JEMOLI ORIENT – TEPPICHE 1926

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
ARTIST – OTTO BAUMBERGER (1889-1981)

TAPIS H. GROSSET 1930

TAPIS H. GROSSET 1930

PARIS, FRANCE
ARTIST – ANONYMOS

AUSSTELLUNG ORIENT TEPPICHE 1913

AUSSTELLUNG ORIENT TEPPICHE 1913

BASEL, SWITZERLAND
ARTIST – BURKHARD MANGOLD (1873-1950)

TAPINAP TERMINUS EARLY 1900’S

TAPINAP TERMINUS EARLY 1900’S

FRANCE
ARTIST – ANONYMOS

A LA PLACE CLICHY 1891

A LA PLACE CLICHY 1891

PARIS, FRANCE

SCHAFFEN BEHAGLICHKEIT 1930

SCHAFFEN BEHAGLICHKEIT 1930

LUZERN, SWITZERLAND
ARTIST – EMIL HARTMANN

ACTULLEMENT

ACTULLEMENT

FRANCE

BAADER TEPPICHE 1932

BAADER TEPPICHE 1932

BASEL, SWITZERLAND

FOSTER CO. 1927

FOSTER CO. 1927

ZURICH SWITZERLAND

UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN

NETHERLANDS

BRENNER 1928

BRENNER 1928

GERMANY
ARTIST – MAX WILKE

SCHUSTER & CO 1916

SCHUSTER & CO 1916

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

SCHUSTER & CO 1924

SCHUSTER & CO 1924

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

KUMSTGEWERBE MUSEUM 1936

KUMSTGEWERBE MUSEUM 1936

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

SCHUSTER & CO 1915

SCHUSTER & CO 1915

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
ARTIST – EMIL CARDINAUX (1877-1936)

SANDREUTER & CO  1924

SANDREUTER & CO 1924

BASEL, SWITZERLAND
ARTIST – W. WASSERMANN

SCHUSTER & CO 1945

SCHUSTER & CO 1945

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
ARTIST – PIERRE GAUCHAT (1902-1956)

PRINTEMPS

PRINTEMPS

PARIS, FRANCE

PRINTEMPS

PRINTEMPS

PARIS, FRANCE