The History of the Poster
For this essay I have researched the history of the poster and chosen two posters in particular which interest me, which I have compared.
If you look the term "poster" up in the dictionary you will find the meaning "large picture displayed in a public place". The word "poster" was originally used in 1838 in England. Back then it referred to a "printed sheet of paper that combined test and illustration". They were used for the purpose of advertisement or in announcement. At first they were simple designs but over time artists became more ambitious as they strove to become recognised.
Nowadays posters are used for decorative purposes. A lot of the time there is no text only the pictorial element. Although posters are now mostly used for advertisement, occasionally there is genuine poster art created solely for pleasure to look at. Most posters use photographs now rather than the traditional method.
Around 1845 the mass production of posters came into play which was done by a power press and could print up to 10,000 sheets of paper an hour by the use of colour lithography. …
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