Illustrations for a Japanese edition of ‘Journey to the West’ (c. 1950)
These reproductions are from expired auction listings at ha.com. The dates range from 1927 to 1981 with many posters from the 1940s.
Swing Time (1936) signed: Erik F. I’ve done three posts of vintage Swedish movie posters, but this is my first (and probably last) post of Danish posters. Kurt Wenzel and Erik F. (Erik Frederiksen) seem to be the big names in poster design in Denmark. The reproductions are from expired auction listings at ha.com. Heritage doesn’t have many to choose from (unlike the Swedish posters), and almost all of them are stamped by the Danish censor board, which makes me think they come from a single collection. Greed (1926) Kiss of Death (1947) Last Warning (1929) The Thing from Another World (1951) The War of the Worlds (1954) signed: Wenzel King Kong (poster, 1948) signed: Boye The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Pearls of the Crown (1937) signed: Rodian T. Dark Victory (1939) Leave Her to Heaven (1948) signed: Willy Suspicion (1948) Looks like Wenzel again The 39 Steps (1960) signed: Wenzel The Puritan (Early 1940s) signed: Ruthwenn Eriksen Chamber of Horrors (1947) signed: Erik F. The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964) The Gay Divorcee (1934) signed: Erik F. Maciste in Hell (1927) signed: Wenzel I would have guessed a much later date for this poster The Night of the Hunter (1955) signed: Wenzel Sunset Boulevard (1951) signed: ByS? This post first appeared on April 7, 2014 on 50 Watts
Illustrations by Eva Bednářová for ‘Pohádky’ (Fairy Tales) by Olga Scheinpflugová (Prague, 1971) From my earlier post “Button Tales”:Eva Bednářová (1937–1986) was a prolific Czech illustrator who won both BIB and IBBY awards (major illustration awards). I haven’t found a bio for her in English, but this Czech page includes a bibliography, a photo, and two amazing images (I want whatever books they come from) [April 2014 update: they come from this book!]… I think just one book featuring Bednářová’s work made it into English: Chinese Fairy Tales (Artia 1969, 1970s in English on Amazon). For the same Artia fairy tale series, she illustrated stories by Perrault and d’Aulnoy in 1978 (cheap French reprint here; will feature it someday) and stories from Tibet in 1974. And about the author, from wikipedia: “Olga Scheinpflugová (1902–68) was a Czech actress and writer. She was a daughter of the writer, journalist and playwright Karel Scheinpflug. In 1935, she married the writer Karel Čapek.” (I look forward to learning more about her.) from the cover (my copy is worn and dirty) illustrated boards I just wound up with a bunch more illustrated books by Czech artists — Hoffmeister, Pacovska, Serych, Fuka, Stepan, Bednarova, etc. I promise to share some scans before they get absorbed into the hoard. Until then, revisit the archives for more Czech books. This post first appeared on April 2, 2014 on 50 Watts