The Commercial Art of Mid-Century America
Being the passionate I am, I decided to collect work of stylish beauty, preserving advertising and illustration art of mid-century America. Why? Because, if you’re looking for great artists, look first at the American mid-century ones.
Remember those vintage ads, Comics. See those cartoons. Yes! What a quality! This is art! So for my learning, I collected a nice link Plan59 on the web that I’d like to share with you. I Hope they’ll please you and that it will save you hours of googling If you, too, want to learn how to draw like them.
1. 7 Up: Play It Cool
2. Pepsi-Cola, 1957 | Joe de Mers (1910-1984) .
3. 1960 Chrysler New Yorker in Formal Black
4. Santa Fe Super Chief, 1948
6. This is the Life | Pete Hawley, 1946
7. March 1952 Crown Gasoline calendar | David Lockhart
8. Diamond Crystal Salt, 1960
9. Owens-Illinois, 1957
10. So light they almost fly!
11. Glass Container Manufacturers Institute, 1955
12. Corn Products Refining Co., 1946
Carbonation, artificial flavoring and high-fructose corn syrup never looked so good as in this hyper-colorful graphic from 1946
13. Bohn Aluminum & Brass, 1947
14. Santa Fe Chief, 1947
15. Calvert Distillers, 1953
16. The Joy of Good Eating, 1952
17. Bread’s better ’cause it’s fresher in Cellophane (1954)
18. National Restaurant Association, May 1957
19. Mother, I love you
20. Franco-American, 1954
21. Sharon Steel, 1960: The living is easy-est with STAINLESS STEEL
22. Martians demand “IFIC”
23. Vel and the Volcano
From 1951 and the Kitchen of the Ancients comes “Offering to the Oven-God,” a ritual that involved the sacrifice of a cow in a loaf pan and box of baking soda.
25. Antonio Escandell Oranges, c. 1940s
26. Boyhood Grapefruit, c. 1920s
27. Industry moves on Timken Roller Bearings (1946)
28. 1936 Fifth Avenue
The New York Public Library is at the top of this 1936 watercolor. From Fifth Avenue to Main Street, alloy steels have changed the driving habits of America Republic Steel, 1936
29. Brakes Like a Woman
This pop-art confection from a 1956 car brochure can be found in corner offices across the land.
30. 1955 Cadillac
Have you ever seen a more tasteful set of tailfins?
31. 1957 Cadillac
Pointed yet voluptuous was Cadillac for 1957.
32. 1958 Cadillac Series Sixty-Two convertible
33. Meet the first Futuramic Station Wagon | 1949 Oldsmobile
34. 1940 Packard Super-8 One-Sixty Touring Sedan
35. 1958 Pontiac Bonneville
36. Ronald McLeod (1897-1977)
37. 1959 Imperial LeBaron
38. 1936 Packard Twelve Town Car with body by Le Baron
39. Union Carbide and Carbon, 1943
40. Dowtherm Reverie — Dow Chemicals, 1951 | Harry Beckhoff (1901-1979)
41. Weird Tales of the Future, 1952
42. Hans Schmidt painted by Vaughan Bass in 1954
43. Lou Thesz painted by Vaughan Bass in 1954
44. Baron Leone painted by Vaughan Bass in 1954
45. The World of Union Carbide, 1960
46. Goodyear Tire & Rubber, 1949
47. The incomparable Capehart 21-inch Saratoga
48. Tide cuts grease as no soap can! 1951 Cleaner dishes . . . Ring-free pan . . .
49. Nash-Kelvinator Corporation, 1944