‘Pentagram Papers 50: Poster Stamps’ Launches at Poster House

Events — Jun 12, 2024

The latest edition in our long-running series was introduced at a reception in NYC.

In the early 20th century, large advertising posters sniped along city streets were also shrunk down and stuck on envelopes, letters and bills as decorative stamps. Originally popular with both adults and children as collectibles, the poster stamps are now highly valued as an important part of the history of graphic design, popular art and social tradition.

These mini masterpieces are the focus of Pentagram Papers 50: Poster Stamps, the latest in our ongoing series that explores different subjects related to design. The new publication was designed and curated by Pentagram London Associate Jane Plüer, featuring stamps taken from her own extensive collection.

Pentagram’s New York office recently launched the publication with a reception at Poster House, the first poster museum in the US. Friends and colleagues gathered to check out copies of the book, and Plüer gave a brief talk about her collection and shared some of her favorite examples.

See more from the new Pentagram Paper here.

Photos by Federico Rodriguez Caldentey.

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