Archive for the ‘graphics and signage’ Category

World Passport

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Old version of the World Passport, from 1979

The website of the organization that issues this passport, the  World Government of World Citizens and its associated World Service Authority (WSA), has a quote from Einstein:

So long as there are sovereign nations possessing great power, war is inevitable.

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Bush: terrorist No. 1

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

A friend and I arrived in Paris in 2005 at the tail end of a an anti-Bush, anti-war protest in the Bastille. This poster had been left behind and I kept it. Bush was in Paris to comemmorate, ironically, the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII.

The war on Iraq (that edition of it anyway) was in 2005 only two years old.

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Young Socialists poster circa late 1960s/early 70s – Larry Nozaki

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

A classic old political meeting poster I found while I was cleaning out my grandfather’s house after he died. I miss these posters on their fragile yellow paper. Is this done by mimeograph? Three colours of ink: black, green and red. I’m sure it must have been my uncle Bobby’s, and I’m assuming it’s from the late 60s or early 70s.

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Gastown poster – 1960s or 1970s style

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Because of my research on a 1976 event, people keep bringing me things from that general era. Thanks to my friend Resi for finding this in her mother’s house and bringing it to me yesterday. Not only is this Vancouver neighbourhood nearby to me (and now gentrified many times over), the map shows the Gastown Wax Museum where I worked many a summer in Vancouver, though its sign seems to be on the wrong building.

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More colonial craft

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Once you start seeing something, it’s suddenly everywhere  (and it doesn’t help that people keep sending me examples). After noticing that we seem culturally obsessed with our colonial settlement of this city/province/country/continent right now, and that this pioneer DIY craft style has spread as far afield as Brisbane and Berlin, based on what people have written me, I feel compelled to keep collecting it.

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Colonial aesthetics and Ralph Lauren

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

In a direct line from my earlier post on the heritage hipster style as a settler colonial aesthetic, here is another exhibit in the colonial museum of fashion: Ralph Lauren using genocide-era vintage photographs of native men in western dress as part of its recent marketing campaign.

Not surprisingly this campaign has not gone down well.

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