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Original commercial art collection

circa 1920-1940
 Collection
Accession: 2000-221

Abstract

Commercial art, or advertising art, is art created for an enterprise to communicate reasons to buy goods and services, to create a recognizable logo, or to detail the correct performance of a task. The collection consists of original drawings, sketches, and paintings for unidentified cosmetic, powder, and perfume packaging.

Dates

  • circa 1920-1940

Creator

Extent

76 item(s)

General Physical Description

76 items (drawings, paintings, sketches) ; 11 x 8.5 in. or smaller.

Historical Note

Commercial art, or advertising art, is art created for an enterprise to communicate reasons to buy goods and services, to create a recognizable logo, or to detail the correct performance of a task. Commercial artists design and create advertisements, logos, bill boards, brochures, book covers, and product packaging among other artwork. Two main areas of specialization for commercial art are illustration and graphic design. Illustrators create images for published print materials like books, magazines, and stationary. Graphic designers create artwork and layouts for published print materials as well as television, the Internet, and product packaging.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of original drawings, sketches, and paintings for unidentified cosmetic, powder, and perfume packaging. Many of the designs are floral and some employ Japanese motifs. A few sketches are on the reverse side of letterhead paper for the Van Cleve Company, Advertising, 250 Fifth Avenue, New York, and for the Gray Lithograph Company, Artistic Color Lithographers, New York.

Location

GL Box 1.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Original commercial art collection
Status:
Date:
2015
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400