A Golden Age of Poster Design: Magazine Posters from the 1890s


A Golden Age of Poster Design: Magazine Posters from the 1890s
On view
Feb. 1 – July 9


Discover the beauty of antique posters and their role in advertising. Advertising long relied on handbills and posters, but improvements to lithographic printing in the 1880s meant publishers could inexpensively reproduce colorful artwork. The new artistic possibilities prompted an international poster craze and elevated graphic design to a fine art.

Magazines, a popular source of entertainment at the time, were among the many products advertised through posters. In this exhibit, explore stunning American examples from a golden age of poster design from beloved magazines like Harper’s Monthly and bygone publications like Lippincott’s and The Century from a private local collection.

Above: Edward Penfield poster advertising the August 1896 issue of
Harper’s Monthly featuring a new story by Mark Twain. Right: Edward Potthast poster advertising the July 1896 issue of The Century.


June – Sept. 4 10am – 5pm Daily
Sept. 5 – Dec. 31 11am – 4pm Daily
Nov. 17 – 19 CLOSED
Thanksgiving Day CLOSED
Christmas Day CLOSED
January CLOSED
Feb. – May 11am – 4pm Daily



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Adults $10.00
Seniors (65+) $9.00
Youth (ages 6–18) $7.00
Children under 6 FREE

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