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This poster comes from the Netherlands:

Walter. Painters Union. 1929

Painters' trade union informs us that the hand holding a brush can also be a fist. Beware!..

Recently, yours truly and Stefan exchanged opinions on Interbellum art. Speaking of creativity and imagination, I mentioned countries unaffected by the Great War and revolutionary turmoil - namely, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Both were able to adopt innovative styles and techniques, and their poster art doesn't seem old-fashioned or conformist when put together with well-known French, Russian, German or Italian masterpieces.

By the way, what do we expect from a Dutch poster? Should it look like this:

Machiel Wilmink. Tulip Season. 1930

... or this?

Visser. Skating. 1934

... or maybe this?

J.H. de Bussy. Bols ad. 1920s

And when it comes to the politics, our expectations usually don't go beyond a colorful Mayday:

C.M. Plomp. Workers Celebrate the 1st of May. 1930

Now please say good-bye to all your expectations and send your stereotypes to the nearest scrapyard. Here is a typical example of the Interbellum Dutch propaganda:

Cornelis Rose. De Tribune ad. 1931

Cornelis Rose urges us to read De Tribune, a "revolutionary people's daily". The year is 1931.

Albert Funke Kuepper. Het Volk ad. 1929

Albert Funke Kuepper, in a Cassandre-ish manner, is trying to sell us Het Volk, a Social-democratic daily (1929)

Albert Hahn. Paint South Holland Red! 1932

Another piece of Social-Democratic propaganda, an election poster by Albert Hahn, is calling: "Paint South Holland red!" (1932)

For our people in need. Labour. Bread (NSB) 1930s

Labour and bread are promised (again, in red) to the people by the National-Socialist Movement.

Jos van Woerkom. Roman Catholic State Party. 1937

And even the Roman-Catholic State Party's poster (by Jos van Woerkom, 1937) has a generous touch of red color

Walter. Choose Red. 1929

"Choose Red" by Walter for the Social-Democratic Workers' Party, 1929

Fre Cohen. It comes to the Future of Your Child. 1930

The elections are about the future of your children - this is the red-flagged message of the same party, delivered by Fre Cohen (1930)

Steef Davidson. Vote for Communists! 1931

Here it is, the Red Fist, squeezing every enemy of the working class. Steef Davidson, 1931

Meijer Bleekrode, Cornelis Rose. De Fakkel daily. 1932

De Fakkel means "the Torch". It's the name of the Independent Socialist Party daily, and this Red Torch was created by Meijer Bleekrode and Cornelis Rose in 1932

Cornelis Rose and Bergboom. De Tribune ad. 1932

Futurism for the masses. Another De Tribune poster, by Cornelis Rose and Bergboom. 1932

Joan B. Luersen, Francois Elsen. Red Musicians (Proletarian Musicians Union). 1931

Red Musicians. Joan B. Luersen, Francois Elsen for the Proletarian Musicians Union, 1931

Albert Hahn. International Workers Sports Festival. 1929

An all-red sports festival. OK, it's International Workers Sports Festival (Albert Hahn, 1929)

Enough with the politics. The Interbellum Netherlands produced scores of striking commercial posters, promoting trade and industrial fair, transportation, radio sets, light bulbs - actually, everything. I especially love this one:

Carlo Jung. Construction Exhibition. 1932Carlo Jung. Construction Exhibition. 1932

Philips Radio. 1930

Philips Radio. 1930

Kees van der Laan. National Flight School. 1932

Kees van der Laan. National Flight School. 1932

Aviation Lottery. 1934

Aviation Lottery. 1934

KLM 1936

KLM. 1936

Fly to Java by KNILM. 1938

Fly to Java by KNILM. 1938

Daan de Vries. Tourist Trophy 1931

Daan de Vries. Tourist Trophy - Dutch Grand Prix 1931

Amsterdam Motor Show 1935

Amsterdam Motor Show 1935

By the way, A.M. Cassandre worked for the Dutch customers:

A.M. Cassandre, Exhibiton of cars and motorcycles, 1929

This 1930 poster is quite famous.

Londen by A.M. Cassandre, 1928

This, printed in 1928 for the Channel Ferries Service, is probably less. But isn't it great?

NeNyTo by A.M. Cassandre, 1928

An iconic poster for the industrial exhibition in Rotterdam, also 1928.

Quite en event it was, this exhibition. Another poster, by a local artist:

Jaap Gidding. Netherlands Industry Exhibition. 1928

Jaap Gidding. Netherlands Industry Exhibition. 1928

Henri C. Pieck. Utrecht's Fair. 1934

Henri C. Pieck. Utrecht Fair 1934

Emens. Utrecht Fair 1938

Emens. Utrecht Fair 1938

Philips Light Bulbs. 1938

Philips Light Bulbs. 1938

Woldring. Study Technology at Home. 1938

Woldring. Study Technology at Home. 1938

Zandvoort Trophy. 1939

Zandvoort Trophy. 1939

Holland-America Line to New York. 1939

Holland-America Line to New York. 1939

Unfortunately, 1939 was not only the World's fair year. In May 1940, the Netherlands surrendered to the German forces. Thanks to this exceptional website, we can search digitized national memory for the stuff printed under the Nazi rule - but it's another story for another day.

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Comment by lord_k on September 17, 2012 at 6:24am

Thank you Dieter.

Hope I managed to avoid misinterpreting, etc.

Comment by Dieter Marquardt on September 17, 2012 at 6:15am

A truly amazing collection!

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