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Vintage Poster of Seattle By: Irwin Caplan, 1968

1968 Seattle

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By: Irwin Caplan

Date: 1968 (dated) Seattle, WA

Dimensions: 37.75 x 28.5 inches (96 x 72.5 cm)

This is a scarce pictorial bird's-eye-view of Seattle by Irwin Caplan, published by the Seattle-based department store Frederick & Nelson in 1968.

This imaginative illustration offers a eccentric take on the Emerald City with its lively harbor, hills, and towering skyscrapers that include the Space Needle, and the Seafirst Building flying a flag that reads "Big Daddy." Automotive and foot traffic is abundant and six inset illustration offer a closer look into the activity of Seattle. These illustrations include the Public City Market, City Center and the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, to name a few.

Above the city we find a jet towing a banner that reads "Boeing Job No 50327," which is a obvious nod to Boeing Company which was based in Seattle from 1916 to 2001 when it moved its headquarters to Chicago. in the foreground, we find a comical bunch of beachgoers and a totem pole, representing the indigenous foundations of the Pacific Northwest. 

The work is very reminiscent of works by Jim Michaelson who did a similar poster of San Francisco that was published by Trend Graphics and Sparta Graphics the same year. Both are printed on a yellow heavy paper stock and feature a metallic sheen that glistens when viewed under light from the right angle.   

Condition: This vintage poster is in B+ condition with a few minor stress lines that do not distract from the overall eye-appeal.

Inventory #12652

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