FILM NOIR CLASSIC MOVIE POSTERS 1948-1950 - a brief listPublished on 10 Oct. 2017
The distinctive style of movies of the golden age of Film Noir, that genre of Hollywood crime dramas infused with liberal doses of sex and cynicism, is captured in the striking graphics of these classic movie posters. The portrait that emerges of a darker side of mid-twentieth century America makes them a compelling resource for the study of that period as well as for film history archives.
The light-hearted Gary Cooper / Barbara Stanwyck comedy “Ball of Fire” of 1941 that we include in this listing drives home this contrast…but no matter what, somebody is going to get burned...
San Francisco Map Fair September 15-17, 2017 - A Selection of 19th & 20th Century Pictorial MapsPublished on 11 Sept. 2017
Old Imprints will be exhibiting at the inaugural San Francisco Map Fair to be held September 15 to 17, 2017 at The Regency Center, 1290 Sutter Street in San Francisco. For those unable to attend we offer a catalog of select items that we will be exhibiting featuring chiefly maps of California as well as examples of maps from other places. Additional images and condition description are available on our website, together with a more complete listing of highlights.
We hope that you will enjoy this selection.
From The Author: A Selection of signed or inscribed books and related itemsPublished on 01 July 2017
A joint catalogue of books, photographs, letters and similar items from the inventories of Meridian Rare Books and E. J. Morten Booksellers. We are pleased to offer signed works of literature; books and historical documents signed by soldiers and politicians, philosophers and kings; notable signatures from the mountaineering and polar fields; and works of travel.[...] Read more
IN SITU: Situationism & Its Influence 1957-2010 (Part 1)Published on 03 May 2017
I'm pleased to announce our latest e-catalogue (#11.5) entitled IN SITU and dedicated entirely to Situationism. This is our largest catalogue to date (almost 200 items), so we're issuing it in two parts. Part one consists of seventy-five items on Situationism proper: Guy Debord, Raoul Vaneiegem, the INTERNATIONALE SITUATIONNISTE, various sections of the SI, as well as histories of the movement. Part two, forthcoming in a couple of weeks, will chronicle (in more than 100 items) the subsequent influence of Situationism.[...] Read more
What's on the menu?...Vintage Food and Drink Menus 1926-1967Published on 01 May 2017
We have had fun putting together our latest ephemera list, this one comprised of vintage menus, most from restaurants in the United States, but British, Canadian, and Mexican restaurants are also included. A number of the menus represent Polynesian-themed restaurants, a mid-twentieth century vogue that, in some menu listings, conflated Chinese food with the South Pacific. Occasionally a menu's emphasis is directed toward offerings from the bar, while others are decidedly discrete: "Could we suggest a glass of wine before dinner?" The menus represent a 40 year span, feature great graphics, prices that make you wonder and drinks that make you thirsty...[...] Read more