Going to Chicago: Posters for the Windy City

Among the many advertisements for tempting domestic and exotic locations in Friday’s Rare & Important Travel Posters auction, is a particularly fine selection of images promoting Chicago.
Ervine Metzl, Chicago, 1924.
From 1924 are two images for Chicago Rapid Transit intended to draw visitors to the city’s attractions: Ervine Metzl’s evening view of buildings obscured by trees, which is reminiscent of the Beggarstaff brothers’ cut-out collage style; and Willard Frederic Elmes’s unusually large poster depicting a statue of war hero and politician John Alexander Logan that sits in Grant Park.
Hernando G. Villa, Chicago World’s Fair 1933.
There are also five posters for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, which had the theme “A Century of Progress.” These include Weimer Pursell’s exceedingly rare Wings of a Century, which was designed to promote the Railroads on Parade pageant; Hernando G. Villa’s design featuring a male figure with a laurel wreath on his head, indicating that it may have been a repurposed image from the 1932 Olympic Games; and a poster of the popular Skyride attraction by an unknown artist.
Unknown designer, Skyride, 1933.

We hold an auction of Rare & Important Travel Posters each October. Contact Nicholas D. Lowry to inquire about consigning quality materials to the next sale.