Martha's Vineyard by Ben Nason, circa 1940
New this month on the Maps of Antiquity website is a catagory dedicated to highly collectible antique posters. One of our favorites is this outstanding graphic art poster, created by Ben Nason around 1940 & printed through the early 1950's. Our original was signed by the artist himself, backed on canvas, & is best example of this poster that we have ever seen, condition-wise. This is one of a series of seven New England posters commissioned by the New Haven Railroad to renew interest in travel throughout the Northeast. Key elements of each destination are used to demonstrate the historic, cultural, & natural beauty of each destination.

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Nantucket by Ben Nason, circa 1940
This original Ben Nason poster is also backed with canvas, signed by the artists, & in very good to excellent antique condition. We also make high-quality reproductions of this piece, which are available framed or unframed. Although posters from this series were initially published in 1941, distribution was curtailed during WWII when all non-essential rail travel was actively discouraged. After the war, however, Nason's posters were widely distributed to train stations, ticket offices, travel agencies, etc., & remained in service for more than a decade thereafter. Surviving examples are highly collectible, especially those that feature vacation destinations that continue to be as popular as Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket


Wurttemburg Ulm Travel Poster, circa 1936
This poster, produced by the German government, was one of many used to promote travel in pre-war Germany. With a photograph of the cathedral in Wurttemburg Ulm, the text translates approximately to,  "Providing information and advertising regulations of all travel and transport to the office of foreign countries, Wurttemburg Ulm, Reichsbahn central for the German travel."

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America's Fishing Fleet and Men, WWII Poster - 1943
Rosie was one heck of a riveter, but if deep sea fishing attracts few women now, it attracted none during the 1940's. Although certain jobs required a masculine touch, during the Second World War, men who weren't shipped overseas were often stigmatized for staying behind. Our graphically stunning WWII posters hung in train stations & municipal buildings, & sought to foster a strong connection between patriotism and fishing. Show that special fisherman (or fisherwoman) in your life how much you appreciate all their hard work with the gift of a highly collectible antique poster!


Celebes, Netherlands Indies, Indonesia / WWII Newsmap - 1944
Our colorful WWII newsmaps were prepared by various branches of the U.S. government and printed weekly during the Second World War. This particular newsmap includes, on one side, Southern France looking North up the Rhone River Valley, an aerial view of one of the ports in Southern Italy just before the landing on Southern France, and reports on the War Fronts in North France, South France, Italy, the Pacific and Eastern Fronts. The reverse of paper, shown above, is a large relief map of "Celebus" or Indonesia

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1409 Main Street (Route 28)
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