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Support Your Local Sheriff! 1969 Polish A1 Film Poster, Zelek

We love this striking Polish poster for US Western caper Support Your Local Sheriffstarring James Garner. Bold, contemporary graphics by Zelek 

The end of the Second World War marked the dawn of a new period in the development of Polish poster art, which became known as the Polish School of Posters. The recently installed Communist regime began commissioning artists to design posters not only with social and political messages, but also, and more prominently, to promote the many aspects of the government-run (Ministry of Art and Culture) cultural media: concerts, exhibitions, film, jazz, opera, theatre, etc. and the circus (cyrk in Polish). The artists were instructed to reject Western values in their posters and were to follow rules about appropriate messaging, but other than that, they had complete artistic freedom. This resulted in some truly unique and bold designs, chock-full with individual personality, wit and subversive commentary. Heavy in metaphors and symbolism and executed in a painterly fashion with handcrafted typography the posters of the Polish School of Posters significantly influenced the international development of graphic design. The highly original designs remain contemporary to this day and continue to gain appreciation.

Year 1969
Poster Type Polish A1 (23 x 33 inches)
Style -
Art by    

Bronislaw Zelek

Rolled/Folded/Other Folded/Rolled
Condition Excellent
Condition Details Originally folded (as issued) but stored flat a long time and fold lines barely noticeable. Small paper-loss on left hand margin, pin-holes in corners. Wear and tears around edges (some up to 2 inches). Writing on back - slight impression to the front. Still displays fabulously.