1940 Bananas Poster.
Huge Lithograph Poster (38 x 60 inches) marketing "bananas."
The poster was illustrated by Victor Beals and is dated 1940. I've done some research on Victor Beals online and can not seem to find much. I did discover that he was born in 1895 and died in 1975. He was an illustrator known for his work on travel posters and a couple of Fortune Magazine covers among other things. Some of his more collectible posters have sold for $100s, even $1,000s of dollars.
The poster is from my personal collection. I acquired it from a friend who found it in the attic of a house he purchased in N. Attleboro, Massachusetts. The previous owners included an elementary teacher who retired sometime in the 1960s. The poster was included in a box of teaching aids she had collected.
Condition: The poster is in poor overall condition though the graphics and colors are still bright and crisp and there is no significant loss of paper. That being said sections of the poster are torn where folds intersect and there is multiple creasing at and around folds. There's a couple of spots where tape was used on surface but minimal. I imagine if the poster was professionally straightened and framed, many of it's flaws would be rendered less visible. As I say there is no significant paper loss or fading. The edges are also in tact. The attached pic is of the actual poster but does not clearly show smaller flaws.
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