Publicity for Tonpress Recordings - Three gramophone horns atop a vocalist’s head
1970s. Very Good. Item #6173
Text on poster: Tonpress // Krojowa // Agencja // Wydawnicza // KAW logo // Najnowsze // Przeboje // Na // Płytach // Gramofonowych. Date: 1970s presumed. Height x width: 97cm x 65cm. Printing information: lower right corner: Zakł. Offset. W-wa z. 5463 nakład 5.000 egz. B-122 KAW logo. Condition: Closed puncture tear upper left corner—does not reach poster edge; Closed curved tear upper right corner; Thin strip of bottom edge erosion, including two holes (0.5cm-1cm) perhaps from previous mounting; Horizontal chip lacking center of bottom edge (1cm x 2 cm)
Jodłowski, one of the lead creative forces in the Polish poster school, taught at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, and would receive the Silver and Gold Crosses of Merit as well as the Knight’s and Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.
What is now seen as the height of Poland’s poster creativity was a paradoxical by-product of the height of Communist Party control over public messaging related to the arts and cultural endeavors from the mid-1940s to almost the end of the century. What had been, before the war, and dating back as early as the mid-19th century, florid and often text-heavy formats, where fonts and textual layout bore a predominant or equal burden with imagery in conveying information, yielded in the five decades after World War II to the primacy of the image on its own. Visuals became mischievous, allegorical, satiric, and parabolic, and so fantastically creative that they could make innumerable apolitical or counterpolitical appeals while eluding the specific controls of verbal censorship.