Original Vintage Posters and Prints From the Roaring 20’s

Decorate your walls with a thrilling throw back to the Roaring 20’s, or as referred to by the French as Les Années Folles or the Crazy Years. This was a time of economic prosperity, where jazz and hooch were free flowing and the world became obsessed with celebrities. If you have a passion for original vintage posters there is no greater place to start your collection than the 1920’s.

This was an era of social, artistic, and cultural dynamism.  The decade saw the personal use of automobiles, telephones and the very first motion pictures, all of which made information and advertisement easier to communicate. Trends were easier to catch fire and it was easier to follow celebrities in the making and keep up to date on the latest gossip and news. The biggest celebrities were sports heroes and movie stars. The new technology made people feel like anything was possible and they broke away from tradition to forge new territory of their own in society and culture.

Even though the 20’s were the era of prohibition, there was plenty of alcohol to go around and the Jazz clubs were swinging with bob-haired flappers and distinguished gentlemen. Vintage posters would include lots of advertisements for cigarettes and automobiles and the first movie posters as motion picture took over the social scene.  Many of the designs around this time incorporated music notes and elements in their theme.

If you’re more political minded you can find a lot of great propaganda posters as the 1920’s was abuzz with radical political movements, communism started to rear its ugly head and women lobbied for (and won) the right to vote in many countries. You can find a lot of patriotic posters as well as many vintage posters from other countries like London and France.

The most collectible vintage posters from the 1920’s are done in Art Deco, a design style that stayed popular throughout the 20’s and 30’s. Art Deco was all about bright colors, firm shapes and ornate decorations that were meant to capture the feeling of prosperity many countries such as the US, Canada and France were experiencing at the time. Art Deco started in France and therefor there are a lot of collectible French prints from the 20’s to this day.


The bold and bright colors of the 1920’s posters make them prime for use in home decorating and large prints will look fantastic hanging in your dining room, living room or game room. The clean lines and simple designs will enhance your space and make good use of lighting and tone. The posters convey a feeling of elegance and carefree lifestyles that are sure to brighten any mood. 

What do you like most about the Roaring 20s style?

Posted: Jan 20, 2014 | Tagged: 1920s, Art Deco, Les Années Folles, Roaring 20’s

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