It is important to remember that you are buying an original vintage fine art poster an not a reproduction of any kind. We do not use terms like “mint” or “near mint” condition, as they are highly subjective. Each of our pieces is photographed in high quality so you can zoom in and view the poster in greater detail. In addition we use the following IVPDA (International Vintage Poster Dealers Association) approved condition rating system:
"A" Condition: the poster is in fine condition. The colours are fresh and there is no paper loss. If there is a slight tear, or folds, it is very unobtrusive.
"B" Condition: the poster is in good condition. The colours are acceptable. While slight paper loss maybe evident, it does not distract from the image. Restoration, if any, is not immediately apparent.
"C" Condition: the poster is in fair condition. Colours are faded, and there are signs of more extensive restoration. Existing folds are more visible, and possibly minor paper loss.
We further use '+' or '-' to more precisely describe the condition of a particular item (e.g.: B+). On top of this, we describe any “condition particularities” for individual pieces on its product page.
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This 1955 Polish propaganda poster is titled, On Guard of the Polish Sky. It was designed for the Polish communist government as an advertisement of the Polish airforce. It is a wonderful showcase of Polish original poster art that is beginning to be recognized today for its unique achievements. While the Poles were isolated from the rest of the world by the iron curtain, incredible and unique poster art was thriving within the country uninfluenced by western "commercial" styles.
Wiktor Gorka (1922-2004) was a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, 1952. Since 50s he worked for Poland's largest publishing houses and film distributors: RSW "Prasa", "WAG", "CWF". For many years he was a visiting professor at numerous artistic academies in Mexico. Wiktor GorkaGorka created numerous movie posters, for which he was awarded famous and numerous awards, including the second Charlemagne Prize for Film Poster (1964).
Particulars: This colour offset poster has been professionally conserved and backed on acid-free linen paper ( see poster and print conservation and restoration )