Anna Palmer Draper collected hundreds of posters during her lifetime, and when she passed away in 1914, her will indicated that they would go to the New York Public Library. They did, and in the 1930s and 1940s Library staff members mounted the posters on card stock and bound them into large volumes, alphabetically by artist. Many of them are now available on this site, and they represent a broad pastiche of magazine, book, and newspaper posters from the 1890s into the early 20th century. Visitors can search through the collection headings, which include "Posters by Will Bradley", "American book posters", and "Newspaper posters". One good place to start here is the "Commercial Posters" area. Here visitors will find exquisite advertisements for Blue Seal birch beer, Sterling bicycles, and Arrow shirts for men. Students of illustration, design, and art history will find much to admire and enjoy here.


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