Hans Sachs founded the Verein der Plakat Freunde with Hans Meyer in 1905. Out of this poster cult evolved a passion for poster stamps. Here are a few.
Steven Heller showcases a set of poster stamps—small, yes, but of major significance to the histories of commerce, advertising and poster art.
Poster stamps were used to advertise and commemorate things, people, events and, of course, products and services. These particular poster stamps are a curious amalgam of politics, government, history, tea and irony.
Between the turn of the century and the late 1920s when the so-called “Object Poster” had reached a peak, the most effective posters were those that could be printed in both enlarged and reduced formats without sacrificing any essential visual information. Lucian Bernhard, father of the Object Poster (sachplakat) in Germany, was associated with...