Frank Fox Polish Poster Collection at Drexel University

The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University acquired the collection from Mr. Frank Fox, an alumni of the University, in 2007. This collection contains around 2,500 posters and range in date from the 1930’s through the 1990’s. The bulk of the collection dates from the 1970s to the 1990s. Included are many rare and early posters produced between 1918 & 1940. Approximately 75 Solidarity posters, Wiktor Sadowski posters, WWII and anti-Nazi potters produced outside of Poland, Polish anti-American posters from the 1950s, eight posters by Strarowieyski signed by the artist, posters for Polish Westerns, jazz posters, posters by Alexiun, Gorowski, and other renowned artists. Collection Themes & Highlights: Polish poster art and design emerged at the end of World War II and reached its height during the Cold War era. This explosion of creativity expressed through the Polish School of poster design has had a lasting and significant impact on the history of twentieth century graphic design. The artists and designers that belonged to the Polish School served as social and political commentators during the Soviet dominated years from 1945 to 1989. The allusions and metaphors in many of the posters they created for films, theater, operas, the Soviet circus, and music often made implicit statements on the totalitarian state. Sly and ironic, many Polish posters passed through the official state censors and to colorfully express public discontent on the streets of Warsaw, Krakow and other cities across Poland. The digital images available in iDEA represent a subset of the physical collection. For further information please contact Mark Willie at mew26@drexel.edu.

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Avenging Poland
Avenging Poland
Poster for "Revenge in Poland" features a military pilot smashing his fist into a swastika made of a map that lies on a sphere. The background includes red and yellow (Communism colors) rays that come off the map. The center ray behind the man includes a white version of Poland's coat of arms., army...
First to Fight
First to Fight
Poster for the Poland features a ripped/torn Polish flag on a pole topped with the Poland coat of arms., Polish flag ripped and torn
Relief Fund
Relief Fund
Poster for the Polish Relief Fund features a ripped/torn Polish flag on a pole topped with the Poland coat of arms., Polish flag ripped and torn
Opera za trzy grosze
Opera za trzy grosze
Poster for Threepenny Opera, composed by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, features a hand crawling out of a dirty garbage can that is releasing fumes., Trash can with hand coming out of it
Madame Butterfly
Madame Butterfly
Poster for Italian play "Madama Butterfly," written by Giacomo Puccini, features an abstract woman made of a cage-like graphic intertwined with chopsticks. She only has one eye that is released a cool-toned shape, while part of her hair shape is releasing a warm/fire-toned shape. This illustration l...
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