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Celebrating Illustration, Design, Cartoon and Comic Art of the Mid-20th Century

Some Fun Stuff for Summer, Part 1

Monday, June 25, 2012

Summer officially arrived late last week, so I've decided to lighten up for a while. Today's Inspiration will continue - but I'll be doing less intensive research and writing and posting more "just for fun" stuff.

To kick things off, here are several pieces from a fun 1960 ad campaign for Sanka Instant Coffee.

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I 'test-drove' a couple of these images yesterday on Facebook and Flickr and was very pleased by the response they received.

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Many people 'Liked' or 'Favorited' them immediately - suggesting they must be as appealing to today's audience as they no doubt were some fifty years ago.

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No surprise that these fun illustrations enjoyed such an enthusiastic reception...

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... but genuinely surprising (to me anyway) is discovering that John Falter was responsible for painting these images.

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Who was John Falter? Like I said, I'm cutting back on the heavy lifting for the summer. But try Google Image Searching the name "John Falter." I bet you'll be surprised too!

5 comments

  1. Coffee and near-coffee is dear to most artists' hearts, I think. AND usually in hand when I skim social media...

    I really enjoy your blog; you spiked my interest in Bernie Fuch's work a while back. Thanks again for that and your presentations.

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  2. Fun illustrations, beautifully done! I like these better than his more traditional Post covers.

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  3. Many thanks DSM - that's really great to hear!

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  4. Pat; I'm with you - I like these much more than most of what I've seen by Falter. How he came to be chosen for something like this I can't imagine... but he had a real knack for this cartoony style. A shame he didn't do more.

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  5. That's some real leisurely fun stuff: Following your advice I looked at those John Falter Google images. All this awesome hyper-realistic stuff.
    In spite of being less realist/sophisticated, Sanka Coffee illustrations here have an enormous impact; not only on me as I hear...

    Enjoy the rather short Canadian summer, Leif, and thereafter Indian Summer;-)

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