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    Sky Hawk, 1929 (artist: Eric Rohman)

Illustrators! Take inspiration from these magnificent 1930s Swedish posters

Posted by Liv Siddall,

Warm up your eyeballs, these vintage Swedish posters courtesy of 50 Watts are testament to design brilliance of yore. The exuberant, star-studded images recall a time where “negative space” in graphic design wasn’t really a big deal, and the movie stars of the day were treated like gods rather than circus animals. It’s beautiful, time-withstanding images like these that make you wonder whether novels like The Great Gatsby or films like Casablanca would be half as famous without the iconic designs of the book jacket and poster. Current film and book designers, take note!

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    The Walking Dead, 1936 (artist: Castegren)

  • 02-moje-aslund--1934--death-takes-a-holiday-swedish-movie-poster

    Death Takes a Holiday, 1934 (artist: Moje Aslund)

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    Sweet Surrender, 1935

  • 05-rohman--champs-of-the-champs-elysees-paramount--1934

    Champes of the Champs-Elysses (artist: Eric Rohman)

  • 09-1934-one-night-of-love

    One Night of Love, 1934

  • 12-carl-gustav-berglw--the-passionate-plumber-1932

    The Passionate Plumber, 1932 (artist: Carl Gustav Berglow)

  • 14-rohman--dance-fools-dance-mgm--1931

    Dance Fools Dance, 1931 (artist: Eric Rohman)

  • 17-woman-in-the-moon-1929-poster

    Woman in the Moon, 1929

  • 19-rohman--whoopee-united-artists--1930

    Whoopee!, 1930 (artist: Eric Rohman)

  • 01-eric-rohman--poster-for-sky-hawk-1929

    Sky Hawk, 1929 (artist: Eric Rohman)

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Posted by Liv Siddall

Liv joined It’s Nice That as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our editors. She oversees itsnicethat.com and has a particular interest in illustration, photography and music videos. She also runs our London listings site This At There, and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.