Friday, August 6, 2010

New Wave, New York! ....Cool vintage NYC post cards

We found these vintage New York City 'New Wave' photo-collage postcards a few years ago, and figured it was about time we did something with them as they are totally awesome! So enjoy...

These postcards from 1984 by Dennis O'Donnell are somewhat typical of the graphic art from the 'New Wave' period of the 1970s & 80s. Drawing heavily from the 1950s American dream and Richard Hamiltons 1956 pop art collage 'Just What Is It That Makes Today's Home So Different, So Appealing', along with sci-fi, comic books and kitsch, the New Wave set were obsessed with retro 50s & 60s imagery. The influence can be seen in bands like Blondie and the B 52's, artists of the time such as Kenny Scharf, and the clothing and advertising of fashion labels like 'Fiorucci' (as seen in our post from last year featuring Fiorucci skirts with retro 5os style novelty prints). Definitely a fun and colorful time, especially in New York City!

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