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Amazing Posters Tell the History Of New York City Nightlife

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Amazing Posters Tell the History Of New York City Nightlife
A new museum in New York City called Poster House is due to open soon, it will shine a spotlight of the cultural and historic significance of posters. Check out some amazing NYC examples of what will be on show.

Before we turned to social media to find out what was going on in the city, new yorkers of the past would keep a weather eye on the (actual) walls of the city where eye-catching posters would feed us with what and where to spend our time. A new museum opening in 2018, Poster Houseis set to uncover the cultural and historical impact of this design artform that has taken a backseat int he age of digital imagery.

The posters you are about to see tell a story of a city where political correctness, especially in regards to nudity, wasn’t even an afterthought. Partying in the city certainly seems to have changed somewhat. The collection you’re about to see spans from 1909 (Madison Square Gardenbowling poster) to 1998 (Coney Island High) and until the museum opens next year (119 West 23rd Street) this is as close as we’ll get to what is on show.

You can keep up with the latest news on Poster House on their website, Instagram, and Facebook. Until then, enjoy:

 H/T BuzzFeed
World’s Fair New York / Pennsylvania Railroad (1939)
Sascha Maurer / Poster House
Sascha Maurer / Poster House
The Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden (1979)
Poster House
Poster House
The Palladium (1985)
Michael Halsband / Poster House
Michael Halsband / Poster House
The Mercer Arts Center (1973)
Poster House
Poster House
The Different Drummer (1968)
J.C. Suares & Bill English / Poster House
J.C. Suares & Bill English / Poster House
The Electric Circus (1968)
Tomi Ungerer / Poster House
Tomi Ungerer / Poster House
The Bottom Line (1977)
Poster House
Poster House
Chelsea Hotel (1970)
Alan Aldridge / Poster House
Alan Aldridge / Poster House
Coney Island High (1998)
Poster House
Poster House
Studio 54 (1980)
M. Hoffman / Poster House
M. Hoffman / Poster House
Bond International Casino (1981)
Poster House
Poster House
Madison Square Garden (1909)
Brunswick-Balek-Collender Co. / Poster House
Brunswick-Balek-Collender Co. / Poster House
New York Subway System (1977)
Massimo Vignelli / Poster House
Massimo Vignelli / Poster House
“You Don’t Have to be Jewish to Love Levy’s” (1967)
Judy Protas and Bill Taubin of DDB / Poster House
Judy Protas and Bill Taubin of DDB / Poster House