A Golden Age of Poster Design: Magazine Posters from the 1890s

Discover the beauty of antique posters at Pittock Mansion, a 100+ year old mansion overlooking downtown Portland!

Look back to the early days of modern graphic design in our exhibit of antique lithograph posters. Advertising long relied on handbills and posters, but improvements to lithographic printing in the 1880s meant publishers could inexpensively reproduce colorful artwork. The new artistic possibilities prompted an international poster craze and elevated graphic design to a fine art.

Magazines, a popular source of entertainment at the time, were among the many products advertised through posters. In this exhibit, explore stunning American examples from a golden age of poster design from beloved magazines like Harper’s Monthly and bygone publications like Lippincott’s and The Century from a private local collection.

  • Tuesday, April 25

    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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Pittock Mansion

Built in 1914, Pittock Mansion is the perfect place to learn about Portland's transformation from small "stumptown" to bustling modern city.