Q&A on Collecting: Vintage travel poster is view to the past

Anne McCollam answers readers' questions about the value of their antiques.
BY ANNE MCCOLLAM, For The Oklahoman Modified: December 28, 2013 at 6:51 pm •  Published: December 30, 2013
Q: Enclosed is a photo of one of the vintage travel posters that were found in my family's basement.

We think they were a collection of posters that belonged to my husband's great aunt. She was a nurse on a cruise ship in the 1930s and must have saved them.

Marked on the poster are two letters and the words “JP Wiertz, Printed in Germany, Offsetdruck, Brandstetter, Leipzig — 23” X 39.” The poster is in mint condition.

We would appreciate any information you can provide about the history, vintage and value of our poster.

A: Vintage travel posters are very collectible. Those made in the 1930s can give us a glimpse of a time gone by. Your poster was the creation of German artist Jupp Wiertz.

He was born in Germany in 1888 and became a well-known commercial artist specializing in magazine illustrations and travel posters.

Bayreuth is a city in Germany and the home of music composer Richard Wagner.

“Offsetdruck” is the German word for “offset,” a type of print used in making posters.

“Brandstetter” is the name of the publisher that was located in Leipzig, Germany.

Your poster is circa 1937 and similar ones have sold in the range of $425 or more.

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