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The Orpheum Vaudeville Poster reproductions from 1969

Excerpt from Alfonso Iannelli: Modern By Design
by David Jameson

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The ORPHEUM POSTER reproductions, 1969
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Six of the Orpheum posters were finally reproduced as multiples several years after Iannelli's death. In 1969, the Chicago School of Architecture Foundation ( now the C.A.F.) arranged with the two Iannelli children to publish a selection for sale in the Foundation's shop at Chicago's Glessner House, a magnificent H.H. Richardson structure on Prairie Avenue. Intended as a fundraiser to maintain the Iannelli archives, the six, published in an edition of 1,000, were:

Big City Four
George Whiting/ Sadie Burt
Alice Lloyd
Meehan's Canines
Billy B. Van
Three Beautiful Types.

Printed in silkscreen on heavy white paper, the six re- productions used rich, clear pigments and heavy gold metallic ink that beautifully and accurately captured the saturated tones of the originals. Lacking Iannelli's brush strokes, they are probably truer to his intent as flat distillations of figuration and are, perhaps, more powerful graphic works because of it. They were priced to sell at $6.00 apiece or $25.00 for the set to members of the Foundation.

As the foundation's posters became known, Iannelli's name was never forgotten to the few who bought them. In time, they would be found in antique shops and sold as "original" posters of early Art Deco vintage. The Iannelli monogram became a mystery to later buyers, unaware of his history. Perhaps it was this mystery attached to the strange beauty of the re-discovered posters that somehow kept his name from being entirely forgotten. Research led nowhere for those who cared to look as few libraries included references to Iannelli.

Click Here to Link to Alfonso Iannelli's Biography Page

Click here to Link to the Orpheum Poster page

 

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Orpheum Poster by Iannelli
Big City Four
April 1915

Orpheum Poster by Iannelli
George Whiting/Sadie Burt
March 1915

Orpheum Poster by Iannelli
Alice Lloyd
January 1915

Orpheum Poster by Iannelli
Meehan's Canines
November 1914

Orpheum Poster by Iannelli
Billy B. Van
January 1915

Orpheum Poster by Iannelli
Three Beautiful Types
November 1914






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