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Australia, Sailing Sydney Harbour NSW

Date: c 1950
1008 x 633 mm
Medium: Paper, linen
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © James Northfield Heritage Art Trust
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Poster
Object No: 00039720

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    This poster produced by the Australian National Publicity Association shows the billowing sails of vessels racing on Sydney Harbour, with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the distance. Travel and tourism organisations produced posters like this to tempt travellers and tourists from overseas and from within Australia.
    SignificanceThe poster designed by prolific poster artist James Northfield, illustrates the use of sailing imagery in tourism marketing campaigns in the early 1950s. It represents early 20th century design trends and the role of Modernist aesthetics in popular culture.
    HistoryPosters commissioned by the Australian National Publicity Association featured iconic Australian locations as desirable destinations. Travel posters tapped into the desire of their prospective audience by presenting an attractive alternative to reality. Posters produced for the local market were more likely to advertise the charms of a specific location than those developed for an international audience.

    James Northfield (1888 - 1973) was born in Geelong Victoria and set up his own commercial studio in the 1930s. Northfield specialised in hand lithographic work and was commissioned by major local and national organisations such as Victorian Government and Australian National Travel Association to design travel posters. His work appeared in billboard advertisements, promotional travel posters and posters relating to World War I and II. Northfield's works were distributed throughout Australia and internationally.
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    Web title: Australia, Sailing Sydney Harbour NSW

    (not entered): Australia Sailing Sydney Harbour NSW

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