Artist: Henry Thelander (signed and dated in print)
Print: Offset lithography
Dimensions: 24.4 x 39.4 in (62 x 100 cm)
Condition: Fair condition - there is a bit of paper loss mainly in the top left corner, some foxing stains scattered around the poster and light center folds (but has been kept flat for long time) - please see pictures.
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Is 4th of July your favorite day of the year? Then this Danish mid-century poster might be something for you.
The poster was made to promote the annual American Independence Day in 1953 in Rebild Bakker, Denmark. During the festivities there is food, music and speeches by politicians, the American ambassador in Denmark and people with connection the both countries. Back in 2016 Barack Obama said: "The annual celebration in Rebild Bakker is a powerful expression of the close ties that bind our countries together. I wish you a happy 4th of July party". The celebration is believed to be the biggest celebration of 4th of July outside the United States. The celebrations started in the Danish city of Aarhus in 1909 but since 1912 the festivities has been held in Rebild Bakker.
On this poster is a huge crowd sitting in the hills watching a speech and on the outline of the poster is the flags from the different American states. This is quite a detailed poster which probably took a long time make.
The poster artist, Henry Thelander, was originally a commercial artist and worked in the advertising department of different companies. His breakthrough as a poster artist came in the mid-1930s with his posters for The Danish Tourist Association and DSB, several of these works can be found in poster museums all over the world.
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