Normally we wouldn’t have a category as narrowly focused as “posters,” but at St John Antiques we sell World War 1 military posters, Circus posters and posters commemorating Galveston Historic Homes Tour and Galveston Mardi Gras.
We have collected WW1 posters for years, both for ourselves and our daughter. Our loft above the shop displays half a dozen of these on a huge exposed brick wall. We have been buying and selling these posters for a couple decades. The WW1 posters promote war bonds, military recruiting, Salvation Army and Red Cross. Many were produced, both in the USA and in Europe. We like the American posters.
We always like to keep a few vintage circus posters. The most intriguing one currently at St John Antiques is one from a Houston/Pasadena circus that existed only for 10 years – 1920 to 1930. It went under at the onset of the depression. Christy Brothers is the name of that “local” circus. A real interesting fact about it is that when it disbanded, the owner kept his elephants and used them for his road construction business in Pasadena, Texas.
The Galveston Historical Foundation Homes Tour Posters have always been sought by homes tour enthusiasts. GHF’s Homes Tour has been loved by many in Galveston and the Houston area since the early 70s, and each year a local artist has created a poster typically depicting the homes on that year’s tour. We have frames posters, some artist signed and numbered.