The Penrose Annual, ran from 1895 to 1982. It was a London based yearly review of the graphic arts.
While the Graphis Annual is more or less a book full of reproductions, This copy of Penrose from 1956 (it's 60th jubilee publication) is quite articles heavy; covering trends in graphic arts, articles about graphic/typographic history and various technical articles. The second half is exclusively content from advertisers - print, type & paper samples.
The graphics below are all from an article about the Post Office (GPO), or Royal Mail as it's known as today.
|Poster by M.Reiss (1955)|
|Poster by P.H.Huveneers (1954)|
|Poser by Tom Eckersley|
|Van Strip by Barbosa|
|Small poster by James Fitton|
|Small poster by Kenneth Farnhill|
|Small poster by Leonard Beaumont|
|Small poster by F.H.K Henrion|
|Poster by Leonard Beaumont|
Text & photos © 2011 Gary Andrew Clarke
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