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International Poster Gallery

Herbert Leupin, Bata - Rock And Roll, 1961

If you’re in Boston this weekend, or anytime for that matter, I encourage you to check out the
International Poster Gallery located at 205 Newbury Street.

Donald Brun, Zwicky Naaizjde (sidewalk), 1950

The gallery has an amazing array of posters from around the globe. The extensive collection, over 10,000 pieces at the gallery, covers areas from film, travel, food and beverage, war and propoganda, vintage sports, auto and cycle posters and music, to name a few.

Adolfo Hohenstein, Monte Carlo (from Ricordi portfolio), 1914 ca.

The posters here are just a tiny fraction of the fun things you may find when you visit. If they don’t have a poster you’d like to own, owner Jim Lapides will find it for you. What’s great is that their pieces are priced from $100 all the way on up. I’ve always loved poster art and to see some of the work at the gallery is just break taking. I’m like a kid in a candy store, don’t let me go in with any money or credit cards!

Plinio Nomellini, Oli Sasso (from Ricordi portfolio), 1914 ca.

Ralph Schraivogel, International Jazz Festival, 1989

P Mormerat, Cinzano Vermouth, 1961

David Klein, Washington - TWA jets, 1958 ca

Green Line Tiles

The other day I was pleasantly surprised when I entered the Kenmore Square MBTA Station. The station has been under construction for what seems like forever to make it ADA accessible. I believe that work was supposed to be completed in November 2007...but it's still going on. I hadn't been through the station in awhile and things are, finally, really coming along. I was most surprised and happy about the new green tile along the walls:

The colors are so vibrant and fun. I love the face lift the station is getting and look forward to when it's finally done. I even made my own little color montage:

The redesign is being done by urban designer
DiMella Shaffer (check out their website if you have a chance, it's pretty flashy):

From their site: "DiMella Shaffer's soaring steel and glass canopy of the new Kenmore Station bus terminal creates a beautiful juxtaposition to the ornate, more traditional facades along Commonwealth Avenue and allows a view across the square for the first time since the 1970s."

I love all of the beautification projects that have been going on in various T stations and along Commonwealth Avenue. Before, the greenery sort of stopped around the Massachusetts Avenue area, now it's extending all the way down past the BU Bridge. It makes my walks to work much, much more enjoyable and scenic. Kudos to the city, the MBTA, BU and all the other organizations that are making these improvements possible. Finally people are seeing the err of their big roads and concrete ways.