At a flea market on my recent trip to Beijing, I came across a surly gentleman with a big stack of old educational posters he claimed were from the 1950s. Some were pretty gross (I've saved the sea creature anatomy poster for after the jump), but others were beautiful, especially for a lover of scientific curiosities. I walked away with a portrait of the solar system in cartoonishly bold colors. While it's certainly fun to have found these with Chinese lettering, old classroom posters can often be found in local flea markets as well, and they're a fun way to decorate a casual space or a child's room...
Told you—pretty gross. This one's not exactly the type of thing I'd want to admire on my wall day after day. Maybe it could work in a beach cottage...? Nah. In any case, posters like this are available in many more palatable designs, like botanical diagrams, maps, and evolutionary charts.
A quick search on ebay for "vintage educational poster" yielded a pretty good selection, including this kind of mod cross-section of the moon. We've seen posters like this before at the Alemany flea market, too. Anyone have another good source for these?
Check out Tammy's post on ohdeedoh for more vintage educational poster info.
(Images: Susie Nadler)