Inside Largest Poster Museum in the World

Philip Williams Posters down in Tribeca offers thousands of posters, large and small on war propaganda, civil rights, whiskey, and films.

My most cherished discoveries happen in the places I have passed a million times, distracted with thoughts and with no intention of learning anything new. When they happen, and they do, every so often, I’m the happiest man. This is how I bumped into Philip Williams Posters down in Tribeca, unwarned and immediately stunned. Amid thousands of posters, large and small on war propaganda, civil rights, whiskey, and films I see immense historical significance, or as Mr. Williams puts it “art in a time capsule”. There’s material for years of design research on typography, illustration styles, color palettes, and printing. It’s also a crash course in communication design, for posters are the ultimate embodiment of clarity and brevity, a decisive piece of inspiration and social change. I stopped by for a short tour and chat with the founder.

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Founder Philip Williams has been in poster business for 45 years
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Archives of Life magazine
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Posters are stored and shipped in tubes
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A poster for The National Theatre of the Deaf

IMG_7360Posters from Germany, France, and Poland

IMG_9146The restoration and mounting studio is downstairs

IMG_9151All posters are mounted on canvas before they are ready for shipping

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IMG_9160Some posters are restored at the studio

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IMG_9172A poster for Taittinger champagne

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Philip Williams Posters
Open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed on Sundays
122 Chambers St., Manhattan
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