Cover art for Automobilia, July 1922.
The car is a Peugeot 15 HP.
René Vincent (1879-1936) was trained as an architect, but had a successful career as an illustrator during the first third of the 20th century in France. He contributed editorial art to the likes of La Vie parisienne and L'Illustration and did a considerable amount of advertising illustration, especially for automobile companies.
There’s always a fascination about old streetscapes, but these appeal in particular because they feature some of Hamburg’s painted advertising from the very early 1920s.
I’ve taken them from the July/August 1921 edition of Das Plakat, a brilliant German journal of the advertising arts. I think there may have been a bit of retouching of the original images to highlight some of the lettering, but the shots still give a feel for the extent and impact of the street advertising of the era.
I wonder if any of these survive as ghostsigns? Unlikely, given what happened to the city in WW2.