A. Randall Vinitsky Papers

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3.75 linear feet (1 MB, 3 OS)

A. Randall Vinitsky was an advertising artist active from the 1920s to 1950s. He began his career in Detroit at the Franklin Press, but moved on to Oklahoma City in 1920 to work for the Southwestern Advertising Company. He also owned his own company, Vinitsky Art Studio, and was known for creating movie displays at the Criterion and Capitol Theaters. In Oklahoma he belonged to the Oklahoma City Advertising Club, where he headed The Problem Pirates and the Gridiron Committee. In 1925 he moved back to Detroit, first working at Meinzinger Studios and then for Chrysler Corporation where he produced artwork for promotions from the 1930s to 1950s.

The A. Randall Vinitsky collection includes correspondence, newsletters, flyers and articles from Vinitsky’s membership in the Oklahoma City Advertising Club, and samples of his work in advertising and also movie posters and promotions in Oklahoma City from the 1920s. It also includes sales promotions, pamphlets, and ads for Chrysler from the 1930s to 1950s. Of particular note are the war production and war bond propaganda posters he created in the 1940s for use in Chrysler factories. Produced for the Labor-Management Committee and directed at war plant workers, the collection contains black-and-white reproductions and preliminary sketches of the original silk-screened color posters.

1921-1956, bulk 1924-39
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