Lost: Lost and Found Pet Posters from Around the World

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Despite all the visual distractions of the digital age, one low-tech form of mass communication remains as popular as ever: the lost pet poster. Stapled to telephone poles and bulletin boards in cities and suburbs worldwide, these often hastily made signs are quirky combinations of hand-drawn illustration, emotional longing, and surprisingly offbeat humor. For more than a decade, artist and animal lover Ian Phillips collected lost and found pet posters from around the world.

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Overview

Despite all the visual distractions of the digital age, one low-tech form of mass communication remains as popular as ever: the lost pet poster. Stapled to telephone poles and bulletin boards in cities and suburbs worldwide, these often hastily made signs are quirky combinations of hand-drawn illustration, emotional longing, and surprisingly offbeat humor. For more than a decade, artist and animal lover Ian Phillips collected lost and found pet posters from around the world.

LOST features the most notable selections from Phillips's collection chosen for their cleverness, humor, sorrow, entreaties, rewards, and—in several instances—sheer outlandishness. Featuring a veritable Noah's ark of animals—from everyday pets such as dog, cats, hamsters, and turtles to more unusual companions, including ferrets, parrots, cows, and cockatiels—these remarkable posters are their own form of folk art. Telling tales of friendship, loss, and hope, they are a powerful testament to the love and devotion shared by pet owners everywhere.

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"LOST LOST LOST. One brown and white `mottled' street duck. Does not answer to the name of Neither Norman." A paean to what is perhaps the most poignant form of street art, Lost: Lost and Found Pet Posters from Around the World gathers mournful pleas for the return of "Porky Pie," "Boo-Boo," "Kwai Chang" and other missing creatures wanted "vivant ou mort." One poster simply reads "Turtle. Find Him." A handful of maudlin crayon drawings by children are mixed in with striking and sometimes witty drawings and collages selected by Toronto-based illustrator Ian Phillips, who collects these posters. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616893965
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 3/10/2015
  • Edition number: 15
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 691,014
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Phillips is a book and magazine illustrator living in Toronto. He put up ten copies for each lost pet poster he added to his collection.

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