This lovely original stone lithograph advertises a British theatre production, probably a pantomime, of the story of Mother Goose and the goose that laid the golden egg. A pantomime, in the British tradition, is a theatre production designed for family entertainment that typically includes songs, dances, jokes and audience participation. With children as its intended audience, a pantomime is typically based on a well-known fairy tale.
The bright colors in this charming art deco poster from the 1930s first grab your attention. Then you notice the wonderful details: how rich and deep the colors actually are; how the color gradations give depth and form to the art; how texture is created through the printing process; and how each character is uniquely drawn.
We all know the story of Mother Goose, her son Jack and the goose that laid the golden egg, as it has been told over and over for generations. So we can delight in the expressions of joy, wonder and excitement on their faces (including the goose's) as they view the beautiful, glowing golden egg. The (anonymous) poster designer perfectly captured this magical fairy tale moment.
This large show poster from England was printed by Taylors Printers of Wombwell, one of the leading printers of theatre industry advertising posters in the UK in the 1930s.
With its bold colors and classic story, this poster would be the perfect addition to a child's bedroom or playroom.