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The Museum of Vintage Commercial and Advertising Art
 
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VintaScope is a portmanteau of the words Vintage and Scope. As the purpose of a portmanteau is not only to combine words but also their meanings, this combination seemed appropriate as the definition of each word is definitely applicable towards the purpose and content of this site:
Vintage
-representing the high quality of a past time: vintage cars; vintage movies.
-old-fashioned or obsolete: vintage jokes.
-being the best of its kind.


Scope
-extent or range of view, outlook, application, operation, effectiveness, etc.: an investigation of wide scope.
-space for movement or activity; opportunity for operation: to give one's fancy full scope.
-extent in space; a tract or area.
-length: a scope of cable.
-aim or purpose.
-to look at, read, or investigate, as in order to evaluate or appreciate.
The mission of this site is to provide a high quality view to often overlooked art from the past via a virtual art museum with a focus on commercial art from the 19th to mid 20th century. With the accelerated development of cheaper and better quality printing processes during this timeframe, inexpensive print media came within the reach of the masses. Talented artists and printers pushed the envelope in different printing processes such as lithography and developed ever-improving techniques. Distinct styles emerged, which popularized different print media such as posters, post cards, trade cards, product labels, magazines, etc. and in some cases they helped inspire entire art movements.