This print comes straight from the pages of Mad Men and is pure Fifties New York. It's from the Macmillan Geography Series (number 108) and is taken from a painting by Norman Howard.
The official title is "Building in Steel, Stone and Concrete" and it depicts the ever-rising skylines in America as the skyscrapers went up and the streets filled with traffic. It forms part of the iconic Macmillan series of classroom prints from the early 1950's.
This is a striking print with it's technicolour type colouring and jaunty strpied parasols - Martini anyone? It will work well in a modern frame.
This print is in excellent condition with no marks or creases to the main area at all. The white edges are clean - no pin holes, and the colours are bright and clear. There are staple marks down one side of the white border - these are from the book that the prints were originally delivered in.
Overall the print measures 54cm x 43cm, the printed area measures 48cm x 38cm.
Norman Howard was a well regarded illustrator in the 1940's and 50's. As well as his work for Macmillan, he also illustrated a number of books including Biggles in the South Seas.