Casino de Paris poster: Mistinguett with parrot

Mistinguett (5 April 1875 – 5 January 1956) was a French actress and singer, whose birth name was Jeanne Bourgeois. She was at one time the best-paid female entertainer in the world. She inspired a fashion for long headresses and gowns, which became a staple of French music hall.

Jeanne Bourgeois made her debut as Mistinguett at the Casino de Paris in 1895, and appeared also in shows as the Folies Bergère, Moulin Rouge, and Eldorado.

Bird Zapper!

 Zappity, zap! Let your fingers do the zapping!

Pesky birds have hijacked the power lines! Help Skippy the Squirrel by zapping the birds when they are lined up, down or all around, just by swiping them with your finger! The more birds' zapped, the higher the score – and look out for special action birds! Freeze 'em, Tap 'em, Slide 'em, and Zap 'em! Three modes of play include Survival, Blitz, and Zen Mode! This simple and addictive game will leave you electro-CUTED!
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Parrots inside French Magazine

La Vie Parisienne Magazine Cover - May 6, 1922

La Vie Parisienne Magazine Cover - April 16, 1921

La Vie Parisienne Magazine Plate, ''Fleurs et plumes'', 1922
Artist: Chéri Hérouard

La Vie Parisienne Magazine Plate, 1921
Artist: Henry Gerbault

La Vie Parisienne Magazine Plate, "Le Message de L'Oncle Sam", 1918
Artist: Henry Gerbault

La Vie Parisienne Magazine Plate, "La Volière Parisienne", 1918
Artist: Miarko

La Vie Parisienne Magazine Plate, "Les Perroquets" 1913
Artist: Jacques Nam

La Vie Parisienne Magazine Plate, ''Tout le monde soldat'', 1916
Artist: Georges Léonnec

La Vie Parisienne Magazine Plate, ''Le remplacant'', 1916
Artist: Edouard Touraine

La Vie Parisienne was a magazine in France founded in 1863 and popular at the turn-of-the-twentieth century. It was originally intended as a guide to upper class and artistic life in Paris , but it soon evolved into a mildly risqué erotic publication.
La Vie Parisienne was hugely successful because it combined a new mix of subjects - short stories, veiled gossip and fashion banter, also comments about subjects from love and the arts to the stock exchange - with beautiful cartoons and illustrations by leading artists of the age. Alongside this La Vie also reflected the changing interests and values of the turn of the century population such as fashion and frivolity.
The artwork of La Vie Parisienne reflected the stylization of Art Deco illustration, mirroring the aesthetic of the age as well as the values, and this coupled with the intellectualism, wit and satire of its written contributions was a combination that proved irresistible to the French public.

Le Rire Magazine Cover, 1907
Artist: F. Bac
 "Le Rire", meaning "to laugh," was the most successful of all the "Journal Humoristique," published in France during the "Belle Epoque" (The last years of the 19th century). Published as an illustrated satirical weekly, from October 1894 to well into the 1950's. It was founded in Paris by Felix Juven in 1894. At the time corruption and incompetence ran rampant in the politics of the French government. There was anti-republican unrest directed on the infamous Dreyfus affair. It was also the gay nineties, a time of crowded cabarets and cafes flowing with the likes of Yvette Guibert and Polaire, to entertain the restless generation of the new found industrial age. A perfect time to poke fun at the political and social issues of the day.
It was the superb full colour drawings of the front and back covers and the centre spread, which made "Le Rire" outstanding. Printed as a small newspaper, black and white text and advertising appears on the reverse of each colour drawing. The great artists that flourished in Paris at the time were lined up to display their talents in "Le Rire" to an anxious public. It's most famous and important contributor was Toulouse-Lautrec.
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Old Chinese Advertisement for Cigarettes: Lady with Cockatoo

On the matchbox labels are old Chinese advertisements for Cigarettes in early 20th century.
The early twentieth century was a period with tremendous economic, political and social changes for China. Two of the changes were the popularity of gender equality and the increased trade with the West.

On the labels are pretty Chinese girls, some are even half-naked in various poses. The influence of the west on these designs is obvious: the women's short cropped hairstyles and brassy makeup were an obvious nod to the Hollywood styles of the time, and their heavily rouged cheeks and cherry red lips evoke images of the lusty, exciting Shanghai of that era. Some elements of the poster art, though, were adjusted to cater to the local audience. The ladies were very often portrayed wearing a traditional Chinese silken gown, or qipao, with a high collar.They were also shown in vivacious scenes, sometimes with a child or engaging in an outdoor activity that suggested a sense of the emerging modern middle class in China from that period. Usually, though, the women in the pictures were unrelated to the products they were selling.


Total Number of Matchbox Labels: 60

Poster by Shi Qing for the Wuhu Jing Lun Silk Company Inc.

This poster was most likely published in Shanghai. Cigarette companies during the 1920s-1930s often used Chinese women dressed in Western attire to promote their products to the local market.