Saturday, August 11, 2012

Nap Plaques

NAP Plaques was a fun, late 60's, 6 x 9 cardboard novelty sign item for use in your home or office. Online research reveals that ace artist Vic Cantone and North American Publishing Corp produced a huge, various assortment of them back in the day, (all cheeky middle fingers aimed at the "the man", "the establishment" etc.) Here are 9 examples I found at an antique mall last week. To see more just Google "Nap Plaques", and also check ebay-- where of course prices seem crazily steep-- I only paid $1 each for these, while some are priced at $35 a pop?!










4 comments:

Mr. Cavin said...

The art is awesome, but the colors here are fantastic. Were they screen printed? On paper or on board? It's really excellent work.

Karswell said...

Thick 'n slick glossy cardboard, they have little fold-out stands on the back too! I saw a few online that I would love to get, like this one:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1968-Hubert-Humphrey-NAP-plaque-Cantone-cartoon-/140804110556?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20c89438dc

Brother Bill said...

Hmmm.. what IS up with that "Socrates Eats Hemlock" expression anyway? It appears in the 1969 Peter Sellers film "The Party" (the rowdy with-it teens paint it on an elephant mascot stolen from a rival school)

Karswell said...

>what IS up with that "Socrates Eats Hemlock" expression anyway?

No clue... anyone out there know?