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Original Victoria Falls Poster c1951 by Fred Seibel Visit Southern Africa by Farrell Lines

Victoria Falls - Farrell Lines

Fred Siebel
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28" x 43.25" - 71cm x 110cm

With its dark tones and rainbow, this poster most likely features the rarely seen phenomenon called "moonbow", a rainbow seen at night, which is a signature scene at Victoria Falls, in southern Africa. This poster achieved a great balance between dark tones and bright colors. While the mountain on the left is hidden in the shadow, the silver waterfall and colorful rainbows light up the native people walking at the bottom.

The waterfall sits on the Zambezi River and is on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Although it is not the highest or widest waterfall, it is the world’s largest waterfall based on its combined width, 5604 feet, and height, 354 feet. It was named in honor of Queen Victoria of Britain when discovered by the Scottish missionary and explorer, David Livingstone. In local Lozi language, it is called Mosi-oa-Tunya, "the Smoke That Thunders." It also has older names as Seongo or Chongwe, which means the "Place of Rainbow". This is because, due to its constant spray, rainbows are commonly seen at Victoria Falls. At the nights of full moon, one can also see the magic like phenomenon "moonbow."

Farrell Lines Incorporated was founded in 1948 by sons of James Augustine Farrell, the president of US Steel. It was previously known as American South African Lines (ASAL) as it provide regular passenger and cargo lines between New York and South Africa stopping at Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, and Lourenço Marques (Maputo) in Mozambique. The passenger lines were well-equipped and nicely furnished with the capacity of approximately 180 passengers. This poster is an advertising poster by Farrell Lines to attract customers to book a trip to southern Africa.

Frederick Seibel (1886 - 1969) was born in New York and began his career as a cartoonist for Knickerbocker Press in Albany, New York. Seibel moved to Virginia in 1926 to become an editorial cartoonist for Richmond Times-Dispatch and didn’t start working until six months before he passed away. During his over 30 year career there, Seibel completed over 16,000 cartoons. His works were shown in several exhibitions at Metropolitan Museum Of New York, Art Institute of Chicago and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

This is an Original Vintage Poster. It is not a reproduction. This poster is conservation mounted, linen backed and in excellent condition. We guarantee the authenticity of all of our posters.

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