Exhibition Opening

Vintage: Wine, Beer, and Spirits Labels from the Kemble Collections on Western Printing and Publishing



Saturday, December 10, 2016 11:00AM

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<p><em>Vintage: Wine, Beer, and Spirits Labels from the Kemble Collections on Western Printing and Publishing</em></div></p>
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Vintage: Wine, Beer, and Spirits Labels from the Kemble Collections on Western Printing and Publishing explores CHS's exquisite collection of vintage wine, beer, and spirits labels produced by the now-forgotten Lehmann Printing and Lithographing Company of San Francisco. Designed during the terrible privation and unrest of the Great Depression, Lehmann's labels graced hundreds of thousands of bottles of mass-manufactured, highly alcoholic wines and liquors, invoking deliciously unrealistic fantasies of peace, plenty, and the high-class life. Marrying design with consumer ideology, the Lehmann oeuvre represents a forgotten high point of American commercial art. The exhibition features hundreds of colorfully illustrated labels, ephemera, and stock label catalogue books from Lehmann Printing.

Join us for a free exhibition opening event on Saturday, December 10, 2016 with arts activities and interactives, and special crafts for families.

At 3:00PM join special guests for spotlight tours of their favorite labels in the exhibitiion.

At 4:00PM join CHS Staff and volunteers for a celebratory toast.

This event is at California Historical Society's Headquarters at 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, 94105.

Know before you go!

  • Dress Code: Casual to Business Casual
  • Vibe: Casual, relaxed, conversational.
  • How to get here: We are very close to Montgomery Bart, the 14 Bus, and the Transbay Terminal at Howard and Main Street