Carnival dinners in poster ads

Between the end of the 1800s and the first half of the 1900s, cities all over Italy celebrated Carnival with huge dinners (“veglioni”) – to which everyone was invited via billboards.

Many of these events were organized by city associations. In our gallery of posters and billboards, you might notice the work of great illustrators entrusted by the “Famiglia artistica milanese”, founded in Milan in 1873 and still active to this day (there is also another based in Lissone, founded in 1934), Rome’s Dopolavoro dell’Urbe, various GUFs (Gruppi universitari fascisti) and local press associations (such as the ones from Bassano del Grappa and Udine).

Happy Carnival to all!


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