The Gallery contains images of Rizla artwork - some old, some fairly
recent. There are far more in circulation than those below so if
anyone has copies of others which I can include - please e-mail me.
THE LA CROIX COLLECTION (1890-1925)
Click on the thumbnails for closer view
La Grande Guerre
de la Chasse
Un peu de sympathie
Although Citizen La Croix was
granted a license to manufacture paper. in April 1796, his family had been
involved with paper making in France the 1660's. With the flood of
paperwork created by post revolutionary France, in addition to the Angouleme
factory, the La Croix family established itself at the foot of the Pyrenees
so as to take up its position in the fine quality paper markets of Europe.
During the mid nineteenth century
the company started to produce its now renowned poster/calendar collection
to promote the quality of its fine paper.
Commissioning leading commercial
artists of the time and giving them carte blanche on subject matter, they
were to produce with the quality reproduction Houses, of France, some of
the finest examples of poster graphics.
After the second world war,
a fire burnt to the ground the French factory and records, proofs and examples
of nearly one hundred years of poster history were lost.
To the delight, of the UK branch
of the company (the Rizla company of South Wales), the existence of sixteen
printer proofs of various subjects from the collection surfaced in an auction
room in York, England in 1986