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Lost : lost and found pet posters from around the world
Phillips, Ian.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Princeton Architectural Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
approximately 100 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 18 cm
Dog-gone -- Dogs -- Cats -- Birds -- Others.
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NC1764.8.A54 P49 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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One of the first impulses of an owner who's lost a pet is to canvas the neighborhood with quickly made posters. And even if we haven't seen the wanderer in question, many of us stop to read these notices, which are often charming combinations of heartfelt pleas, humor, and handmade art.For the last decade, Ian Phillips has collected lost pet posters from around world. In Lost, Phillips selects from his vast collection those posters notable for their cleverness, humor, sorrow, entreaties, rewards, and-in several instances-sheer outlandishness ("Lost Lost Lost: one brown and white 'mottled' street duck. Does not answer to the name of Neither Norman"). For designers, artists, or anyone who wants to tap into the human and creative side of our everyday lives under stress, Lost is a book that tells a story on every page.As a collection, the posters represent an authentic folk art that expresses a commonality between the readers and the makers from the United States to China. For petowners everywhere, and for anyone who has very stopped to read a lost pet poster, Lost is a heart-warming tribute.

Author Notes

Ian Phillips is a book and magazine illustrator living in Toronto.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

"LOST LOST LOST. One brown and white `mottled' street duck. Does not answer to the name of Neither Norman." A paean to what is perhaps the most poignant form of street art, Lost: Lost and Found Pet Posters from Around the World gathers mournful pleas for the return of "Porky Pie," "Boo-Boo," "Kwai Chang" and other missing creatures wanted "vivant ou mort." One poster simply reads "Turtle. Find Him." A handful of maudlin crayon drawings by children are mixed in with striking and sometimes witty drawings and collages selected by Toronto-based illustrator Ian Phillips, who collects these posters. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved