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About Us

La Belle Epoque, Ltd. (Est. 1985) offers one of the largest collections of fine rare Vintage Posters, Antique Advertising Posters & Ephemera. These original vintage artworks can be viewed on our website, or can be seen at La Belle Epoque Vintage Posters, Inc. located at 115a Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014-1915.

 

Gallery Summer Hours – Memorial Day through Labor Day (EST):

  • Tuesday – Friday: 12:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 12:30pm – 5:00pm
  • Sunday – Monday: Closed

Always available by phone, or by appointment. Call us at +1 (212) 362-1770.

Or email us at posters@vintageposters.us.

 

Our Story.

 

Linda Tarasuk and Elie Saporta, the proprietors, are founding members of the International Vintage Poster Dealers Association.

 

Linda, a collector of vintage posters for more than forty-five years turned her passion for collecting, together with her partner, into a thriving business. She graduated from New York University where she majored in art and studied under notable artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Louise Nevelson, and others.

“In 1973, after moving to my current home, I was at an Art & Antique Show (no internet in those days). It was then, when I stumbled upon the booth of a jewelry dealer. The backdrop of the booth was overlaid with 6 large vintage posters. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was looking at, but I was definitely infatuated.
I quickly called my husband who was roaming somewhere through the aisles. When he came over, he was in awe, as I was. We then asked the jewelry dealer – Neil Lane – ‘Are those for sale?’ Neil smiled, and said yes.
Being that it was so difficult to choose which magnificent poster to buy, we bought them all. Perfect for the walls of our new home! That marks the beginning of my lustful journey into the collecting world of Vintage Posters.”

Elie is the past chairman of the authentication and vetting committee of the International Vintage Poster Dealers Association setting the world standards for collecting vintage posters.

“In 1980, after relocating to the New York Metropolitan area, I realized blank white walls were not my style. Linda, my partner at a different business recommended hanging large Vintage posters on my walls. I asked her, ‘how much are they?’ She said promptly, ‘a few hundred dollars each’. 
‘Are you nuts? Posters?’ I replied. ‘Still less expensive than wallpaper!’ she snapped back. ‘But let me show you something.’
Our taxi arrived at MOMA minutes later. 4 floors up, we entered a large room exhibiting some Vintage Posters. I was in awe.
‘These are what I’m talking about, Elie.’ as she points to the walls.
Now I understood. That started my addiction to Original Vintage Posters.
Following that experience, I purchased my first Vintage poster, a 1982 Carnival by Jules Cheret, which I still own to this day.

Today.

In 1985, while partnered in a separate business, Linda needed a change.
‘Something pretty, Elie.’ she said. ‘Something beautiful.’ That same year, we opened La Belle Epoque in Englewood, New Jersey.
Once business started rolling in the late 1980s, we relocated to New York City on the Upper West Side (73rd & Columbus). After more than 20 years on the Upper West Side, we moved downtown to the West Village to our current location. Come say hello, we’ll roast you some espresso and admire some great artwork.

 

 

Here at La Belle Epoque, we love working with the community. We’ve organized several museum exhibitions, and have been interviewed by prestigious newspapers such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, etc.

All of our vintage posters are guaranteed originals. We do not offer reproductions.
We offer only authentic vintage advertising posters made for the original advertisement – Certificate of Authenticity included.

We buy original vintage advertising posters. Please include details and price when contacting us. We do not make offers.

 

We specialize in creative custom conservation framing for all your needs in a great variety of styles.

Our exquisitely crafted frames and painstakingly designed framing solutions result in a powerful, striking statement.

Thank you for visiting our website. We have hand-picked each and every poster to be displayed here to ensure you a wonderful viewing experience.

Lulu & Jolie the co-proprietors, and their older sister Honey (gone but not forgotten) thank you as well.

 

If you’d like to learn more about the History of Posters and their collectability, click here.

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