New West by Wolfgang Wagener and Leslie Erganian

Photo courtesy of Hirmer Publishers/The University of Chicago Press

Photo courtesy of Hirmer Publishers/The University of Chicago Press

The mid-century linen postcard makes for a new book, cut from a different cloth.

Written by Jenn Thornton

As comfortable as he was in the boots of the quintessential American cowboy, John Wayne was a son of Hollywood who also enjoyed the finer things in life: a yacht, a home in Newport Beach. In this way he represented the contemporary westerner, one settled in the city with a heart in the wild. The book New West explores this intersection−and innovations rooted in Western soil−through the mid-century linen postcard, an art form known for its saturated color and textured finish. Through a collection of these postcards, New West  illustrates the vibrant, and thoughtfully explored terrain of John Wayne’s onscreen world.

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