Volunteer Docent for Vintage: Wine, Beer, and Spirits Labels


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Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:00 AM - Sun Apr 16, 2017 05:00 PM


678 Mission StreetSan Francisco, CA 94105

Wine and Whiskey Labels, 1930s Lehmann Printing and Lithographing Company, San Francisco Kemble Collections on Western Printing and Publishing California Historical Society


Vintage: Wine, Beer, and Spirits Labels from the Kemble Collections on Western Printing and Publishing

This exhibition explores CHS's exquisite collection of vintage wine, beer, and spirits labels produced by the now-forgotten Lehmann Printing and Lithographing Company of San Francisco. Designed during the terrible privation and unrest of the Great Depression, Lehmann's labels graced hundreds of thousands of bottles of mass-manufactured, highly alcoholic wines and liquors, invoking deliciously unrealistic fantasies of peace, plenty, and the high-class life. Marrying design with consumer ideology, the Lehmann oeuvre represents a forgotten high point of American commercial art. The exhibition features hundreds of colorfully illustrated labels, ephemera, and stock label catalogue books from Lehmann Printing.


  • History
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Exhibition Arts
  • Research
  • Teaching / Instruction

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum is six hours a/mth, mostly weekends/nights
  • Interest in California Historical Society
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