I was introduced to the fantastic scraperboard artwork of the late Joseph Mendes by his son, Edward, since when I’ve become a big fan. Part of the appeal of Joseph’s work, for me, is that it’s so redolent of the age when it was created. This is the nature of advertising – it gives us a snapshot of the times that is as important as any historical document.
Edward has put together a website detailing Joseph’s life and work, and it’s really worth a look. Here’s a link: http://joseph-mendes.webs.com/