Since 1978, Perry Giguere (aka 'Perry the Poster Man') has made a business out of putting up promotional posters all over Vancouver, always holding on to an extra copy or two at the end of a job. The result is a comprehensive archives of nearly 250,000 posters documenting cultural, social and political activities in Vancouver over the past four decades.
Advertising events and causes from the grassroots level up to more established organizations and cultural groups, the posters range from rather crude DIY pieces to the smooth and glossy. In addition to their informational value, many of the posters have value as artistic works, capturing the aesthetic trends of the time, and the work of Vancouver artists such as Joe Average and Jim Cummins. Thanks to Giguere, these may be the only surviving copies of many of these ephemeral works, the rest being damaged by the elements or tossed in the waste bin or recycling once an event was over.
Special Collections and Rare Books recently acquired approximately 1,000 posters from Giguere's collection relating to its main collecting areas, including:
- Activism and protests
- First Nations
- Labour movement
- LGBTQ community
Dating from the early 1980s up to the present, the posters may be viewed in person in Special Collections and Rare Books.