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Bloomsday posters on display at Downtown Library
Bloomsday posters on display at Downtown Library

From the very first Bloomsday poster that promised a Run with the Stars, to the more recent Hidden Runner posters, all 30 years of Bloomsday are on display at the Downtown Library.

The exhibit, on the third floor, highlights the entire span of Bloomsday, and features a variety of art and photography styles and artists. The posters have come a long way from the first poster, which advertised the race in all purple with a runner carrying a lilac bloom to the series that captured Bloomsday landmarks in the style of vintage travel posters.

In 2011, Steve Merryman of Sigma, the company that produces most of the Bloomsday ads and print materials, began designing the HIdden Runner posters. All of the posters show the streets filled with Bloomies, but if you look closely all the racers make up the image of a single runner.

The Bloomsday posters have gone on display every year at the Downtown Library since 2007. However, it took a few years to complete the collection. A visitor to the library happened to have one of the missing posters from Bloomsday’s early years and donated it to the library’s collection.

The Bloomsday posters will be on display throughout April and May. 

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