JOB (rolling papers)
In 1838, a French craftsman named Jean Bardou came up with the idea for a booklet of rolling papers made of thin, pure rice paper. The booklets were a success and Bardou's trademark, the initials "JB" separated by a diamond, became such a common sight that people began referring to them as JOB, thus the brand-name was born. By 1849 he filed for a patent for "Papier JOB".
In the late 1890s, the company hired art nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha, as well as many other artists, to design advertising posters for the brand. Mucha drew a sinuous long-haired goddess holding a rolled cigarette. The image was inspired by Michelangelo's Sibyls from the Sistine Chapel. The poster image was so popular that it was sold as a lithograph.
In 2008, the company commissioned Stuckist artist, Paul Harvey to create a campaign series of posters with a stylistic reference to Alphonse Mucha. Harvey made works featuring famous double acts to emphasise the sales message of "The Original Double", a reference to the twin-size packets of papers made by Job. Harvey's enthusiasm for the project came about because "Mucha is one of his heroes", said Mark Ross, the director of Glorious Creative agency managing the campaign. The work created some controversy: Gilbert and George gave their endorsement to the images, but The Mighty Boosh and The White Stripes were not pleased to be featured. Famous Doubles, a show of the original paintings used for the posters, was promoted at the Wanted Gallery in Notting Hill by Fraser Kee Scott, director of the A Gallery.
The trademarks 1.0, 1.25, 1.5 and 2.0 are property of DRL Enterprises, Inc.
- (French) Les très riches heures du papier à rouler: regards sur une collection - Musée du papier d'Angoulême
- (French) JOB History - Sept Deniers
- (French) JOB Posters - Sept Deniers
- Renate Ulmer, Alfons Mucha, Taschen: 2002, pp. 38–40
- Fahy, Michael. "Zig Zag has a new paper round", Crain's Manchester Business, 16 June 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
- "Famous doubles", 3:AM Magazine, 19 October 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
- The Wanted Gallery has since been renamed GG Gallery
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