Viggo Vagnby

4.9.1896 – 20.9.1966

Viggo Vagnby served an apprenticeship as a painter in Aarhus, and at the beginning of the 1920s he travelled to France to perfect his skills as a draughtsman. He later set up his own drawing office in Aalborg, and worked as an advertising draughtsman and exhibition architect. As a poster designer, Viggo Vagnby was especially known for his tourist posters. In simplified form, and often with a twinkle in his eye, he would highlight a characteristic element of a region or a town.

His most famous poster, which is probably one of the most iconic of all Danish posters, is entitled Wonderful Copenhagen, and shows a policeman holding back the traffic for a mother duck and a line of ducklings. There are two versions of the poster, dated from 1953 and 1957.