From the beginning of cinema, film posters were loaned to theatres to promote a film, then returned to the film exchange or sent to the next theatre on the distribution circuit. If the harshness of the 1920s and 1930s kept movie posters out of the hands of the general public, the paper shortage of the war years also helped to keep movie memorabilia out of general circulation; so it is no surprise that film posters from the years of 1930 to 1945 are quite scarce. It is said that fewer than 20 copies of movie posters exist from most films made between 1930 and 1945. As the years went by more and more theatre owners did not bother to return the posters and they remained in theatre exchanges and warehouses. Over the years many of these collections have been bought by dealers and collectors resulting in a huge market for vintage movie posters. However, the majority of these posters were printed on inexpensive paper and were never intended to be collectable items. Continue reading “Vintage Movie Posters”
The first film was created by Louis Le Prince in 1888. It was a two second film of people walking around in a garden and was called ‘Roundhay Garden Scene’. The first silent films were short, usually only a few minutes in length. 1929, when the means of recording sound and movement at the same time was discovered, silent films became obsolete, with the exception of Charlie Chaplin whose character of the Tramp was compatible with silent medium. When the silent era ended he refused to go along with sound; instead he maintained the melodramatic Tramp as his mainstay in ‘City Lights’ (1931) and ‘Modern Times’ (1936).