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Brief History of Movie Posters:

Original Vintage Movie Posters are in a league of their own. Contemporary unlike Old movie posters have lost their uniqueness and beauty of the hand-painted vintage movie posters artwork and photography of the early days. Today most film posters are computer generated. Moreover, theatres today only display the 27"x41" one sheet movie poster. Gone are the days of the lobby cards, window cards, half sheets and inserts. As a result, these extinct Hollywood treasures are highly collectible and valuable. Serious collectors are willing to pay six figures to acquire the most highly sought after vintage movie posters. For example Horror movie posters often sell for up to high six figures.  A movie poster auction house just sold a 1935 "Bride of Frankenstein" one sheet for nearly $400.000. 

Original vintage movie posters and movie memorabilia were never meant to be collectibles in the old days. They were only to be loaned to theatre owners and then returned thereafter.  Vintage movie posters even have a studio notation on the bottom stating “Property of National Screen Service Licensed for Display Purposed Only, Must Be Returned”.   Before the monopolization of the movie theatre industry, move posters were used throughout the community to promote upcoming films. The barber shop, drug store and local hardware store as displayed movie poster inserts and window cards.  

Over the years original vintage movie posters have been produced in various shapes and sizes.  Before the 1980’s and the demise of the small town movie theatres (as a result of the monopolization of the industry by companies like Showcase cinemas) also meant the extinction of all the breath-taking movie posters such as the lobby cards, window cards, insert, half sheets and the traffic-stopping 3, 6 and 24 sheets. The primary movie poster that survives today is the standard one sheet.  Below is a glossary of the most popular vintage movie posters that once played a major role in the promotion and exhilarating anticipation of upcoming movie events.

Lobby Card Movie Posters:

Lobby cards were used in U.S. theaters and are rarely produced for today’s films. These small movie posters (11”x14 printed on card stock) were generally produced in sets of eight, although the number of lobby cards in a set can vary from as few as four to as many as 16.

These mini movie posters were designed for display in a theater’s lobby for the purpose of luring movie goers into the theater by showing highlights from the movie. A lobby card set entailed one Title Card (TC), a lobby card of usually designed similar to the one sheet with credits and feature/close-up artwork of the major stars, and seven Scene Cards (SC), each depicting a different scene from the movie.

Lobby Card movie posters appeared during the early 1900’s during the Charlie Chaplin era.

Certain lobby cards have acquired an almost Holy Grail status among collectors. Prime examples include the “Witch” scene from the 1949 re-release of the Wizard of Oz and the lobby card featuring the dust cropper scene in “North by Northwest”. Because these single cards so effectively capture the essence of the movie, their value can often be completely out of proportion with that of any other movie poster memorabilia from the film.

Window Card and Insert Movie Posters:

Highly collectible vintage movie posters today also include Widow Cards (14x22”) and Inserts (14x36”). These movie poster styles were primarily used to promote the movie in local businesses, such as the drug store and local barber shop. As with lobby cads these movie posters are often very desirable due to their superior vintage graphics and artwork.  Modern day posters generated by computer have lost their artistic value as compared to the vintage movie posters created by highly skilled artists.  

Most Popular Movie Posters: 

Horror movie posters from the 1930s and 40s continue to be in very high demand. We are currently seeking any horror titles from 1930 to 1955. 

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Quick Links to Movie Poster Categories below


Classic Comedy Movie Posters
(Three Stooges, Abbott & Costello, Chaplin, Marx Brothers, more..)

Vintage Horror, Thriller and Sci-Fi Movie Posters
(Hitchcock, Lugosi, Karloff 7 more..)

Academy Award and other Major Classics
James Dean, Wonderful Life, Godfather

Leading Men
(John Wayne, James Stewart, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Alfred Hithcock & MORE) (John Wayne, James Stewart, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Alfred Hithcock & MORE) (John Wayne, James Stewart, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Alfred Hithcock & MORE)

Leading Ladies
(Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Jean Harlow, Lucille Ball & MORE)

Classic Title Cards & Lobby Cards

Classic Television Related Movie Posters
(Batman Collection, Munsters, Dark Shadows & more)

Sport Related Movie Posters

Additional Rare Vintage Posters
Including larger then Life THREE SHEETS and SIX SHEETS

Additional vintage lobby cards

War Related Movie Posters

Other Vintage Movie Memorabilia
(major star collectibles, Jean Harlow, George Reeves and more)