Buy Classic Movie Posters for Less on the Internet

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Posters began as an early form of advertising that were designed to catch the eyes of passersby on the streets. They were quite plain and pedestrian until the printing industry perfected the process of color lithography in 1870, which made mass production possible. Since that time, posters have been used for propaganda, protest, and marketing purposes.
As their popularity grew, the craft attracted artists at every level, from commercial and theatrical designers to serious painters like Toulouse-Lautrec. His posters were displayed in public places and often advertised scandalous establishments, such as the Moulin Rouge Cabaret in Paris. More than any other early poster designer, Toulouse-Lautrec helped the new art form gain widespread acceptance.
Where are we now?
The history of posters in the United States is not nearly as glamorous or artistic as it was in Europe. Poster art transformed certain Parisian streets into outdoor art galleries in the late 19th century. On the other side of the Atlantic, American printers and designers used posters to deliver commercial messages. More colorful and artistic prints were occasionally used to advertise a carnival or a circus.

One area where American designers actually had an edge over their European peers was in film or movie posters. Thousands of motion pictures were issued by the major studios during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Because there was no television at the time, the studios needed an effective way to advertise these films, and movie posters were the answer. Relatively cheap to design and mass produce, classic movie posters were created for most big films.
Few would have guessed the collecting of these classic movie posters would become a popular global hobby. According the poster experts (yes, there are such people), the highest price ever paid for a rare print was $690,000 for a poster of the 1927 film Metropolis! Of course, most poster lovers cannot afford such rare and sought-after prints. Reproductions and fine-art prints of original classic movie posters are available for a fraction of the price.
Where to find them?
If you live in a city, odds are there’s a poster store somewhere in the downtown area. But if you reside in a small town or suburb, it is highly unlikely. Probably the cheapest and most convenient place to buy classic movie posters is from an online seller. As it has in countless other industries, the internet has made selling wall art far more affordable. Because these sellers do not to pay for things like rent, large, staffs, or utilities, i.e., overhead, they can pass these saving along to their customers. Most online sellers offer fine-art prints and regular movie posters.

What’s the difference?
Generally speaking, a fine-art print is produced using better materials and a more intricate printing process, such as serigraphic or lithographic printing. They are typically printed on high grade paper, often archival acid free paper. By comparison, the typical movie poster is produced using lower quality inks and a high gloss stock of paper that is much thinner and less durable than the paper that is used to make fine-art prints.
Because they use better materials and more involved printing methods, fine-art posters are slightly more expensive than mass produced wall art. When shopping online, these posters should be clearly labeled.
Poster.com has an inventory of over 300,000 posters and fine-art prints. They offer custom framing for all of the movie posters in their extensive catalogue. Their slightly more expensive fine-art prints are also suitable for framing. They are produced using either lithographic or serigraphic printing and are printed on high-quality archival paper. All of the items that are offered for sale on poster.com are clearly marked as either “wall posters” or “fine-art prints.”

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