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   Condition Guidelines
   Poster Sizes (American)
   Poster Sizes (International)


Please Note: All posters are originals and were issued for the original theatrical release of the film, unless otherwise noted. All posters listed as folded have been previously unfolded and preserved in mylar sleeves against acid-free board. In certain cases, they will be rolled and tubed for shipment. We do not sell reproductions or fakes and guarantee that the item purchased is an original movie poster for which we will also provide a Certificate of Authenticity, upon request. We are a member of the Learn About Movie Posters Approved Dealer Association (LAMP) and BBB Accredited Business and Online Reliability Programs (BBB).


CONDITION GUIDELINES

Mint: A clean poster that may show the slightest signs of wear due to storage, but was otherwise never used with no defects whatsoever, including holes or tears.

Near Mint: A clean poster with bright, fresh color that may have the slightest of wear, but was generally unused, or used once and then carefully preserved thereafter. Acceptable signs of wear may include fold creases with slight fold wear, compression marks (from theater use), and/or fine pin holes. No significant holes and no paper loss.

Very Fine: A nicely preserved poster with bright color, though showing general signs of use. Acceptable signs of minimal wear may include minor fold separation (with slight color/paper loss), compression marks (from theater use) and creasing, minor tears along edges, and/or fine pin holes.

Fine: A poster with fresh color, still nicely preserved, but with general signs of use, comprising a greater accumulation of the flaws acceptable in higher classifications. Such signs may include tears at folds with some paper loss, tears at edges, creasing, fading, writing, compression marks, and/or pin holes.

Very Good: A poster with still fresh color but obvious signs of use and wear, including tears, paper loss, minor holes, hazing or foxing, writing, light creasing and/or staining.

Good: A poster with faded color showing significant signs of use, including tears and paper loss, brittle paper, tape, creasing, writing, hazing/foxing, and/or staining of image area. Could probably use restoration.

Poor: A poster that is damaged and/or worn, including any or all of the flaws described in higher classifications, and in need of restoration.

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POSTER SIZES (AMERICAN)

One Sheet: (27" x 41") or (27" x 40") This size is most common and recognizable as the standard American movie poster. It is also the most popular and collectible movie poster size. Printed on thin paper stock, these posters have been displayed in theaters for decades. Up until the mid 1980's, American one sheet movie posters measured 27" x 41" in size and were primarily delivered to theaters folded in eighths. Since that time, they have come to measure 27" x 40" and are delivered to theaters rolled. Created by the studio to promote the film, posters in the horror, science fiction and thriller genres do a great job of attracting audience attention, not just in U.S. markets, but sometimes more famously in non-U.S. markets (for U.S. produced films).

Half Sheet: (22" x 28") This size was printed on card stock paper and is more rare than a standard one-sheet poster, as it's production was discontinued by studios in the early 1980's. Issued either rolled or folded, the half-sheet poster was displayed in the lobby of the theater and is named such because it is half the size of a one-sheet.

Insert: (14" x 36") Also printed on card stock paper, this size was used together with a one-sheet in front of the theater or in the lobby. Often folded in thirds, the vertical format insert poster is also very popular among collectors both for its smaller size and its scarcity, as it was also discontinued by studios in the early 1980's.

Three Sheet: (41" x 81") This large sized poster was generally printed on thin paper stock and displayed outside of the theater. Printed in two or three overlapping pieces, the three-sheet poster was almost always folded. Also coveted by collectors both for its overwhelming size and scarcity, the three-sheet poster had a smaller print-run than the one-sheet and was eventually discontinued by the early 1980's.

Six Sheet: (81" x 81") This huge sized poster was also printed on a thin paper stock, but in four separate sections. Displayed on small billboards outside of the theater, the American six-sheet is aptly named so, because it is the size of six one-sheet posters put together. Sent to theaters folded, the six-sheet was glued to a billboard rendering it difficult to preserve after use, and therefore very rare in good condition. They are also very scarce, as their print-runs were very small. They too were discontinued by studios by the end of the 1970's.

Lobby Card: (11" x 14") Lobby cards were originally printed on card stock in sets of eight for display in a theater's lobby. The set included what was called a title card, which depicted the production credits, stars and title artwork, in addition to seven scene cards, each showing a scene from the film. Usually printed in full color and no longer used today, the lobby card set has also become highly collectible.

Window Card: (14" x 22") or (22" x 28") Window cards were printed on even heavier card stock for display in windows to advertise a film. Each had a blank area at the top used to display the theater name and show date. Easy to frame, these small posters have also become attractive to collectors.

Subway or Two Sheet: (54" X 41") Printed on a paper stock slightly thicker than a standard one-sheet, this poster was used for display in subway and other mass transit stations. Usually featuring the same artwork found on an "advance" poster, the horizontal format subway poster was printed in limited quantities and is therefore highly sought after by collectors as well.

30" x 40": Also printed on a heavy card stock, this size poster usually featured the same artwork as that displayed on the one-sheet poster, and was sometimes printed instead of a one-sheet. Issued in smaller print runs, this poster size is much scarcer than a one-sheet and has also become highly sought after by collectors.

40" x 60": Like the 30" x 40", this poster was printed on a heavier card stock and usually sent to theaters rolled. Although used since the 1930's in various creative styles, by the 1960's these posters essentially became larger copies of a film's one-sheet. Always printed in very limited quantities, these posters were discontinued by the 1980's and are therefore rare, sought-after collectibles.

Twenty-Four Sheet: (240" x 108") This huge billboard sized poster is printed in twelve sections on standard paper stock. Normally destroyed after use, given the pasting of the poster to a billboard or building side, they are still used today.

Stills: (8" x 10") or (11" x 14"). Also known as Mini Lobby Cards, stills are issued in sets of varying size, in glossy color, usually on card stock but sometimes on photo paper. Like the lobby card, stills normally depict scenes from the film. They are rarely found in full sets and therefore highly collectible.

Banner: This poster varies in sizes usually ranging from 24" to 48" in width by 84" to 144" in length. Today, banners are usually printed in limited quantities on vinyl for use either indoors or outdoors.

Door Panel: (20" X 60") Typically not used today, panels are vertical posters printed on paper stock in sets of four or six for display on theater doors. Usually produced for major feature studio releases, panels displayed their own unique artwork and are considered highly collectible today due to their scarcity.

Program (Pamphlet and Press Book): Consisting of multiple pages, usually paperbound, these booklets displayed information about the film's production, including scenes from the film, background information on the making of the film and its stars and other information found useful to its intended audience, usually either fan or press.

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POSTER SIZES (INTERNATIONAL)

Australian:

Daybill: (13" x 30") or (26" x 30") Similar to the American Insert poster, the larger size of this poster began in the 1980's.

One Sheet: (27" x 40") Similar to the American One Sheet size.

Three Sheet: (41" X 81") Similar to the American Three Sheet size, includes the Australian censor blurb.

Belgian:

The standard and most common Belgian film poster size is 14" x 22" (approximate) displayed either horizontal or vertical.

British:

Quad: (30" x 40") The standard and most common British poster size, often displayed horizontal, with artwork differentiated from the American version.

Double Crown: (20" x 30") Less common than the Quad, usually displayed vertical.

One sheet: (27" x 40") Less common than the Quad, also displayed vertical.

Three Sheet: (41" x 81") Similar in size to the American Three Sheet.

Czech:

Czech film posters are usually printed on non-glossy paper using an offset technique. The standard sizes are the smaller 11" x 16" (approximate) and the larger 23" x 33" (approximate).

French:

Petite: (23" x 32") Also sometimes called a medium or an affichette.

Grande: (47" x 63") The standard and most common French poster size.

German:

A0: (33" x 46") Displayed either vertically or horizontally.

A1: (23" x 33") The standard and most common German poster size, usually displayed vertical.

Less common German poster sizes include the A2 (17" x 24"), A3 (11" x 17") and A4 (8" x 8").

Italian:

Locandino: (13" x 28") Usually displayed vertical.

Fotobusta: (13" x 19") of (19" x 27") Displayed either vertical or horizontal, usually in high gloss, with the larger size being more common.

Due: (39" x 55") Common Italian poster size.

Quattro: (55" x 79") Very large poster size printed in two pieces.

Japanese:

B2: (20" x 29") The most common Japanese film poster size, usually found displayed vertical.

STB: (20" x 58") The larger, less common size, almost always displayed vertical.

Polish:

Polish film posters vary in size with the most common sizes being the smaller 23" x 33" and the larger 26" x 38" (or 27" x 39"). Polish posters are displayed either vertical or horizontal.

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Note: All sizes approximate

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