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Deliverance upside downSeptember 20, 2016
I have to give credit for this one to Mark del Costello, a pioneer movie poster collector and unparalleled raconteur. I've always felt that Deliverance was an important movie worth collecting. The standard U.S. 1-Sheet is a bit bland, so I have sought out alternative posters with better designs. This International 41x81 inch 3-sheet has been in my collection for years, and I never once noticed what Mark just pointed out to me. The four men carrying the canoe - if inverted - show THREE MEN CARRYING A BODY! This is very clever, and kudos to the artist, because at the end of the film, the four would-be vacationers have indeed lost one of their own. These two images show the 3-sheet in its normal orientation, and upside down. Disturbing, just like the film:

Expensive WallpaperAugust 26, 2016
A recent arrival is this six-sheet billboard for The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Universal's last great monster entry. The artwork is by the renowned Reynold Brown, the man responsible for many of the most iconic 1950s bug-eyed horror and science fiction movie posters. This particular example is completely UNrestored and - other than a handful of very minor flaws - it's in the same condition as when it was printed over 60 years ago. Created in four overlapping panels, this poster was designed to be pasted to a wall, so understandably very few have survived. Measuring 81 by 81 inches (or just under seven feet square) it makes quite an impression on the wall.

Christmas in July Sale!July 5, 2016

Gloria Vanderbilt and The CreatureApril 3, 2016

On this morning's edition of CBS News Sunday Morning there was a segment featuring Anderson Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. About three minutes into the story, Anderson and his mother are sorting through some family mementos and for a fleeting instant there is a poster visible on the wall in the background.
Here's a screen-shot:

As any self-respecting 1950s horror movie poster collector can tell you, that's clearly a 3-sheet from The Creature Walks Among Us, the third film in Universal's Creature from the Black Lagoon trilogy. So despite being known for those eponymous designer jeans, signature fragrances and questionable plastic surgeries, Gloria Vanderbilt may actually have good taste. Here's the same poster from our inventory:

Norman Rockwell and Tyrone PowerNovember 9, 2015

Beloved American illustrator Norman Rockwell painted only half a dozen movie posters during his 60-year career, and I think this is one of his best. His artwork for the 1946 adaptation of Somerset Maugham's The Razor's Edge, featuring Tyrone Power in stylish Oleg Cassini fashion, is so timeless it could be from a contemporary fashion magazine.

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