How To Identify Vintage Posters

Having some vintage posters are a pride to both collector and not. Imagine if you have one of the rarest and oldest movie posters displayed and framed in your house. Your guests will surely be amazed of such an old work of art. That is why many people are so fond of collecting old posters like movie posters of the 1940s, music posters of the best orchestra in the 1900s, or rock posters of the hailed best rock 'n roll musicians of the 1950s.

If you are also planning to collect vintage print posters for the sake of collecting or as an investment, then you should first learn how to identify a vintage poster. A 10-year-old poster may be old and may look so old but that can't be considered as a vintage poster. Even oversized framed posters from the '80s can't all be considered as vintage posters. That is why you need to learn how to spot real vintage posters on sale. Here are some factors usually considered in identifying whether old posters are already vintage posters. 

  1. Poster artist - For some people, posters that were not created by the vintage poster artists cannot be considered as vintage posters. Although this is very rare, some people do look for this factor. That is why posters made by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jean Paleologue, AM Cassandre, Leonetto Cappiello, Alphonse Mucha, Jules Cheret, and other early poster artists are the only considered vintage posters.
  2. Originality - This is a very important consideration for movie posters because reissuing is very common in movies. That is why posters without a mark similar to "R78" are considered more vintage. This mark means that the poster was reissued in 1978.
  3. Age - Actually, the older a poster is, the more vintage it becomes. It's no wonder why posters that have survived World War II can be more expensive than posters made in the '60s or '70s.
  4. Rarity - Vintage posters become more vintage if they are rare. For instance, the World War II propaganda posters are considered less vintage than posters of short films in the '50s or '60s. This is because the former has a lot of copies circulating while short film posters have more or less five copies in circulation.
  5. Condition - The better the condition of the poster, the more vintage it becomes. For instance, a 1950 movie poster that looks like brand new will be more valuable than a movie poster from the same age that looks like it's from 1930s. Also, when looking for vintage posters on sale, make sure to check if there are holes, foxing or any damages on the poster. The more damage it has, the lesser the value it owns.

Actually, any old posters can be vintage print as long as these are rare, old and original. Although people always go for vintage rock posters and music posters, other framed posters can still be as beautiful and valuable. Besides, it's the art's beauty that matters the most — its age, condition, originality and rarity are only secondary. 


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