If you are already in love with beautiful vintage movie art, then you've come to the right place. If you are however, NOT familiar with old movie posters, then you're in for a TREAT! No words can fully describe the exciting experience of seeing an incredible masterpiece like a Wizard of Oz one sheet or lobby card in person. Some people describe it as a dose of emotional, nostalgic awe!
At Conway's Vintage Treasures we bring this sensational experience to you. As a recent customer put it, "I just love your web site and what a surreal experience it is". Our friendly designed web site is filled with only Original Vintage Movie Posters & movie memorabilia from some of the most beloved classic films of all time. NO repros, no reprints, NO FAKES, GUARANTEED! And, to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for you, we have made it very easy to find exactly what you are looking for. (and if we don't have it, we can often locate it)
How do I find what I am looking for on this web site?
<--- From the main menu to the left, a drop down menu will appear with several categories of Vintage Movie Posters.
Or, just use the SEARCH Box at the top of any page to find anything on our site. For example, looking for John Wayne lobby cards? Just type "John Wayne lobby" in the box.
At the bottom of this page and on the menu in the left column you will se the selections for various categories of vintage movie memorabilia. For example, if you are looking for Horror movie posters, you can select from the bottom or go to the menu in the left hand column and click on a category. A sub-menu will display under each main category. You'll even notice we have categorized by most popular movie stars under Vintage Movie Posters/Leading Men.
And, for the most dedicated collectors we have created a "Hollywood Legends Collection" menu category for the most requested collectibles our customers have most desired over the past 20 years such as the Frank Sinatra Collection, The Three Stooges Collectionand others.
However, if you want to look for something even more specific, for example, a poster from the 1949 classic She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, starring John Wayne, then just go at top of site to the Search Box, and type in "John Wayne Yellow Ribbon" (without the quotes) and everything relating to that movie will appear before your eyes. It's that EASY! And if you still get lost, you can always hit the Contact Us link at the menu on top of page. We're here to help.
Brief History of Original Vintage Movie Posters:
Over the years 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.
One Sheet & Half Sheets:
The one sheet movie poster (27x41") is still used in theaters today. It is also (usually with exceptions) the most popular size for movie poster collectors. It is ideal for display yet not too intrusive like the three and six sheets (81x81"). The half sheet (22x28") primarily used prior to 1980 is rarely used today, but also highly collectible..
Lobby cards were used in U.S. theaters and are rarely produced for today's films. These small movie posters (11x14" printed on card stock) were generally produced in sets of eight, although the number of cards in a set can vary from as few as four to as many as 16.
These were smaller movie posters designed for display in a theater's lobby primarily for 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.
There were certain lobby cards that realize premium values and cult status due to their particularly extraordinary artwork and/or rarity. For example, the Cary Grant "dust cropper" scene in North by Northwest or the Wicked Witch scene in the 1949 "Wizard of OZ" lobby cards in which it was the only OZ lobby card to feature the Witch. Lobby cards are highly desirable by not only collectors but also movie and history buffs.
Inserts and Window Card Movie Posters:
Inserts were also used in theater lobbies since around 1910 to early 1980s to promote movies. They are on heavier card stock and are 14x36". Window Cards are 14x22" are on heavy card stock and were used primarily in local businesses to promote local theater movies.
And, as you can see , the artwork on vintage movie posters was quite breath-taking!
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