Old Time Movie Posters & The Latest App

Just when I thought I heard it all when it comes to movie posters, the Internet surprises me with some tidbit that makes me think, “Hmmm, isn’t that something” or “Wow, that’s cool!”  Here are two movie poster news items that I want to share with you.

Oldies but Goodies
Herb Bridges of Sharpsburg, Ga, owns a collection of original chalk movie posters. These weren’t the usual movie posters, but were extra items made by the Hollywood studios in the 1930’s and 1940’s to promote their films. Bridges worked in a movie theater in Atlanta when he was a teenager and that’s where he first saw these kinds of posters. Many years later, he was able to purchase 70 of these posters. As beautiful as these posters are (see picture below) they were discarded after a film’s run ended.

Sometimes a theater employee would keep these posters, which then leads to these posters being snapped up by a collector, like Bridges, many years later. These posters will be featured in an upcoming episode of Public Broadcasting System’s (PBS) The Antiques Roadshow, where they will be appraised by one of the show’s appraisers.

Yes, There’s an App for That
A company out of Hong Kong, called Mobile Brother has developed a smart phone app that allows for a person’s face to be placed into a movie poster from films ranging from Mummy: The Legend to Twilight. So, if you always wanted to be in the movies, this app can’t help you with that, but it can at least get your face in a movie poster. This app is available for iPhone and Android phones.

My Two Cents
What do these two news items reveal about movie posters? One, there is always something new to discover about movie posters. I had no idea that there were chalk drawn movie posters until I read about the collector from Georgia. Now I can’t wait to see them being appraised on television. As for the smart phone movie poster app, that tells me people’s vanity knows no bounds. Other than the “cool” factor, what is the point of putting your face in movie poster? As much as I like movie posters, I’m not eager to put my face in one. I like them as is. Also, in case you haven’t figured it out by now, let me be the first to tell you that many apps exist just to collect demographic information. So, if you want to reduce the amount of spam in your inbox, sign up for fewer apps.

In closing, you never stop learning. Of course, some of the things you learn about, you can do without.

Note: The smart phone app company and the company’s product was mentioned for informational purposes only. It is not an endorsement of the company or its products.





2 Responses to “Old Time Movie Posters & The Latest App”

  1. John Smith Says:

    I recently found old movies on http://www.usemeplz.com , it’s strange films for me, as I am 23, but it is history, we must cherishit!

  2. Rivka Says:

    Sounds interesting!

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