LOTS OF FAKE MOVIE POSTERS OUT THERE
(all of them waiting for you to buy them)
ABOUT FAKE MOVIE POSTERS:
Our sister website (which deals with old Cannabis Medicine bottles) has a good section on forgeries and fakes. The following is taken directly from that site:
"Asked about a lovely oil painting that turned out to be a fake, a Frenchman once replied:And unfortunately the same holds true in the world of Movie posters, poster art etc; --- simply put, there are a lot of fakes out there."An old painting, or a work of art . . . they are like unto a love affair. No matter the beauty or how wonderful it may have been, when one discovers that the lover is not true . . . it is all over.""One can only assume that same could be said of an antique Cannabis bottle. No matter how beautiful it may look, no matter what value it may once have had, once it is revealed as a forgery the beauty (not to mention most of its monetary value) is all gone. And I for one can not overstate that all the enjoyment such an antique can possible give you will also be gone, replaced only by a foolish grin.
Which one of these two posters (if either) is authentic and which one is a fake (pasted together by a modern day quick buck artist? Answer, who knows. Due to the number of fakes and/or modern day paste-up reproductions, it's getting very hard to tell.
Using the above posters as an example, look carefully at the different versions; note the male's hair, the woman's clothing (or lack of it) etc. In addition, as can be seen from the two-newspaper ads below, exactly what is original artwork itself comes into question. Much of these can be explained by the massive pornography shortage that hit the United States, during the Second World War, when there was a major demand, but little production. Movie theaters were forced to recycle older movies (in fact anything they could get their hands on) and some of the subtle changes in the newspaper movie ads reflect the new audience being attracted.
The newspaper ad on the left is an original that run in 1936; the one on the right run during the second world war (1945) in the San Francisco Chronicle. Note the minor changes (probably made by the San Francisco movie house owner) to the women's attire. However, both can be said to be originals.
The Devil's Harvest :
Because so many original stills of this (relatable speaking little known) 1942 picture were published is various newspapers it serves as a good example.
(Above Left) part of an original newspaper ad; (Right) what is obviously a modern day take off offered for sale at various internet sites.
Can you spot the subtle differences between the 1940's newspaper display ad (right) and a poster being offered for sale on an internet auction website?
IN DEFENSE OF FAKE POSTERS
An Editorial Opinion
In the beginning one tends to view these quick-buck artists as, well, just that, quick-buck artists; not the kind that one would want to associate with.
However, after much thought on the matter, maybe we should change our minds, maybe we should see them as propagators of the faith. True they do what they do for money, but still they are helping to keep to the truth out there. Without a doubt the narc's must hate them something fierce, after all, aren't they reminding everyone of the very origin of the ant-medical marihuana laws. God bless them. Which is another way of saying that its OK to buy a reproduction, --- As long as you know that it's exactly that, a repro and NOT the real thing.
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