Movie Posters

Roy Rogers Movie Posters

Roy Rogers was a famous Western singer as well as movie and television actor. His first starring role in a movie was in “Under Western Stars” (1938) made by Republic Pictures. Roy needed to choose a horse for his new leading-man role, and famously chose a golden palomino stallion named Golden Cloud that Roy soon renamed Trigger. Together, Roy Rogers and Trigger rose to international movie stardom, appearing in one highly successful movie after another. Roy Rogers movie posters are treasured by his fans and collectors alike. Below are Roy Rogers movie posters for sale on eBay.

Below: A poster from the 1945 Roy Rogers movie “Bells of Rosarita.”

Roy Rogers movie poster for Bells Of Rosarita

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What Is A Movie Poster?

First off, it might be helpful to define just the word “poster.” A poster, originally, was an advertisement meant to be hung, or posted, in a public place. They were usually large and often colorful in order to be easily noticed, and were typically printed on affordable paper. (Today, this definition of a poster can still be considered to be correct, but currently the definition can be broadened to include artwork on paper for the purpose of decorating as opposed to being an advertisement for public display.)

A movie poster, then, is a poster intended to be hung in a public place in order to advertise a movie. While initially fairly inexpensive to publish and distribute, many original movie posters have become highly collectible and sought after by fans, admirers, and collectors worldwide. According to this page on The Guardian.com, here is a brief list of some of the highest selling movie posters of all time:

  • Metropolis – A poster for the German-made 1927 science-fiction movie “Metropolis” sold for $690,000 in 2005.
  • The Mummy – This 1932 movie stars Boris Karloff. A poster for “The Mummy” was sold in 1997 for $435,500.
  • “Flying Down to Rio” – This 1933 film starred Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. A poster for this movie sold in 2008 for $239,000.

Below: A poster from the 1940 Roy Rogers movie “Young Buffalo Bill.”

Movie poster for Roy Rogers movie Young Buffalo Bill

Public domain image via Wikimedia Commons

Movie Poster Sizes: One Sheet, Two Sheet, etc.

Movie poster sizes are often described in “sheets,” such as one sheet, two sheet, etc. Here is a brief breakdown of what a few of those sizes mean for older movie posters. Please keep in mind that: 1) There are more sizes than what we describe below, 2) Sizes are approximate and can vary, 3) Sizes can vary by country, 4) Current sizes might be different, and 5) You need to verify the size, in inches, of any movie poster you might be interested in. The sizes below are generally considered to be reliable, but we don’t guarantee their accuracy.

  • One Sheet – 27 inches X 41 inches. This was considered to be the “standard” size movie poster in the United States. Posters of this size were commonly displayed in movie theatre lobbies as well as other locations. The size of the one sheet movie poster was changed (in the mid-1980s?) to be 27 inches by 40 inches (one inch shorter).
  • Two Sheet – In looking up sizes for the two sheet movie poster we found three different sizes: 41 inches X 54 inches OR 40 inches X 60 inches OR 45 inches X 60 inches. We don’t know which of these sizes is correct or if they all are. Designed to be hung in subways and other areas of mass transit, this size is also sometimes called a “subway” movie poster.
  • Three Sheet – 41 inches X 81 inches. This size of movie poster was designed to be displayed outside of the movie theater. This size is no longer in use today.
  • Six Sheet – 81 inches X 81.  Intended to be posted outside as a small billboard and square in shape as opposed to rectangular, six sheet posters often featured different art than was found on other posters for the same movie.

General Notes: Larger posters were often printed in lesser quantities and can be much harder to find today. Larger movie posters were also often printed on several sheets that had to be aligned and fixed together before display. Depending on how the the different sheets were attached together, they might not have fared well if they were disassembled.

Below: A poster from the 1948 Roy Rogers movie “Grand Canyon Trail.”

Grand Canyon Trail movie poster starring Roy Rogers

Public domain image via Wikimedia Commons

 

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