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They Just Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

Vintage movie posters are an incredible example of inventive advertising. Before the days of movie trailers, the posters told the stories. It was the designer’s job to appeal to our emotions in a few brief seconds. In so doing, some of the greatest movie posters were created before fantastic technological advances even existed.

The posters carried much more significance to the success of the film than today. Often numerous scenes were depicted on the same poster to mimic the flow of a theatrical trailer.

Photos courtesy of the MoviePosterShop

What’s your favorite vintage movie poster? Do you think they are better than the one’s we see today?


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3 comments on “They Just Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

  1. BiltBlog
    October 21, 2011

    Terrific post. As an architectural professional I live and die by the clarity and breadth of imagery. Old movie posters have always been of interest to me so I really Appreciate this post. I do have a favorite though.

    The original Star Wars poster set the stage for a space opera of epic proportions by representing a cast of vastly different characters against the endless backdrop of the universe. The poster suggests almost instantly that you are about to enter a world the scale of which will be unfathomable to you even in the decades to come. Terrific image from one of the most sweeping dramas to ever grace the big screen.

    • theludlowgroup
      October 21, 2011

      Thank you for the kind words. And thanks for contributing, Star Wars is such a fantastic example!

  2. Sophia
    January 20, 2012

    The Casablanca one has always been a favorite of mine. In school, there were several times I used vintage movie posters as the inspiration for the design of my ads.

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