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1s012 LEADER OF THEM ALL MOVING PICTURES linen special 20x28 c1896 great art of female drum major!

Date Sold 8/19/2008
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Special Poster (measures 20" x 28 1/4") (Learn More)

a circa 1896 promotional poster with the text "The Leader of Them All: Moving Pictures, Always Something New" and features a great artwork image of a female drum major waving a baton! Note that the poster is undated, and has no small writing at the bottom, but it has a maroon printer's logo in the blue background below the drum major's foot (it is difficult to read, but it is the logo for the printing company, which is "HENNEGAN & CO." and the words under it are "SHOW PRINT" and the words at the bottom of the logo are "CINCINNATI OH."). Hennegan & Co. printed most of the existing movie posters from the turn of the century, and this surely appears to be from that period, and possibly as early as 1896, when the first Edison posters appeared. If anyone knows exactly when this poster is from, please e-mail us and we will post it here.
If you know who did the art (if any), please let us know.

Condition: very good. The poster was folded across the middle at one time. It had a horizontal crease in the top left of the image and in the bottom left of the image and there were some creases and scuffs scattered in the poster, more so in the blue background area. Overall, the poster was in very good condition prior to linenbacking (especially considering it is over 100 years old!). The poster was nicely backed, and displays well! At some point after the poster was backed, it was roughly handled, and there are now creases in the top 5" of the left of the excess linen, just slightly extending into the blank border of the poster.
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