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g385 LIFE FOR LIFE linen special poster 1904 redemption from sin!

Date Sold 12/19/2006
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Special Poster (measures 28" x 42") (Learn More)

Life for Life, the 1904 silent religious morality melodrama ("Go and sin no more"; "Friends in death"). This was one of the movies made by Barnsdale, an unheralded pioneer of early American cinema. Barnsdale made movies at the turn of the century, and they were all strong on redemption and morality, and he exhibited them at prisons! Many years after his death, his son discovered multiple examples of some of his early posters among his belongings, and included in those were examples of this 1904 poster (it is dated 1904 and it has a litho mark from "American Show Print" in the bottom right). Apparently, the top border of the poster was where show times could be written in (much like window cards).
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Condition: very good. The poster had three evenly spaced vertical folds, but no horizontal one. There were a few vertical tears in the poster and some stains and smudges around the edges. Overall, the poster was in very good condition prior to linenbacking (it has really survived quite nicely, especially considering it is over 100 years old!). The poster was nicely backed, and displays well.
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