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8s044 DENNIS MORGAN personality poster 1940s head & shoulders portrait in cool suit jacket!

Date Sold 8/19/2018
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Unfolded Personality Poster (measures 22" x 28" [56 x 71 cm]) (Learn More)

Dennis Morgan was an actor from 1936 through 1976. He was born Earl Stanley Morner, and he was first billed by his middle and last name; he made a few more movies billed that way, and then made some movies billed as Richard Stanley, and it was not until 1939 when he became "Dennis Morgan", and it was a few more years later when he became a top star! Some of his movies include: Thank Your Lucky Stars, In This Our Life, Christmas in Connecticut, The Hard Way, Hollywood Canteen, and many more! He passed away in 1994 at the age of 85.
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Important Added Info: Note that starting in the very early 1910s (around 1912, when studios realized that people were more likely to go to a movie if it had a star they liked in it), studios created sets of special "personality" posters, which theaters that showed their movies could hang in their lobbies. These had a big advantage over posters for specific movies, because they could be used whenever a movie with that star was shown, which meant they could be used over and over! Because studios realized this, they made these posters on a high quality paper stock, sometimes with a "linen" texture, and sometimes with elaborate border designs, and almost always with great quality color printing. They almost always measured exactly 22" x 28", the same as "half-sheets" (which were then known as "displays", except that they were taller than they were wide, and that the images almost always had a "full bleed", meaning that there were no blank borders. They almost always showed a head and shoulders image of the star, and the image on these posters is often very close to actual life-size! They almost always have the name of the star and the studio they worked for at the bottom. Even though there were many sets of these from many studios over a period of approximately 30 years (they were rarely made after the early 1940s), very few survive, likely partially due to World War II paper drives, and partially due to the fact that they were never folded and the paper they were made of sometimes aged poorly. We at were just consigned a very special collection of 99 of these "personality" posters, which we are auctioning in separate auctions. They were collected starting in the mid 1980s, and the collector who assembled this collection tried to "upgrade" condition whenever possible over the years, so many of them are in excellent condition (sometimes likely the best surviving example), and on the ones where they are in lesser condition, it is because the collector never could find one in better condition! Now he has consigned them to us, and they will find new owners. If they were kept together, they would surely make an incredible display for the walls of any place where lots of people gather, like a museum, a restaurant, or any similar place. Of course, it is more likely that these will find many, many separate new homes, but we hope that they end up publicly displayed wherever they end up!
Note that Warner Bros. became a major Hollywood studio after merging with First National and having massive success with "The Jazz Singer" in the late 1920s, and remained at the forefront of Hollywood through the late 1940s. During this time, they had a great lineup of stars, and they created two sets of personality posters to promote their stars (one in the mid 1930s, and one in the late 1930s or very early 1940s, and there may have been others, but if so, we have not seen them). You can tell their two different sets apart in three ways. One is that all of the posters from a set have the same border design and the stars and studio names are written in the same font and layout. The other is that you can look at the age of the star in the image (although that might possibly be deceptive, because they might have sometimes used a slightly younger version of a star!). Also, the second set from Warner Bros. is on a "linen-like" paper (the same that they used for their lobby cards and some half-sheets and inserts in 1938 to 1941, which is why we know the second set dates from that time). Some of their major stars carried over from the first set to the second one, and in the second set, some stars were dropped and new stars were added. These posters are extremely rare as it is likely few theaters ordered them, and fewer still saved them, and in addition, they could be easily torn, and if they were not stored carefully, they would become fragile, and it is likely many were damaged and discarded for that reason! Note that the high quality paper stock these posters were printed on does not always age very well, and can become fragile (usually resulting in chips around the edges of the poster). This is especially true of those from the second set printed on the linen-like paper, because, just as with the linen lobby cards, these posters aged quickly if they were not stored really well. Because of their fragile nature and their age, we intend to send all of these personality posters in large flat packages, and never roll them into tubes (unless the buyer insists)! PLEASE DO NOT BID ON THIS POSTER, UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING TO PAY THE COST OF SHIPPING IT IN A LARGE FLAT PACKAGE!

Condition: very good. The poster has creases scattered down the left edge, with a tiny tear in the lower left border. It has a tiny circular brown stain in the lower right blank border and some very minor border wear. Otherwise, the poster is in nice condition, all the more unusual because it is a Warner Bros. linen poster (it has somewhat darkened, and it is not at all fragile, as is usually found in Warner Bros. linen half-sheets and lobby cards from this period).
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