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b001 LOST WORLD window card movie poster '25 incredible dinosaur image!

Date Sold 11/1/2005
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Window Card Movie Poster (measures 14" x 22") (Learn More)

The Lost World, the classic 1925 Harry O. Hoyt silent fantasy dinosaur adventure thriller ("The World's Wonder Film"; "The greatest drama of adventure and romance your eyes ever have beheld."; "See gigantic pre-historic monsters clash with modern lovers in The Lost World"; "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stupendous story"; "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stupendous story"; with great special effects by Willis H. O'Brien who is billed as "Research and Technical Director") starring Bessie Love, Lewis Stone, Wallace Beery (as Professor George Edward Challenger, the protagonist from a series of Doyle stories), Lloyd Hughes, and Alma Bennett. Note that when the producer/director team of Ernest B. Schoedsack and Merian C. Cooper (who had made several acclaimed documentaries in remote areas of the world) were looking to make a fantasy movie set on a mythical island with a giant gorilla, they remembered the special effects from "The Lost World", and hired Willis O'Brien to do the special effects for their new movie, "King Kong"! "The Lost World" was O'Brien's first feature film, and he used the exact same stop-motion techniques of special effects that made "King Kong" so memorable. Note that the one-sheet poster for "The Lost World" shows an image of Wallace Beery pointing at a map of Africa, and there are NO special effects pictured on the poster. But the window card has a wonderful image of a dinosaur trampling on the residents of a city, and is THE poster to own from this movie!
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Important Added Info: NOTE THAT EBAY HAS ADDED RESTRICTIONS TO THOSE WHO PLACE BIDS OVER $15,000 ON A SINGLE ITEM. SINCE THIS ITEM MAY WELL SELL FOR GREATER THAN $15,000, YOU NEED TO DETERMINE IF YOU MEET EBAY'S REQUIREMENTS BEFORE YOU PLACE A BID OF GREATER THAN $15,000 ON THIS POSTER. IF YOU ARE IN THE SLIGHTEST DOUBT AS TO WHETHER YOU ARE ABLE TO PLACE SUCH A BID, PLEASE E-MAIL US AND WE WILL HELP YOU DETERMINE THE ANSWER. Also note that this poster has been paperbacked. This means the poster was backed onto a board backing (acid-free), that is similar in feel to that of the original poster (except somewhat heavier). It is a similar process to linenbacking, except that most collectors use linenbacking for one-sheets and paperbacking for half-sheets, inserts, window cards, and lobby cards.

Note that I have been e-mailed asking about where this poster was found, and how long it has been in the hobby. There is an interesting story behind the finding of this window card! The card was found several months ago in a home that was located just a few blocks from the very theater that is advertised on the top of the window card. It apparently sat completely unprotected on a shelf in the basement of the home from 1925 to the present. It may be that the owner of the house worked at the theater, may have owned the theater, or may have asked for the poster when the movie played (or he or she may have received the window card from a store in the neighborhood that displayed the window card, as was typical in that era). We will never know, because the owners of the home recently passed away. Their heirs held an estate sale, and this card was among the items sold. My consignor bought this card at the estate sale, and he sent it to me unrestored. That is why I am able to give such a detailed description of the exact defects the card had, and exactly what restoration was done!

Condition: good. When this poster was found, there was a 1" x 1 1/2" area of paper loss in the lower right border (solely the blank white border and solid blue background area). There was a 1" x 1 1/2" area of paper loss in the lower right corner, which lost the "ure" of "Picture", and the blank white area in the lower right corner and the dark background surrounding the letters of the lower right corner. There were a number of irregularly shaped tears around the edges of the window card. Starting with the area between the two areas of missing paper, and working counter-clockwise around the edges of the window card, the tears were as follows: There were several tears between the two areas of paper loss, but only the solid blue background was affected. There was a 3" tear in the middle of the right of the image starting in the edge of the poster and running through the middle of the dinosaurs tale with a 1/2" tear extending upward from this tear, near the edge of the blue background. There was a 3" tear near the top of the right of the image (mostly in the blue background above the "d" of "World" but extending into the top of the "l" of "World"). There was an uneven tear that starts in the right of the top of the blue border, running down through the right of the "o" of "World" and then turning left and running across the blue down into the dinosaur's head above his eye and forming a semi-circle down to the left of his eye. There were two tears in the upper part of the left border: one is 2" and is solely in the blue background below the "L" of "Lost"; the other is 1" below that tear and extends 1" into the blue background above the credits. There was a 1" tear with surface paper loss in the lower left border slightly below the "L" of "Lloyd". There was an inverted U-shaped tear in the left of the bottom border mostly around the image of the girl in red running. Finally, there was a 1" tear near the middle of the bottom border extending into the body of the man with the hat.
There were a number of scuff marks around the edges of the image, some of which begin at the end of the tears. There was one significant scuff mark within the image. It ran from the monster's belly down to the middle of the bottom border. Because it is not very distracting at all, I did not have the restorer touch that scuff mark, so you can see that it is there. Similarly, I had the restorer replace the two missing areas within the image (again, mostly only blank white border, solid background color, and three letters of the studio credit), and also mend the tears, but SOLELY MEND THOSE EXACT AREAS, AND NOT SPRAY PAINT THE CARD! This is because restoring it in this fashion and making it look good would require "dipping it in paint", and I hate that type of restoration (plus, it could always be done at a later date). Personally, I don't mind at all seeing that a card has signs of age, especially when it is 80 years old!
In addition to the defects in the image, there was a 3" x 3" diagonal area of paper loss in the upper right corner, but this solely was white paper except for part of the "A" at the end of "ALBERTA". There were smudges and stains in part of the top blank area, and some around the edges of the card in the blank borders. The restorers painted over a lot of the blank borders to "even them out". I agree with this, because it improves the appearance of the card (defects in the borders are very distracting to the eye, and because that area never shows when the poster is framed). Note that the solid background areas of the card and the white of the title letters are unevenly colored. This is how the card was printed, and was done intentionally to give it an aged appearance (after all, in 1925, they wanted to evoke images of a "lost world"!). In 2001, I was consigned another example of this card, and the printing was remarkably similar to that on this card (it was an unusual choice that the lettering of the credits is blue on a blue background, but that is what they chose). That card was also professionally restored, in a similar fas
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