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Special Collections has 6,000 movie posters mainly from the 1940s and 1950s. Posters from the 100 best movies can now be viewed online.

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 Sci-Fi and Fantasies in Summer 
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  • Them! (1954) starring James Whitmore Edmund Gwenn Joan Weldon James Arness Onslow Stevens Sean McClory Chris Drake Sandy Descher Mary Alan Hokanson Don Shelton Fess Parker Olin Howland.
    "The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization."

  • The Thief of Baghdad (1961) starring Steve Reeves Giorgia Moll Edy Vessel Arturo Dominici Daniele Vargas Antonio Battistella Fanfulla Giancarlo Zarfati Gina Mascetti Antonio Rosmino Ignazio Dolce Mohammed Agrebi Joudi Mohammed Jamil Georges Chamarat Eduardo Bergamo.
    "A prince, played by he-man Steve Reeves, must pass seven tests in order to find a legendary blue rose and thus save the life of a comatose princess, win her hand in marriage, and the kingdom."

  • Thief of Damascus (1952) starring Paul Henreid, John Sutton, Jeff Donnell, Lon Chaney Jr., Elena Verdugo, Helen Gilbert, Robert Clary, Edward Colmans, Nelson Leigh, Philip Van Zandt.
    "In the world of Arabian Nights, Abu Amdar, head general of the Khalid who is attacking Damascus, arranges a truce between the city and the Khalid's forces, making the Khalid furious. Amdar escapes to help the Persians, a decision prompted by his love for the Damascan Princes, Zafir. With the aid of Sheherazade, Alladin, Sinbad, Ali Baba, and less-than-forty of his thieves, Abu Amdar soon sets things right in old Damascus."

  • World Without End (1956) starring Hugh Marlowe, Nancy Gates, Nelson Leigh, Rod Taylor, Shirley Patterson, Lisa Montell, Christopher Dark, Booth Colman, Everett Glass, Stanley Fraser.
    "Four astronauts returning from mankind's first mission to Mars enter a time warp and crash on a 26th Century Earth devastated by atomic war. Our heroes meet with hideous mutant cavemen, giant spiders, love-struck beauties in short dresses, and jealous old geezers in sparkly skullcaps as they struggle to save humanity and build a new world."

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The American Juvenile Collection
 Sci-Fi and Fantasies in Summer 
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  • Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (1946) by Lewis Carroll [pseud.] Illustrated by John Tenniel. New York : Grosset & Dunlap.
    "After falling down a rabbit hole and stepping through a mirror, Alice experiences unusual adventures with a variety of nonsensical characters."

  • The Arabian Nights (1946) illustrated by Earle Goodenow. New York : Grosset & Dunlap.
    "A selection of tales from the many in the 'Thousand and one nights'. The tales come from India, China, and Arabia. Contents: Scheherazade -- The merchant and the genie -- The story of the fisherman and the genie -- The story of the king and the physician -- The story of the young king of the Black Isles -- The story of the enchanted horse -- The story of Sinbad the sailor -- The story of the three sisters -- The story of Prince Ahmed and Periebanou -- The story of Ali Baba and the forty thieves -- The story of Aladdin, or, The wonderful lamp -- The story of Abou Hassan, or, The sleeper awakened -- The story of Codadad and his brothers."

  • Beyond the Gates of Hercules : a Tale of the Lost Atlantis (1971) by Elizabeth Borton de Treviņo. New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
    "Even though a daughter of the leading family of Atlantis foresees that her brother will be instrumental in the destruction of their homeland, nothing can be done to prevent the tragedy."

  • The Coming of the Demons (1982) by Gwenyth Hood. New York : Morrow.
    "Space travelers, searching for a world to live on, land in 13th century Italy and get involved in the dynastic struggles of the period. Because of a non-interference rule, they are not supposed to even contact the natives, but, due to treachery by some of them, they are forced to intervene to try and capture their criminal members."

  • The Last Days of Pompeii (1926) by Edward Bulwer Lytton ; pictures by F.C. Yohn. New York : C. Scribner's Sons.
    "The story concerns four people in Pompeii in the period leading up to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that buried the city in ash in AD 79. They are Glaucus, a Greek-born, rich young man who is a bit of a rake (he gambles on the gladiatorial games) but fundamentally decent; Ione, his lover (in the author's words, 'The wealth of her graces was inexhaustible -- she beautified the commonest action; a word, a look from her, seemed magic. Love her, and you entered into a new world, you passed from this trite and common-place earth'); Nydia, a blind slave girl passionately and uselessly in love with Glaucus; and Arbaces, a brilliantly malevolent high priest of the cult of Isis." (More about the book).

  • Red Planet : A Colonial Boy on Mars (1949) by Robert A. Heinlein ; illustrated by Clifford Geary. New York : Scribner's Sons.
    "A young colonist on Mars befriends a strange round creature called Willis who gets him into trouble when he goes away to school, but whose presence and friendship finally enable the colonials to negotiate a treaty with the Martians."

  • Tom Swift and His Flying Lab (1954) by Victor Appleton II ; illustrated by Graham Kaye. New York : Grosset & Dunlap. [Tom Swift series]
    "Tom Swift and his father travel to a South American country in their flying space lab to look for uranium and keep it from falling into the hands of a group of dangerous rebels."

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900, c1899) by L. Frank Baum ; with pictures by W.W. Denslow. Chicago ; New York : G.M. Hill Co. [Oz series]
    First edition, second state. "Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and a host of other curious creatures come to life as they set out on an exciting quest down the Yellow Brick Road in search of the elusive Wizard." (Online version at the Library of Congress).

Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database.

The Library's movie posters also paper the walls of the newly refurbished Paramount Theater at LIU Brooklyn, thanks, in part, to the efforts of former LIU president, David Steinberg (1985-2013). Only duplicate copies of Paramount Pictures movie titles were picked and then placed in secure frames. Very recently, the rest of the Paramount duplicates were also sent to be framed. There is also the exciting possibility of movie poster exhibits animating one of the Tilles Center's rooms. Movie buffs, please watch for coming attractions.

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