Special Collections. C.W. Post Campus / Long Island University, Brookville, New York 11548

The Original Movie Poster Research Collection 1940-1962


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Conrad Schoeffling
Collection Curator
Heather Hesse
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Jarron Jewell
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Collection Finding Aid:


The Original Movie Poster Research Collection is comprised of 6,000+ movie posters given to Special Collections in two separate donations by Frederick Adler in 1972 and 1974, and Philip Sills in 1972.



Time Period:

1940 - 1962


The Original Movie Poster Collection contains more than 6,000 Original Movie Posters dating from 1940 - 1962. Scope includes posters in two sizes: 24" x 28" and 36" x 14".



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Special Collections Main Room


Special Collections.
B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library,
C. W. Post Campus
Long Island University,
Brookville, NY 11548

Scope and Content:

6,000+ Original Movie Posters dating from 1940 - 1962 in two sizes: 24" x 28" and 36" x 14".

User Restrictions:

The Collection is available for viewing in the Special Collections' Reading Room. Requests for digital images are considered on a case by case basis. Please call or email us for an appointment. 516/299-2880 and Conrad.Schoeffling@liu.edu.

History of the Collection:

This collection is a vivid and instructive series of images, lithograph movie posters that promote more than 6,000 movie titles produced mostly from 1940 to 1962. Some 4,000 posters, covering the years 1950-1962 were donated by Frederick Adler in 1972. Mr. Adler added approximately 1,000 more titles, concentrating on the early 1950's, in 1974. Philip Sills donated about 1,600 posters in 1974 that reflected the decade of the1940's.

Besides the obvious appeal to film students, these original movie posters should interest other academic disciplines. Art majors will be stimulated by the varying graphic design approaches of these examples of movie poster art. Business students will appreciate the marketing effectiveness, or lack thereof, of the differing ways to advertise movies. Many movies of this time period reflect the history of World War II and the Cold War. These film images are of value not only to students of history, but also to the social researcher for their shifts in mores and culture.


BRAVE ONE: RKO, 1956. 100m. b/w
Director: Irving Rapper. Cast: Michel Ray, Rodolfo Hoyos.

DONDI: Allied Artists, 1961. 80m. b/w
Director: Albert Zugsmith. Cast: David Janssen, Patti Page, Walter Winchell, Mickey Shaughnessy, Robert Strauss, Arnold Stang, David Kory.

FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE: 20th Century Fox, 1960. 87m. color
Director: George Sherman. Cast: Richard Basehart, Stu Erwin, Arthur Sheilds, Rex Allen, Danny Bravo.

FOR THE LOVE OF RUSTY: Columbia, 1947. 68m. b/w
Director: John Sturges. Cast: Ted Donalson, Tom Powers, Ann Doran.

HANSEL AND GRETEL: RKO, 1954. 75m. color
Director: John Paul. Cast: Anna Russell, Mildred Dunnock, Frank Rogier.

HORSE WITH THE FLYER TALE: Disney, 1961. 48m. color
Director: Larry Lansburgh. Cast: George Fenneman.

LITTLEST HOBO: Allied Artists, 1958. 77m. b/w
Director: Charles R. Rondeau. Cast: Buddy Hart, Wendy Stuart.

PERRI: Disney, 1957. 75m. color
Director: Paul Kenworthy, JR. Cast: Winston Hibler.