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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2017 7:26 p.m. PST

I keep seeing reprints no bigger than 20" x 30" or perhaps 24" x 36". Was that their original poster size?

And did the standard poster dimensions vary between those produced by the East and Western powers? How about those during the Spanish Civil War? What about later, during the early years of the Cold War?

Thanks,

Dan
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PS. Here are some of those period posters I mean:

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TMPWargamerabbit24 May 2017 10:10 p.m. PST

They have actual historical posters (all nations)at the National WWI museum in Kansas City. Maybe give them a call? or if the museum has a web site?

Was there this last weekend. There is a complete museum hall on the posters of the period and historical background, use and production. Sorry I didn't actual measure them but 24x36 inches would be a quick guess from visual brain "memory stick" for the WWI posters.

advocate24 May 2017 11:09 p.m. PST

Third from bottom: Germans got Storm troopers?

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2017 11:32 p.m. PST

@advocate: "Germans got Storm Troopers?"

They sure did! :)

@TMPWargamerabbit: "I didn't actual measure them but 24x36 inches would be a quick guess from visual brain "memory stick" for the WWI posters."

So, in your opinion, would something like 6mm x 9mm work for 15mm gaming? And perhaps 12mm x 18mm for 28mm gaming?

Thanks,

Dan

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2017 1:27 a.m. PST

@Advocate,

Here's a little background on that 1942 poster:

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I guess the dimensions seemed to vary quite a bit, depending on the poster. For example, as that link explains, the "He Is Watching" WW2 poster was originally 40" x 29" (101 cm x 74 cm).

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Dan
PS. By the way, this has got to be one of the strangest WW1 posters I've ever seen:
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Crazyivanov25 May 2017 2:50 a.m. PST

I've never seen the "Todos Americanos" poster. I really like that one.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2017 2:52 a.m. PST

CrazyIvanov,

Then you'll probably like these:

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Dan

FlyXwire25 May 2017 5:52 a.m. PST

Lt. Jimmy Meissner of the US 94th Aero Squadron glued a US recruitment poster to the bottom wing of his Nieuport 28 scout, which could give you a dimensional reference if you wanted to research this further (using the cord measurement of 3ft. 3.25 inches for the lower wing to compare against).
Here's a linked picture taken of Meissner's plane after shedding its upper wing fabric in combat which he the pilot amazingly survived:

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KSmyth25 May 2017 5:59 a.m. PST

Large collection of WWI posters at the Library of Congress. You can view them here

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Many seem to be 36 in X 24 in.

whitejamest25 May 2017 6:43 a.m. PST

I'd recommend checking the Imperial War Museum's online media archive. If you do a search for "propaganda" and filter your results for WW1 you'll find a lot of examples. Look specifically for color images that have the color and size references in them, as these will have information on exact dimensions, and are not just black and white photographs of posters.

So for example:
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The info says this one is 768mm x 510mm

The Shadow25 May 2017 7:01 a.m. PST

My only original "support your troops" type WW II poster is, IIRC, the same size as a standard one sheet movie poster of the era at 27X41.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2017 7:45 a.m. PST

Excellent info!

Thanks,

Dan

rmaker25 May 2017 8:58 a.m. PST

I very much suspect that the size of the poster would depend on the printing press available to produce it.

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2017 1:54 p.m. PST

I'd read about workers associating the Storm Trooper with their boss (maybe not a surprise,when you think about it), but not the Liberty Bell angle. That is a weird one.

Who did they think was peering out from under it, I wonder?

I did find this interesting photograph:

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An article here:

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Twoball Cane25 May 2017 7:48 p.m. PST

I love the picture of the ladies painting the posters. Thanks for posting it.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2017 4:33 a.m. PST

Hafen, that vintage photo is absolutely amazing!

Thanks for sharing. I wonder if there are other similar period gems out there.

Dan

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2017 7:29 a.m. PST

I was searching "WWII posters in photographs". Mostly just got posters. I was hoping for some pics of people standing in front of postered walls. That might have helped with your sizing question. No luck though. Different search wordings might turn up something. There are bound to be some out there.

Edit: Oops,forgot: glad you like it,boys! (smile)

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2017 9:24 a.m. PST

Hafen, you slay me!

Doug

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2017 10:14 a.m. PST

That's me--TMP serial killer.

Still haven't found the WMD version,though:

https://youtu.be/iBYZiiSXj6w

I'll keep looking. . .

Barin126 May 2017 11:46 a.m. PST

Found a poster on a poster for you…

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and people in front of the posters
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Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2017 11:57 a.m. PST

Hey,that's neat!

Too bad they didn't make it an "infinity" poster--that would have really been "GLORY"ous!

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2017 5:43 p.m. PST

Barlin1, Wow! That is such a cool find!

Dan

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP31 May 2017 8:08 a.m. PST

Advocate,

Here's a similar one to that "storm trooper" one, in this case a West German post WW2 (1953) anti-Soviet poster:

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Dan

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2017 3:05 a.m. PST

Just found another poster in poster.

Dan

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