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Cacique Caribe24 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?


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










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?

Cacique Caribe24 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?



Cacique Caribe25 May 2017 1:27 a.m. PST


Here's a little background on that 1942 poster:


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).


PS. By the way, this has got to be one of the strangest WW1 posters I've ever seen:


Crazyivanov25 May 2017 2:50 a.m. PST

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

Cacique Caribe25 May 2017 2:52 a.m. PST


Then you'll probably like these:



Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP25 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:


KSmyth25 May 2017 5:59 a.m. PST

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


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:

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.

Cacique Caribe25 May 2017 7:45 a.m. PST

Excellent info!



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 Schlockenberg25 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:


An article here:


Twoball Cane25 May 2017 7:48 p.m. PST

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

Cacique Caribe26 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.


Hafen von Schlockenberg26 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)

TheBeast26 May 2017 9:24 a.m. PST

Hafen, you slay me!


Hafen von Schlockenberg26 May 2017 10:14 a.m. PST

That's me--TMP serial killer.

Still haven't found the WMD version,though:

I'll keep looking. . .

Barin126 May 2017 11:46 a.m. PST

Found a poster on a poster for you…


and people in front of the posters

Hafen von Schlockenberg26 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!

Cacique Caribe26 May 2017 5:43 p.m. PST

Barlin1, Wow! That is such a cool find!


Cacique Caribe31 May 2017 8:08 a.m. PST


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




Cacique Caribe17 Jun 2017 3:05 a.m. PST

Just found another poster in poster.



Cacique Caribe20 May 2018 6:59 p.m. PST

These are the cleanest versions I could find for these 2 Australian posters ("He's Coming South"):




The Shadow21 May 2018 7:13 a.m. PST

All posters, for every reason, vary in size to fit the various areas where they are to be displayed. Movie posters come in many sizes to fit subways, billboards, the front of a theater or the lobby of a theater. Typical movie poster sizes are 27X41 for the front of a theater, 11X14 for lobby cards and 14X36 to fit in the lobby for coming attractions.

I own an original "buy war bonds" poster from WW II. It's a very dramatic depiction of a soldier, in combat, about to throw a grenade. The size is the same as a movie poster. It's 27X41.

dapeters23 May 2018 1:25 p.m. PST

The OP second from bottom, appears to be an anti-communist and written in a language that uses the Cyrillic alphabet.

Cacique Caribe23 May 2018 5:01 p.m. PST


It is a Serbian poster, by Nazi sympathizers there:


There are also plenty of non-Nazi anti-Marxism posters from even before WW1 too! Contrary to what some kids have been made to believe today, you don't have to be a fascist to hate Marxism. :)

This one is from 1909, almost a decade before the Russian Revolution:


And I've also seen a few similar posters from the White Russians during the Russian Civil War, in their war against the Red Russians.

Today there's a trend to mislabel any anti-Marxism posters as automatically being propaganda posters by the Nazis or other pro-fascists. I don't think this is being done by accident.

PS. @Shadow
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dapeters24 May 2018 1:26 p.m. PST

Yes I thought it might be a white Russian, but unfortunately I am ignorant of the differences in Cyrillic scripts.

Serbian Nazi sympathizers, talk about a minority, they probably did not survive the war or the peace.

tsofian25 May 2018 2:15 p.m. PST

When my mother was a child in 1945 there were pictures from the concentration camps that were several stories high on the newspaper buildings in St. Louis. I would assume that during the war other huge images were displayed that way

AICUSV11 Jun 2018 7:45 p.m. PST

I once own copies of the same poster in 3 different sizes.

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