Collectable Vintage Posters

Since the mid 19th century, posters have been widely used to advertise products and events. Classified as ephemera, posters are printed sheets of paper designed to be thrown away after use. Many vintage posters are now considered highly collectable. During the First and Second World Wars, posters played an important part in propaganda and recruitment. Travel posters promoting destinations from around the world are also popular and often use the art deco theme to advertise must-go places. Both the music and film industries have widely used posters to promote upcoming music gigs, festivals, and movie releases. Film posters in particular can fetch record prices, especially for horror and science fiction films released before 1940. Railway posters, event posters, concert posters, pin-up posters are all considered collectable and are sought-after by collectors.

There are different criteria for what makes a poster collectable including scarcity, condition, and the image itself. Names to watch out for include Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, famously known for his Moulin Rouge posters, Jules Cheret who some credit as the "father of the modern poster" and A.M. Cassandre who is well known for the Normandie Poster (1935).

Many books have been written about posters and the art of collecting posters. In 2014, the most expensive book sold on AbeBooks was Les Maî de L'Affiche, a French art magazine that reproduced the finest posters at the height of the Art Nouveau movement. More than 100 artists were featured including Toulouse-Lautrec, William Nicholson and Maxfield Parrish.

Our selection below includes a varied selection of posters highlighting movie releases, art shows, boxing matches, political statements, concerts, musicians and more.


Collectable Vintage Posters

Designed by Hap Hadley, promoting the 1928 play Whispering Friends

Designed by Hap Hadley, promoting the 1928 play Whispering Friends

Famous Polish poster by Waldemar Swierzy promoting film Sunset Boulevard

Famous Polish poster by Waldemar Swierzy promoting film Sunset Boulevard

Judy Garland at Lincoln Center 1968

Judy Garland at Lincoln Center 1968

From The New Yorker - View of the World from 9th Ave 1976

From The New Yorker - View of the World from 9th Ave 1976

1978 poster named Classic Reflections

1978 poster named Classic Reflections

Printed in France in 1979 - Group of People

Printed in France in 1979 - Group of People

Features an illustration by Aner of a longhaired blonde youth wearing a stylized outfit.

Features an illustration by "Aner" of a longhaired blonde youth wearing a stylized outfit.

1974 poster depicting family of three

1974 poster depicting family of three

Spring in Germany poster from 1930

Spring in Germany poster from 1930

Original Poster dance at the State Theatre. May 1950

Original poster dance at the State Theatre, May 1950

Be Kind to Animals Week poster from 1940

Be Kind to Animals Week poster from 1940

1946 poster promting the noir film Gilda starring Rita Hayworth

1946 poster promting the noir film Gilda starring Rita Hayworth

Uncle Sam asks, are your children up to standard, 1918

Uncle Sam asks, are your children up to standard, 1918

1948 Barcelona Swimming Club

1948 Barcelona Swimming Club

A political poster in honor of the Marshall Plan (American aid to Europe after WW II) 1950

Political poster in honor of the Marshall Plan (American aid to Europe after WW II) 1950

1920 poster promoting Gilbert & Sullivan's opera The Gondoliers

1920 poster promoting Gilbert & Sullivan's opera The Gondoliers

1941 poster promoting Bohemian Nights event, artwork by Ray Sullivan

1941 poster promoting Bohemian Nights event, artwork by Ray Sullivan

General Idea exhibition poster

"General Idea" exhibition poster

Aeroplanes and airships color poster from 1916

Aeroplanes and airships color poster from 1916

Collier's February 7, 1942: China Gold: A Novel of War-Torn China by Pearl S. Buck Now on Sale

Collier's February 7, 1942: China Gold: A Novel of War-Torn China by Pearl S. Buck Now on Sale

Poster promoting the 1946 Barcelona trade fair

Poster promoting the 1946 Barcelona trade fair

Allen Jones Night Class, 1968

1968 lithographic poster published by London's Alecto Gallery

Bread and Roses 1978

Poster printed in 1978 by Bread and Roses Cultural Projects

Arman for Amnesty International 1977

Arman for Amnesty International printed in 1977

As Far As the Eye Can See 2007

Designed by Lawrenece Weiner for his Whitney exhibition during 2007

“I Had a Baby Out of Wedlock”: An enlightening authentic story for betting understanding. Woman’s Home Companion. 1952

This poster advertised the then-scandalous October 1952 life story of Emily Taylor, who struggled to raise her child as a single mother (1952)

This poster was published during the First World War, it is part of a series designed by the school children of Paris, to encourage the French to join the war effort. 1917

This poster was published during the First World War, it is part of a series designed by the school children of Paris, to encourage the French to join the war effort. 1917

Poster designed by Marc Chagall for an exhibition  at the  Galerie Maeght in June-July 1962, Paris.

Poster designed by Marc Chagall for an exhibition at the Galerie Maeght in June-July 1962, Paris.

As Far As the Eye Can See 2007

Poster and introductory letter in an envelope mailed to Intermedia magazine. Black and white. Poster is offset lithograph printed on both sides. 1979

1958 poster from the B-movie Daddy-O starring Dick Contino

1958 poster from the B-movie Daddy-O starring Dick Contino

D&ia Del Turista (The Tourist's Day) from 1967

Dia Del Turista (The Tourist's Day) from 1967

Vintage poster from 1965 promoting Darling Chérie, a movie starring Julie Christie who won the Academy Award for Best Actress

Vintage poster from 1965 promoting Darling Chérie, a movie starring Julie Christie who won the Academy Award for Best Actress

Exposició Bon from 1933 published by L'amic Del Llibre

Exposició Bon from 1933 published by L'amic Del Llibre

1929 poster promoting the Barcelona International Exhibition Spanish Village

1929 poster promoting the Barcelona International Exhibition Spanish Village

1952 poster published by Dodge Division promoting cars for a budget-minded family

1952 poster published by Dodge promoting cars for a "budget-minded family"

Psychedelic blacklight poster of a silhouetted woman springing from a flower against a background of vibrant blues, reds, and oranges. ca. 1970s.

Designed and signed by Egbert Herfurth in 1944 - a German graphic artist and painter

1967 poster and press release promoting a gallery opening in Montreal

1967 poster and press release promoting a gallery opening in Montreal

Psychedelic blacklight poster of a silhouetted woman springing from a flower against a background of vibrant blues, reds, and oranges. ca. 1970s.

Psychedelic blacklight poster of a silhouetted woman springing from a flower against a background of vibrant blues, reds, and oranges. ca. 1970s.

Attractive poster featuring a detail from the Annunciation by Fra Angelico

Attractive poster featuring a detail from the Annunciation by Fra Angelico - 1967

A Visit with Floyd Patterson. This Week in The Saturday Evening Post February 28, 1959

A Visit with Floyd Patterson. This Week in The Saturday Evening Post February 28, 1959

First Prize Grandma with Marijuana Plant Poster 1971

First Prize Grandma with Marijuana Plant Poster 1971

Color poster printed by Sint Hieronymus Press in California in 1983

Color poster printed by Sint Hieronymus Press in California in 1983

1961 poster promoting The Frightened City, an independent British thriller

1961 poster promoting The Frightened City, an independent British thriller starring Sean Connery and Herbert Lom

Produced for Miró's exhibition Aug-Oct 1966 at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo

Produced for Miró's exhibition Aug-Oct 1966 at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo

Attractive 1936 sepia toned ad from a Danish film magazine of the period for the depression hit comedy My Man Godfrey

Attractive 1936 sepia toned ad from a Danish film magazine of the period for the Depression hit comedy My Man Godfrey

1976 poster designed by Dana Bass who produced several feminist-themed posters during this period

1976 poster designed by Dana Bass who produced several feminist-themed posters during this period

$85.50
Fundació Joan Miró from 1975

Fundació Joan Miró from 1975

Full color poster from a Pathe Films trade supplement promoting the studios film product of 1927-28 and Hal Roach.

Full color poster from a Pathe Films trade supplement promoting the studio's movies of 1927-28 and Hal Roach.

Halte au trafic culturel from 1979

Halte au trafic culturel from 1979

The Hellstrom Chronicle - Original Folded One Sheet Movie Poster (1971)

The Hellstrom Chronicle - original folded one sheet movie poster (1971)

World Heavyweight Championship: Holyfield Tyson Fri. Nov. 8, 1991 (Original poster for the canceled 1991 boxing match)

World Heavyweight Championship: Holyfield Tyson Fri. Nov. 8, 1991 (Original poster for the canceled 1991 boxing match)

The original poster and brochure for the 2005 exhibit at Palazzo Squarcialupi in Siena

The original poster and brochure for the 2005 exhibit at Palazzo Squarcialupi in Siena

Poster of samurai with sword published by Pan America circa 1960

Poster of samurai with sword published by Pan Am Airlines circa 1960

Jaws' movie poster, insert style, of the original 1975 movie.

Jaws' movie poster, insert style, of the original 1975 movie.

Original Folded One Sheet Movie Poster (1976)

Original Folded One Sheet Movie Poster (1976)

Johnny Copeland, Original Vintage Concert 1981 Poster, Uptown Stage Door,Kansas City

Johnny Copeland, Original Vintage Concert 1981 Poster, Uptown Stage Door,Kansas City

John Lennon and Yoko Ono Poster from Circus Magazine 1971

John Lennon and Yoko Ono Poster from Circus Magazine 1971

Kool & the Gang with Special Guest Star Cheryl Lynn. Fri. Sept. 25, 1981 Concord Pavilion

Kool & the Gang with Special Guest Star Cheryl Lynn. Fri. Sept. 25, 1981 Concord Pavilion

The inter-European cooperation for higher living standards 1950

The inter-European cooperation for higher living standards 1950

Leave the Fear of Red to Horned Beasts (1970)

Leave the Fear of Red to Horned Beasts (1970)

Blue Water, White Death- Original Folded One Sheet Movie Poster (1971)

Blue Water, White Death- Original Folded One Sheet Movie Poster (1971)

Man of Iron 1972 Kung Fu Movie Poster

Man of Iron 1972 Kung Fu Movie Poster

$95
Marilyn the Musical Poster (1980)

Marilyn the Musical Poster (1980)

Munchen Gallery Art Poster: Experiment Weltuntergang

Munchen Gallery Art Poster: Experiment Weltuntergang

No S'admetan Bonas Festas

No S'admetan Bonas Festas

Not Tonight Henry (1960)

Not Tonite, Henry! (1960)

Pastels du Musee Carnavalet 1984

Pastels du Musee Carnavalet 1984

Affichette de l'Exposition Internationale Paris 1937 Signée par l'auteur CARLU

Affichette de l'Exposition Internationale Paris 1937 Signed by artist Carlos Botelho

25th Anniversary of Port Columbus: Airgate to the Nation, 1954

25th Anniversary of Port Columbus: Airgate to the Nation, 1954

Devorss, Billy / Posing Pretty, Vintage Original 1930's Pin-up Poster

Billy DeVorss, posing pretty, vintage original 1930's pin-up poster

Save a Loaf a Week Help Win the War – World War 1 era

Save a Loaf a Week Help Win the War - World War 1 era

British Railways Poster: St. Andrews (1957)

British Railways Poster: St. Andrews, Scotland (1957)

Promotional poster for the Star Wars prequel, Episode 1

Promotional poster for the Star Wars prequel, Episode 1

Vii Gran Cabalgata De Barcelona (1965)

Vii Gran Cabalgata De Barcelona (1965)

Victorian Photography. Arts Council. A Festival of Britain Exhibition, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (1951).

Victorian Photography. Arts Council. A Festival of Britain Exhibition, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (1951).

Waterwheel at Merton Industrial Archaeology by Richard Bawden, 1969

Waterwheel at Merton Industrial Archaeology by Richard Bawden, 1969

We Are Now in This War (1942)

We Are Now in This War (1942)

Shakespeare Festival - Published by Stratford-on-Avon: Abercrombie and Shawcross., 1967

Shakespeare Festival - Published by Stratford-on-Avon: Abercrombie and Shawcross., 1967

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