Theatre poster – Smithy

This poster is from the theatre production of “Smithy” based on the life of Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith MC, AFC (9 February 1897 – 8 November 1935).  Movie posters survived because theatre owners were obliged to send them along to the next theater.  A smaller variant of the poster, the lobby card (or window card), is more widely available because theatres were allowed to add their names to the cards and keep them.  Beginning in the 1940s, theatres were able to buy additional copies of the larger sized posters, known as one-sheets, and keep those, too.  These later posters are generally marked with the year and edition number.


If you have information about this poster that would be useful for our catalogue contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection TN.0013.25.

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