MOVIE POSTER COLLECTORS AUTHENTICATION

WOODSTOCK STYLE C MOVIE POSTER

 

Recently, a previously unknown “Style C” of the Woodstock poster (left below) has flooded Ebay.  The sellers on Ebay are stating the following: “FROM THE ESTATE OF A PROJECTIONIST IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE. WARNER BROTHERS GAVE HIM A ROLL OF THEM TO 'WILD' THE TOWN WITH FOR THE PREMIERE OF 'WOODSTOCK' IN THE EARLY 1970'S - HE KEPT THEM INSTEAD & THEY WERE DISTRIBUTED TO VARIOUS POSTER DEALERS ON EBAY WHEN HE DIED.”  The seller who sold mine said he personally saw the roll, which he claimed had “edge damage.” In the lower right corner there is an unusual handwritten “C” and a typed “Style.” (See below right).

Other than the “C Style” notation it is exactly identical to the previously-known “Style B” poster, seen below left (picture from www.emovieposter.com) with notation “Style B” (below).  It is also similar to the “Wilding” Style C sold by Heritage (below right).

The paper on mine is thin and seems similar to other posters from that era.

My copy is exactly 27x41. The LPIU logo is perfectly clear and sharp.  I have never seen a digital production with a clear union logo, so I do not believe it is any sort of digital reproduction.

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Update September 2011:  MPGrading.com reports that the suspected bootleg was printed on paper used beginning in the late 1980s.  Accordingly, it is most likely a bootleg or a commercial poster.


Table 1. Fiber Identification of B-Style

Softwood bleached kraft – Hard Pine (Except Red & Scotch)

Hardwood bleached kraft – Redgum, Sycamore, Yellow-poplar, Blackgum, Maple

Coating flakes are yellowish

Appears to be a Southern Mix

Spot test implies this sample is most consistent with paper from before the late 1980’s.


Table 2. Fiber Identification of C-Style

Softwood bleached kraft – [Spruce and/or Hemlock], Hard Pine (Except Red & Scotch)

Hardwood bleached kraft – Populus spp., Birch

Hardwood bleached sulfite – Populus spp.

Coating flakes are yellowish

Appears to be a Northern Mix

Spot test implies this sample is most consistent with paper from the late 1980’s and

after.


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Below is a side by side visual comparison to show there is absolutely color differences in the two posters. Under a loop there is nothing detectible.


However, the ink used in the style C is very different especially when we placed both posters on a light table. The Colors of the style B stay bold, but when the style C is placed the the light table the colors wash out almost completely.

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Update May 2013: Brian P., a former usher and theater manager, says that he and his father worked together in a theater in Lima Ohio.  His theater received over a thousand Woodstock Style Cs.  Brian can’t recall the exact date but believes it was in the late 1970s or early 1980s.  Apparently, these were supposed to be distributed to other theaters in the same chain but never were.  The posters were supposed to be given away to patrons but no one took them.  The theater manager told his father to throw them away but the father kept them and Brian later inherited them.  Brian says he has been giving copies of these away for years.  Brian moved to Nashville and has been a theater manager and union stage hand.  Three years ago he sold 400 of the “best copies” to a Nashville collector, who resold them to various movie posters dealers.  Brian says he still has 700 of these posters.


An ad from the May 23, 1972 version of the Lima Ohio newspaper proves that local theaters in Lima were giving away original Woodstock posters: