We buy and sell posters and think you will find our site the easiest and best website to use on the internet for that purpose. It was designed by a poster collector with the poster collector / first time shopper in mind. Below are some answers to questions that explain what we buy, sell and how we trade. Of course if you have more questions,we want to hear from you, so please don't hesitate to contact All About Movies and we will respond within 24 hrs or sooner.
Placing orders at All About Movies is both easy and flexible. You can place an order by our secure e-Commerce online ordering system or by phoning an order on 0419 736 441 nominating what you wish to purchase, we still believe in the old fashion way of talking to real people.
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All parcels are sent by Australia Post and traveling time varies based on the destination. If you would like further information on an approximate arrival, please contact us. Overseas orders are sent by Standard Airmail with tracking,unless otherwise requested eg EXPRESS post is available, before shipment) and with Paypal protection.Yes we will insure deliveries upon request. Simply make a note of this in the notes section in the checkout and we will contact you with a quote.
Our shipping rates for both Standard and EXPRESS are based on Australia Post charges (which have recently risen) for sending items within Australia and Internationally plus a small fee for secure packaging.As collectors, we know how important it is to have a parcel that is well packaged. All deliveries come with tracking unless it is not offered by the destination (eg certain overseas countries). We do recommend EXPRESS post over standard as it is being treated at Australia Post with more priority than standard mail.EXPRESS post charges are automatically inserted during the checkout process when the EXPRESS post option is selected.Charges in Australian Dollars for Standard Mail are as follows and are automatically inserted at the checkout. Need to discuss these charges or are unsure about your destination contact All About Movies
Note: For international customers,it is the responsibilty of the customer and not All About Movies to pay any Customs duties that may be incurred once the delivery enters the destination country.
What original movie memorabilia we sell
Australian Daybill Movie Posters
Australian Daybill Movie Posters measured approximately 15" x 40" or 38cm x 101cm from the 1920s through to the early 1940s and came with a border at the top for screening details. After that Australian Daybill Movie Posters mostly measured 13" x 30" or 33cm x 77cm (the size varied depending on year and studio). With the release of the 'mini-Daybill' in the late 1980's, the Australian Daybill experienced another size variation as it was issued rolled and appeared alot smaller in size-13" x 26" or 33cm x 66cm. Since the 1990's, Daybill Movie Posters have become scarce and are highly sort after because of their full artwork in many cases and unique size that is ideal for framing.
Australian One Sheet Movie Posters
Australian One Sheet movie posters measured approximately 27" x 40" or 68cm x 100cm post 1985.Prior to that, Australian One Sheet movie posters were slightly larger in size typically 27" x 41" or 68cm x 104cm approx. Although Australian One Sheet movie posters were made for most U.S. movies of the 1920s to 1950s (sometimes with similar art, sometimes with different art), they were often more rare than the corresponding U.S. movie poster - possibly as few as 200 One Sheet movie posters were printed for films up to 1950.These factors explain the rarity of the Australian One Sheet movie poster when compared to the USA one sheet movie poster in some cases. Printed on paper stock the movie posters pre-1985 were issued to the cinemas folded and post 1985 movie posters were issued rolled mostly with some exceptions.
USA One Sheet Movie Posters
One-Sheets are the standard movie poster size and are what you see outside of any movie theatre. From 1896 until roughly 1990, almost all actual theatre-used one-sheets measured 27" x 41" (since then, most one-sheets measure 27" x 40"). Up until 1980 (or thereabouts) the vast majority of one-sheets were folded twice horizontally and once vertically (this is in no way considered a defect). Sometime during the late '70s, studios began printing one-sheets rolled. Most one-sheets after the mid-1980s are printed unfolded, though it is still possible to find some newer posters folded. More recent one-sheets are printed double-sided (with a mirror image on the back) for use in a light box in front of the theatres. However, sometimes the studios print some posters single-sided. USA one sheets have the NSS number at the bottom right hand corner which indicates they are of USA origin but the one sheet can also be a USA origin poster and not have a NSS marking and simply have 'Printed In The USA' on it and be printed for a International release by the studio. Often this poster will have no ratings box on the artwork and a ratings snipe will be used by the intended country.
Australian Movie Photosheet Posters
For a period of time, Australian movie poster printers made what became known as Australian movie lobby card posters or Australian movie Photosheets. These movie posters combined six movie Lobby Card images with a credits banner at the bottom. Some frugal movie theatre owners would cut them up and use them as inferior movie poster Lobby Cards. The Australian movie poster Photosheet measures the same as or slightly larger than Australian one sheet movie posters and are normally folded in the same way. As cinema owners would normally cut them up, to find this type of movie poster intact is now quite rare and as they are no longer being made they have become highly collectible.
Australian and U.S.A. Movie Lobby Cards / Sets
Lobby Card sets were issued to cinemas to promote the film showing.Originally most Lobby Card sets were numbered and had a different scene appearing on each Lobby Card. Sometimes older movie Lobby Card sets included what was called a 'Title' Lobby Card which would be a ninth card. In older Lobby Card sets the cards usually were printed on heavier and more durable Lobby Card stock and displayed the film credits. Lobby Card sets made for today's films are often on not as durable stock and don't always have the film's credits. Sizes of an individual Lobby Card within the sets vary but the most sort after are 11" x 14" (standard) followed by 8" x 10" (mini) and the more modern day 14" x 17" (jumbo).
Movie Press Books / Sheets
Movie Press Books were first used in the 1910's and are still widely used today although Movie Press Books are now more like printed notes and have fewer pictures (if any). In some cases Movie Press Books are now simply documents you download. A Movie Press Book or Movie Press Sheet was part of the Movie Press Kit, and contained information a Movie Studio chose to release about a particular film. These are original items and were designed for members of the press and cinema industry to use as a tool in promoting the film.Often Movie Press Sheets or Movie Press Books will discuss the stars, their characters and locations involved in the storyline.Sometimes Movie Press Sheets and Movie Press Books will make a mention what different types of movie posters are available for a movie cinema to use (although this is no longer included in present day versions).You might find the Movie Press Kit or Movie Press Book would come with a few 8x10 Movie Stills (black and white) of the movie stars or movie director that were involved with the film.
Turn your movie memorabilia stash into $$$ cash
If you have movie posters,lobby cards or other memorabilia that you consider trash or just unwanted but would like to turn into $$$$CASH , contact us and you will be surprised what you can get for your unwanted items. Many people find themselves with collections of memorabilia from past relatives or past travels and no longer have a need for them. Some collections take up too much space in the home and are more trouble than what they are worth. If you are in a situation like this, now is the time to act. Putting it in poster terms, we are always interested in Daybill movie posters,One Sheet movie posters,Lobby Cards,Press Books, Press Sheets, Movie Stills, UK Quad Posters, USA Poster Inserts, USA One sheets just to name a few.
These movie posters can come from ALL genres , stars & characters of movies - some of the more common categories are :
Westerns,War, Vintage Classic, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Cult Film, Carry On Films, Film Noir, Silent Films etc.
James Bond 007, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, James Dean, Steve McQueen, Cary Grant, Errol Flynn, Alfred Hitchcock
John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Batman, Superman, Marilyn Monroe, Clint Eastwood
Grading is not a simple process and can be very subjective. We try to accurately grade our items using the six categories below.
The item in question has no pin holes, tears, tape marks, edge wear, ratings snipes, folds or stains.In the case of most Daybills / One sheets folds are not a fault
If an item's condition is described as this then it is likely to have been used but carefully so.The image artwork area will be in excellent condition and a few clean pin holes in the borders may or may not be apparent from being displayed in the cinema .Some light edge wear may be apparent from storage or from the previous owner. Matting and framing will easily hide this minor imperfection. In the case of factory folded posters such as Australian Daybills and certain one sheets, these may have slight wear on the fold creases from storage, the age of the poster often can determine this.
The item would have been carefully used.The image would be clear of any defects with the possible exception of clean pin holes, small scuffs or wrinkles.You may find one or two clean pieces of tape in corners only.Some slight edge wear may potentially also be present. A 'Bleed' (the name of the poster) has been written on the border area of the poster. Foxing marks may be present (due to the age of the poster but only usually in the border areas (unless specified).The item will matt and frame up nicely hiding what are mostly border imperfections.
An item of this condition may have pin holes in corners, some slight scuffing or light wear in the image area. In the case of a poster, heavier wear may be present along the fold creases and some small tears along the edges could be present. A Bleed could also exist. An item of this grading condition will display nicely as these imperfections are largely on the edge and any good framer will be able to disguise these with matting and a decent frame. Alternatively in the case of a poster, the "Linen Backing" restoration process could be considered.
Typically this type of item will show its imperfections and restoration could be an option.Some staining or fading could be present along with tearing or paper separation. In the case of posters, this tearing could be in some instances along the machine folded creases. In the case of posters, by restoration we would suggest "Linen Backing" depending on how much the title means to the customer.
Poor To Fair
Major restoration is required.Pieces of the image could be missing in key areas and the item could be significantly stained.All of the above imperfections in the categories mentioned would be present. You would only consider buying an item in this condition if you were prepared to restore it and still live with certain defects that may not be able to be repaired. Often a very rare item that is rarely seen comes into this category and is the only way you can obtain it.
Linen Backing Posters - The Process And When Should It Be Done
"Linen backing" is a process that is used to restore and preserve movie posters (the best restorers de-acidify the poster during the restoration process), and to make them far easier to display (it is much easier and less expensive to frame a linen backed poster). However it should be noted that you do not Linen Back 'Card Stock', memorabilia such as Lobby Cards / Half Sheets / Inserts or Window Cards.The best process for these is a process called 'Paper Backing' which is similar to Linen Backing. Furthermore Linen Backing cannot be done to posters that have been laminated as lamination cannot be reversed.But for now we will continue to explain Linen backing. When linen backing is done correctly, it adds to the value of the poster, and is NOT a defect! When a poster (especially a vintage one) has "condition issues" that would interfere with enjoying it being displayed, many collectors choose to have the poster professionally "linen backed". It is a process that ends with it mounted onto a linen backing (with Japanese rice paper between the poster and the linen) and this makes the poster far easier to frame, removing most and sometimes all of its defects. It is important to note that heavy restoration does not make a poster worthless, but it can lower the value depending on how much restoration was required. If for example the restorer repainted virtually the entire poster in order to make the new areas "blend" in with the old, then such restoration should greatly lessen the value. The most important thing to recognize is that there's nothing wrong with restoration (especially on rare items), as long as it's well done by an experienced professional.
What is involved in linen backing a poster? Simply put, the poster is often first immersed in a liquid bath that de-acidifies the poster and lightly bleaches it. The bleaching is hopefully light enough that stains are removed but the printed inks are unaffected. Then the poster is mounted on Japanese rice paper, and then both are mounted on linen. The linen is on a stretcher, and then the restorer begins by patching missing areas, and then carefully painting in whatever has been lost, hopefully matching what was originally there as closely as possible. The folds present a special problem, as often old posters will separate partially or entirely when they are immersed. So painting may be necessary along every fold. Finally, the poster is cut from the stretcher, and around an inch of border is left all around the poster.
So why is it done? There are a few clear advantages. The poster is not fragile anymore and is much easier and probably less expensive to frame.Of course it will look far superior visually, for it will lay perfectly flat, and most of the defects will be fixed. What are the negatives? It is expensive. If you have a lot of posters, restoration costs add up quickly. Many collectors with limited budgets would rather buy more posters than spend money on restoration.
When should you have restoration performed? It is a very personal decision, and the poster community is somewhat divided. If a poster is showing signs of wear to the extent that it is likely to deteriorate sooner than later then it is an obvious choice to proceed. If the poster is in very fine to near mint condition, then some would say, don’t get it linen backed but rather have it professionally archivally framed and matted to ensure it is kept correctly. However, if there are enough signs of wear in the buyer’s opinion that they would like them corrected and the poster is not yet deteriorating, then linen backing is an option. In conclusion, never attempt amateur restoration, you are best to leave it unrestored (not linen backed) until you can afford to have it done professionally.
Note: All About Movies are not Linen Backers and any advice given here is based on years of experience as collectors.You are welcome to contact us for recommended professionals.