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"2001: A Space Odyssey / 2001 Odyseja Kosmiczna" Original Polish Movie Poster
By Wiktor Gorka
Located in London, GB
Original Polish movie poster for Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey The artist Wiktor Gorka chose to depict Hal, the ship's computer, as the main element of this stylish Polish ...
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Vintage 1960s Polish Posters

Silent Movie, Polish A1 Film Movie Poster, Flisak 1976
By Jerzy Flisak 1
Located in Bath, Somerset
Some more fabulously inventive and original artwork by Polish School of Posters artist Jerzy Flisak, this time for the 1970s Polish film poster for Mel Brook's Silent Movie. Love it....
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Westworld, Polish Film Movie Poster, Mlodozeniec, 1976
By Jan Mlodozeniec
Located in Bath, Somerset
Clean, crisp and bold artwork by Mlodozeniec features on the Polish film poster for sci-fi classic Westworld. Fantastic colours. This original vintage molvie poster is sized 22 3/...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

BACKFIRE 1989, Polish B1 Film Movie Poster, Wasilewski
Located in Bath, Somerset
The original Polish film poster for 80s American thriller Backfire (Rykoszet) features a typically inventive, fluid and minimalist monochrome design by Wasilewski. This vintage mo...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

Labyrinth 1987 Polish B1 Film Movie Poster, Walkuski
By Wieslaw Walkuski
Located in Bath, Somerset
Labyrinth 1987 Polish B1 Film Movie Poster, Walkuski The charming original Polish film poster for Jim Henson's Labyrinth featuring a lovely image of Ludo and some wonderful typogr...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

Nashville 1976 Polish A1 Film Movie Poster, Klimowski
By Andrzej Klimowski
Located in Bath, Somerset
Wonderful original Polish film poster for Robert Altman's lauded Nashville. Typically edgy design by Klimowski. This vintage movie poster is sized 22 5/8 x 31 1/2 inches. It will ...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

Bullitt 1971 Polish A1 Film Movie Poster, Stachurski
Located in Bath, Somerset
Bullitt 1971 polish A1 film movie poster, Stachurski Fantastic retro design on this 1971 (first-year-of-release in Poland) Polish film poster for American action thriller classic ...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

E.T. 1984 Polish Film Movie Poster 1984, LAKOMSKI
By Andrzej Pagowski 1
Located in Bath, Somerset
Extremely rare regional first-year-of-release Polish film poster for Spileberg's much-loved classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Used in conjunction with the other Erol Polish E.T. po...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

Jaws 2 1979 Polish B1 Film Movie Poster, Lutczyn
By Edward Lutczyn
Located in Bath, Somerset
The poster with plenty of bite. Double in fact! We adore Lutczyn's wonderful double-jawed shark design on the Polish film poster for the Jaws sequel. A very inventive derivative f...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper, Linen

Blue Velvet, Polish Film Movie Poster, Jan Mlodozeniec, 1987
By Jan Mlodozeniec
Located in Bath, Somerset
Typically original and alternative artwork feature on the Polish B2 poster, successfully evoking the surreal and noir aspects of David Lynch’s acclaimed Blue Velvet with a bold and s...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

Fatal Beauty 1989 Polish B1 Film Movie Poster, Marszalek
By Grzegorz Marszalek
Located in Bath, Somerset
Fatal Beauty 1989 Polish B1 film movie poster, Marszalek A fantastic Pop Art design by Grzegorz Marszalek features on the Polish film poster for 80s crime caper Fatal Beauty starr...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

The Boyfriend 1973 Polish A1 Film Movie Poster, Erol
By Jakub Erol
Located in Bath, Somerset
The Boyfriend 1973 Polish A1 film movie poster, Erol Superb pop-art style design of Twiggy by Polish School of Posters maestro Jakub Erol features on this original Polish film pos...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

Stolen Kisses 1969 Polish A1 Film Movie Poster, Zbikowski
By Maciej Zbikowski
Located in Bath, Somerset
Stolen Kisses 1969 Polish A1 film movie poster, Zbikowski We love this original Polish film poster for François Truffaut's classic romcom Baisers volés (Stolen Kisses). Super pop ...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

The Poseidon Adventure 1976 Polish Film Movie Poster, Wasilewski
By Mieczysław Wasilewski
Located in Bath, Somerset
The Poseidon Adventure 1976 Polish film movie poster, Wasilewski Fabulous original Polish film poster for classic disaster flick The Poseidon Adventure. Superb wacky design by Was...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

The Last Detail, Polish A1 Film Movie Poster, Flisak 1976
By Jerzy Flisak 1
Located in Bath, Somerset
The original polish film poster for Hal Ashby's acclaimed The Last Detail starring powerfully performances by Jack Nicholson and Randy Quaid. Another wonderfully inventive design ...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

My Night with Maud, Polish Film Movie Poster, Mlodozeniec, 1969
By Jan Mlodozeniec
Located in Bath, Somerset
Fantastic original Polish film poster for Éric Rohmer's Ma nuit chez Maud (My Night with Maud). We love Mlodozeniec design for the acclaimed French New Wave classic. This original...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

The Great Gatsby 1975 Polish A1 Film Movie Poster, Flisak
By Jerzy Flisak 1
Located in Bath, Somerset
The charming Art Deco infused Polish film poster for The Great Gatsby starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. Wonderfully quirky design by Flisak. This vintage movie poster is siz...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

'Ulysses' Original Vintage Movie Poster by Wiktor Gorka, Polish, 1957
By Wiktor Gorka
Located in Devon, GB
A simplified adaptation of Homer's 'Odyssey,' the 1954 Italian fantasy-adventure film 'Ulysses' follows the warrior king on his wandering ten year journey home to Ithaca after the Tr...
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Vintage 1950s Polish Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Weekend at Bernie's 1990 Polish Film Movie Poster, Jakub Erol
By Jakub Erol
Located in Bath, Somerset
Weekend At Bernie's 1990 Polish Film Movie Poster, Jakub Erol Erol's artwork for the Polish first-year-of-release poster for 80s comedy Weekend's At Bernie's is wonderfully invent...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

'An American In Paris' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Polish, 1958
By Waldemar Swierzy
Located in Devon, GB
Inspired by a 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin, MGM's classic 1951 musical "An American In Paris" starred Gene Kelly as an American ex-GI who remains in Paris after the...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Polish B1 Film Movie Poster, Kalkus 1990
Located in Bath, Somerset
A wonderfully inventive playing card design by Katkus features on the Polish film poster for 80s comedy caper Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin. By far ...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

Vertigo 1963 Polish A1 Film Movie Poster, Cieslewicz, Linen Backed
By Roman Cieslewicz
Located in Bath, Somerset
Vertigo 1963 Polish A1 film movie poster, Cieslewicz The extremely rare and wonderful Polish film poster for Hitchcock's Vertigo. Once seen, Cieslewicz design is, like the film it...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Alfred Hitchcock 'The Birds' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Polish, 1968
By Bronislaw Zelek
Located in Devon, GB
One of the most sought after and influential film posters to emerge from the Polish School, Bronislaw Zelek's Stark and captivating design for the first Polish release of Hitchcock's...
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Vintage 1960s Polish Post-Modern Posters

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Paper

Panic in Needle Park 1972 Polish A1 Film Movie Poster, Ruminski
Located in Bath, Somerset
A colourful and certainly eye-catching design by Tomasz Ruminski features on this wonderful original Polish film poster for Panic in Needle Park starring Al Pacino and Kitty Winn. Su...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

'Taxi Driver' Original Vintage Movie Poster by Andrzej Klimowski, Polish, 1978
By Andrzej Klimowski
Located in Devon, GB
Set amidst the moral decay of New York City following the Vietnam War and Watergate scandal, Martin Scorsese's 1976 psychological thriller 'Taxi Driver' starred Robert De Niro as a l...
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Vintage 1970s Polish Post-Modern Posters

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Paper

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1983 Polish Film Movie Poster, Erol
By Jakub Erol
Located in Bath, Somerset
The original Polish film poster for Spielberg's cherished classic Raiders of the Lost Ark. Another fine design by one of the undisputed masters of the Polish School of Posters, Jakub...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

'Moulin Rouge' Original Vintage Movie Poster by Lucjan Jagodzinski, Polish, 1957
Located in Devon, GB
Based on the novel by Pierre La Mure, the 1952 British film 'Moulin Rouge' is a fictionalized account of the life of street artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec as he pursues his art in ...
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Vintage 1950s Polish Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

High Plains Drifter 1975 Polish Film Movie Poster, Freudenreich, Clint Eastwood
Located in Bath, Somerset
High Plains Drifter 1975 Polish film movie poster, Freudenreich, Clint Eastwood Fantastic original vintage Polish film poster for Clint Eastwood's classic western High Plains Drif...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

Harry and the Hendersons 1988 Polish A1 Film Movie Poster, Jakub Erol
By Jakub Erol
Located in Bath, Somerset
Wonderful bigfoot (or should it be big-hand!) artwork by Erol for 80s comedy caper Harry and the Hendersons. The original vintage poster is sized 26 1/4 x 37 7/8. Sent rolled (unf...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

Bridge on the River Kwa, Polish B1 Film Movie Poster, Wasilewski 1988
Located in Bath, Somerset
Another wonderfully contemporary design by Wasilewski features on this original Polish film poster for classic The Bridge on the River Kwai. This vintage movie poster is sized 26 ...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

Star Wars 'The Empire Strikes Back' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Polish, 1983
By Jakub Erol
Located in Devon, GB
Although Western films were shown during the Soviet era in the Communist Bloc, American publicity materials were banned, allowing the state-commissioned artists to operate with total...
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Vintage 1980s Polish Post-Modern Posters

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Paper

King Kong Escapes 1968 Polish A1 Film Movie Poster, Mosinski, Linen Backed
By Marek Mosiński
Located in Bath, Somerset
King Kong Escapes 1968 Polish A1 film movie poster, Mosinski Fantastic brooding Kong artwork by Marek Mosinski features on the original first-year-of-release Polish film poster for ...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Linen, Paper

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1985 Polish B1 Film Movie Poster, Jaeschke
Located in Bath, Somerset
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1985 Film Poster - The Polish poster for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom featuring fab artwork by Jaeschke of a very laid-back Indy! This...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

Journey to the Far Side of the Sun Polish Film Movie Poster, 1974, Mlodozeniec
By Jan Mlodozeniec
Located in Bath, Somerset
We adore Mlodozeniec's striking design for the original polish film poster for British sci-fi Journey to the far side of the sun. Sumptuous colors. Vintage movie poster is sized 2...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

1930s Television Movie Photo Studio Camera Lights Boom PMCo Lamps Industrial
By Minispot Photogenic Machine Co.
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Wild studio lights. Pair. Vintage industrial photogenic machine company Theater TV Studio floor lamps. Rewired with original line switches. Measures: W 55 x D 25 x H 38 to 82 in....
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Vintage 1930s American Industrial Floor Lamps

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Steel, Iron

German Art Déco Bell Shaped Baby Grand Ebonized Black Glossy Silent Movie
By Carl Mand
Located in Ettlingen, DE
Rare Carl Mand bell shaped baby grand piano serial number 51551, manufactured in Koblenz, Germany, 1910. Carl Mand was renowned for his very fine pianos, he produced top end quality...
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Vintage 1910s European Art Deco Musical Instruments

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Iron

Grenoble Original Vintage Polish Film Movie Poster, Marek Mojinski, 1968
By Marek Mosiński
Located in Bath, Somerset
Spectacular vintage Polish poster for the French documentary about the 1968 Winter Olympics in France 13 jours en France (a.k.a. Grenoble). Very cool artwork by Mojinski. Excellen...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

Ofelia Polish Movie Poster by Witold Janowski, 1964
Located in Tarnowskie Gory, Sląskie
Ofelia original polish movie poster by Witold Janowski, 1964. French movie directed by Claude Chabrol.
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Vintage 1960s Polish Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

  • Ofelia Polish Movie Poster by Witold Janowski, 1964
  • Ofelia Polish Movie Poster by Witold Janowski, 1964
  • Ofelia Polish Movie Poster by Witold Janowski, 1964
  • Ofelia Polish Movie Poster by Witold Janowski, 1964
H 33.08 in. W 23.04 in. D 0.04 in.
Vintage "Fatalny Dzień" Polish Movie Poster by Andrzej Bertrandt, 1970
By Andrzej Bertrandt
Located in Tarnowskie Gory, Sląskie
Vintage "Fatalny Dzien" Polish movie poster by Andrzej Bertrandt, 1970. Printed by CWF.
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Vintage 1970s Polish Modern Posters

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Paper

Vintage Polish Sniper Movie Poster by Danuta Bagińska-Andrejew, 1980
Located in Tarnowskie Gory, Sląskie
This original Sniper (Polish: 'Rewolwer') movie poster from 1980 was designed by Danuta Baginska-Andrejew (Danka).   
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Vintage 1980s Polish Other Posters

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Paper

Midcentury Polished Theatre Stage Movie Light on Tripod by Rank Strand Patt.123
Located in Pickering, North Yorkshire
A wonderful original Rank Strand pattern 123 polished alloy stage light on tripod. Fully restored, rewired and PAT tested.  
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Aluminum

Vintage Polish Cien Movie Poster by Wojciech Zamecznik for CWF, 1956
By Wojciech Zamecznik
Located in Tarnowskie Gory, Sląskie
This original Polish Cien movie poster was designed by Wojciech Zamecznik in 1956. Wojciech Zamecznik (1923-1967), graphic and poster artist, photographer, exhibition designer. ...
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Vintage 1950s Polish Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

"Vintage Polish Mondo Cane" Movie Poster by Wojciech Zamecznik for CWF, 1964
By Wojciech Zamecznik
Located in Tarnowskie Gory, Sląskie
This original “Polish Mondo Cane” movie poster was designed by Wojciech Zamecznik in 1964. Wojciech Zamecznik (1923-1967), graphic and poster artist, photographer, exhibition desi...
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Vintage 1960s Polish Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Vintage Polish Koniec Nocy Movie Poster by Jan Młodożeniec for CWF, 1956
Located in Tarnowskie Gory, Sląskie
This original Polish Koniec Nocy movie poster was designed by Jan Mlodozeniec in 1956. 2 panel poster, 2 x horizontal A1 size. Jan Mlodozeniec (1929-2000) was a Polish graphic de...
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Vintage 1950s Polish Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Vintage Polish The Muppet Movie Poster by Andrzej Pągowski for XRF, 1982
By Andrzej Pagowski 1
Located in Tarnowskie Gory, Sląskie
This original Polish The Muppet Movie poster was designed by Andrzej Pagowski in 1982. In good condition with minor discoloration in the upper part of the poster. Visible fold line...
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Vintage 1980s Polish Other Posters

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Paper

Arriflex Model 16ST Movie Camera, Complete Working, C. 1950. As Sculpture. SALE.
Located in Dallas, TX
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NOTE: This Antique May Qualify For Our GALLERY WIDE ~EXTRA~ 10-25% OFF SALE, Going On NOW. Please Inquire. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...
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Mid-20th Century German Industrial More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Arriflex Circa 1950 Model M Movie Camera W Rare 1200' Film Magazine As Sculpture
Located in Dallas, TX
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NOTE: This Antique May Qualify For Our GALLERY WIDE ~EXTRA~ 10-20% OFF SALE, Going On NOW. Please Inquire. ~~~~...
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Mid-20th Century German Industrial More Furniture and Collectibles

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Aluminum

Cinema Newsreel Movie Camera, as Sculpture, All Original with Wood Tripod, Deco
By Auricon and Berndt Bach Inc 1
Located in Dallas, TX
Offered for your consideration is this all original, factory correct, circa 1953. Bach-Auricon 16 mm Motion Picture Newsreel Camera package. Offered on a correct factory original woo...
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Mounted Objects

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Aluminum, Steel

Movie Studio 1939 Light on Vintage Stand, W/Factory Finish As Sculpture. ON SALE
By Mole Richardson Company
Located in Dallas, TX
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NOTE: This Antique May Qualify For Our GALLERY WIDE ~EXTRA~ 10-25% OFF SALE, Going On NOW. Please Inquire. ~~~~~...
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Floor Lamps

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Steel

Arriflex Movie Camera Blimp Housing, c Mid-20th. Large as Sculpture TAKE 24% OFF
Located in Dallas, TX
Submitted for your consideration, is this Arriflex Professional Cinema Camera Blimp Housing. This unit is intended to have a cinema camera installed inside and acted as a soundproof...
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Mid-20th Century German Industrial More Furniture and Collectibles

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Aluminum

Feature Film Camera Used On James Bond Movies, Movie Cam, C. 1980s Works ON SALE
By Moviecam Corporation
Located in Dallas, TX
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NOTE: This Antique May Qualify For Our GALLERY WIDE ~EXTR...
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20th Century Austrian Industrial Historical Memorabilia

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Aluminum, Stainless Steel

Polish Movie Poster Design by A. Pagowski
By Andrzej Pagowski 1
Located in Hudson, NY
Polish movie posters are known for their offbeat graphics. Original print from 1979.
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Vintage 1970s Polish Modern Posters

  • Polish Movie Poster Design by A. Pagowski
  • Polish Movie Poster Design by A. Pagowski
  • Polish Movie Poster Design by A. Pagowski
  • Polish Movie Poster Design by A. Pagowski
H 39 in. W 26.75 in. D 1 in.
Avant -Garde Polish Movie Posters by Andrzej Pagowsk
By Andrzej Pagowsk
Located in Ferndale, MI
Collection of Avant -Garde Polish Movie Posters by Andrzej Pagowsk. $850.00 each
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Late 20th Century Polish Posters

Omen Original Polish Film Movie Poster, 1977
Located in Bath, Somerset
You can always count on vintage Polish film posters to throw up some extraordinarily original artwork. Often challenging, confrontational and, invariably, eye-catching, and the Polis...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

  • Omen Original Polish Film Movie Poster, 1977
  • Omen Original Polish Film Movie Poster, 1977
  • Omen Original Polish Film Movie Poster, 1977
  • Omen Original Polish Film Movie Poster, 1977
H 37.5 in. W 26.5 in. D 0.1 in.
'Camera Buff' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Polish, 1979
Located in Devon, GB
A simply superb poster by Andrzej Krauze for Krzysztof Kieslowski‘s 1979 satirical comedy 'Camera Buff' ('Amator'). Set in late 1970s Communist Poland, the film followed a humble Kra...
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Vintage 1970s Polish Post-Modern Posters

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Paper

'Dirty Dancing' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Polish, 1989
By Mieczysław Wasilewski
Located in Devon, GB
Playing off the film's titillating title, Mieczyslaw Wasilewski's cheeky monochrome design for the first Polish release of 1980s coming-of-age classic 'Dirty Dancing' has us swooning...
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Vintage 1980s Polish Post-Modern Posters

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Paper

'Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla' Original Polish Film Movie Poster, 1977
Located in Bath, Somerset
Fantastic bright and colourful artwork feature on this original 1977 (first year of release of the film in Poland) Polish film Poster for the sci-fi movie Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla. ...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

'Father of the Bride' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Polish, 1959
By Maciej Hibner
Located in Devon, GB
Maciej Hibner focuses on legendary screen star Spencer Tracy on this charming poster for the first Polish release of classic Hollywood comedy 'Father of the Bride.' Directed by Vince...
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Vintage 1950s Polish Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

'Mon Oncle' Original Vintage Movie Poster by Pierre Etaix, Polish, 1959
Located in Devon, GB
An exceptionally rare poster for the first Polish release of the 1958 Classic French slapstick comedy 'Mon Oncle,' written, directed, produced by and starring Jacques Tati as the ecc...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

Panic in Needle Park 1972 Polish A1 Film Movie Poster, Ruminski
By Grzegorz Marszalek
Located in Bath, Somerset
Fatal Beauty 1989 Polish B1 film movie poster, Marszalek A fantastic Pop Art design by Grzegorz Marszalek features on the Polish film poster for 80s crime caper Fatal Beauty starr...
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20th Century Polish Posters

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Paper

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Polish Movie For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the Polish movie you’re looking for. Frequently made of paper, metal and aluminum, every Polish movie was constructed with great care. Your living room may not be complete without a Polish movie — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. Each Polish movie bearing Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco or Industrial hallmarks is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one Polish movie that is appealing in its simplicity, but Jakub Erol, Waldemar Swierzy and Andrzej Klimowski produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Polish Movie?

Prices for a Polish movie start at $258 and top out at $12,475 with the average selling for $991.

Finding the Right Posters for You

Add a welcome personal touch to your space and tie your distinctive interior scheme together by introducing antique and vintage posters to any and every room of your home.

In the late 19th century, following the advent of text-heavy posters printed from woodblocks for use in taverns and shop windows, hand-drawn poster art had become commonplace in regions such as France, England and the United States. Well-known illustrators were commissioned to produce decorative posters to advertise political campaigns, theatrical events, books, household goods and other items. Early poster artists used a printmaking technique called lithography, which sees drawings or paintings created on a stone (or metal) surface with an oil-based substance, such as a greasy crayon or tusche (an oily wash). The image is eventually affixed to the surface by means of a chemical reaction, and ink adheres to certain sections of the surface while non–image areas are made to repel the ink.

If you wanted a color lithograph in the early days, the number of stones prepared had to match the number of colors you commissioned for the poster. French painter Jules Chéret, widely known as the father of the modern poster, designed some of history's most popular lithographic posters that featured color. Today, Chéret’s art is highly collectible, along with original works by Czech painter and decorative artist Alphonse Mucha, whose posters advertising theatrical productions helped define Art Nouveau.

Over time, poster artists transitioned to more advanced techniques. Using silkscreens, woodblocks and photolithography, painters and illustrators printed larger quantities at a faster rate.

If you’ve finally tracked down that vintage movie poster, mid-century modern promotional travel poster or other work and you’re looking to find out if it is valuable, distinguishing between an original poster and a reproduction can be complicated. A professional appraiser can work with you on factors such as rarity, assessing the physical condition of your poster and authenticating your piece. For now, take care of your new acquisition because conserving posters is essential in helping them retain their value. A practical conservation method is to have the work mounted on archival, acid-free paper and thin artist’s canvas, then enclosing it in a sturdy frame. (And here is a primer on how to hang wall art, be it arranged gallery-style or otherwise.)

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