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Classic Movie Posters Saved…

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

FILM HISTORY

Former Loew’s usher rescues hand-painted movie posters

 

 Movie posters saved

An usher back in the glory days of Atlanta’s Loew’s Grand, Herb Bridges knew the value of hand-painted posters found abandoned in a metro storage facility.

 

Promos from the 1930s and ’40s found in abandoned storage facility

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sunday, December 14, 2008

 

They’re stacked against walls inside a century-old house in Sharpsburg like some fanboy’s oversize trading cards: hand-painted movie posters depicting bygone Hollywood royalty.

 

Clark Gable, Jane Russell, Mickey Rooney when he was a fresh-faced, hayseed kid.

 

Titles from the ’30s and ’40s are lined up like a Turner Classic Movies grid: “The Outlaw,” “The Bridge of San Luis Rey,” “Angel on My Shoulder.”

 

Yet their vivid green and orange backgrounds, ruby-red lips and blue-black hair glow with eternal youth in the weak light scattered under the rooms’ 14-foot ceilings.

 

“I’m just glad they were saved,” said Herb Bridges, 79, a retired rural mail carrier raised in the same house he now uses as a kind of seven-room storage unit for his various collections. “They’ve given me a lot of pleasure for more than a year. Now I’d like to share them.”    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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