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Old Oct 28, 2014, 03:22 PM   #1
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Default Beatles 1964 Hammersmith Odeon Christmas Show Poster

Hello everyone,

I would really appreciate any assistance that can be given in identifying a poster I have in my collection (opinions as well)

Several years ago I purchased 4 Art posters that were each mounted on a stiff cardboard backing. The posters were an item in an estate auction held in the U.S.A.*

One of the posters was The Beatles 1964 ‎Hammersmith Odeon Christmas Show poster. The poster is a large landscape orientated print measuring almost 30" x 40".

I have examined the poster and can find no evidence it has been digitally printed or computer generated. Both the poster and backing card appear to have an age about them. I would say the item was printed well before the recent spate of fake and reproduction posters have flooded the market.

The poster appears to have a top coating on it that almost makes it look like a giant photocopy? Although this seems unlikely based on the size of the image. When you look at the poster you can see vertical crease/fold lines on the image.*

At two of the edges the top paper is separating from the backing cardboard however a layer of the cardboard is still on the poster.

So was a large landscape poster 30" x 40" created to promote this show in 1964?

Has anyone seen ‎anything like this poster?

Anyone have any ideas what this could be?

Thanks, Len‎
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Old Oct 30, 2014, 09:31 AM   #2
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Interesting a fellow collector told me that to his knowledge this particular size 30" x 40" has not been reproduced or faked. This size was used as an outdoor promotion item and were produced in larger quantities than the indoor lobby card style.
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Old Dec 21, 2014, 05:41 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I have not seen this size as a reproduction however I was told it has been reproduced. I spoke with Tony Booth who did the original artwork for Brian Epstein and he told me this was a letter press printing as opposed to a silk screen printing. This may account for the photocopy effect or perhaps this size was photo typeset which was also done at that time.
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