1932 \u201cThe Mummy\u201d Boris Karloff movie poster. Sold at an auction house in 1997 for over $435.000! Before television, the internet, and the World Wide Web ever existed; the only way to see the preview to an upcoming movie was via a film studio movie poster. Well-known artists and illustrators, worked their magic to create colorful artwork and imagery on paper, in hopes of luring the public to want to see the next newly produced film, vaudeville show, or event. Even if the movie itself was in black and white-the movie poster\u2019s art needed to portray the leading characters\/stars in a powerful way, with colorful art techniques that were enticing and mesmerizing. Posters came in different sizes (sheet size) and thicknesses. The early\u00a0American posters\u00a0were produced in one-sheet sizes (27\u2033 x 41\u2033); but also quite collectible are the two-sheet, subway horizontal posters-which are made with a thicker paper (41\u2033 x 54\u2033 or 45\u2033 x 60\u2033),\u00a0 and the vertical-three-sheet size (41\u2033 x 81\u2032). Also, half-sheet and larger billboard sizes were produced. MOST ADVERTISING POSTERS WERE DESTROYED Unfortunately, because a paper was needed during WWII, most paper posters were recycled, so today its hard to find\u00a0original\u00a0pre-WWII movie posters. In fact, most posters made in America, were usually returned to a nationwide program called the National Screen Service, a.k.a. the NSS. From 1940-1984, the NSS printed and distributed most of the film posters for Hollywood and other movie studio locations. Original 1959 \u201cWasp Woman\u201d 3-pc movie poster-Value $4,500 When it came to horror movie flicks, illustrators needed to have quite a vivid imagination, as well as artistic skills. Fortunately for them, film-goers were ready and willing to see what might be the next horror flick coming attraction. Going to scary movies was the latest rage during the mid-century years, and still are to this day! Let\u2019s face it, every now and then, we all want to feel just a little scared or fearful. Seeing a horror movie is simply a way to experience-safe emotional and physical fears- without the possibility of any real consequences.\u00a0This feeling causes our hearts to beat just a little bit faster. This feeling is sort of like anxiously waiting in line to ride the newest wild amusement park ride. Hollywood movie makers cashed in on those fears. Some of my favorite horror flicks to watch at the local cinema, were the Hammer \u201cDracula\u201d vampire series, which starred the actor Christopher Lee as the creepy seducing- but kinda sexy \u2013 vampire. Vintage 1958 \u201cHorror of Dracula\u201d movie poster starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing The most favored Count Dracula character was portrayed by-of course-Bela Lugosi\u00a0(Birth name-B\u00e9la Ferenc Dezs\u00f5 Blask\u00f3. Born in Romania, 1882-1956) This vampire definitely had strange mesmerizing eyes that seemed almost hypnotic when watching him. Original \u201930s Bela Lugosi movie posters can fetch in the thousands. This 1931 \u201cDracula\u201d movie poster was sold in 2009 for over $310,000. It was sent to the auction house by the actor Nicolas Cage who obviously had quite a fascination for creepy horror movie posters. 1931 \u201cDracula\u201d Bela Lugosi horror movie poster. Sold in 2009 for over $310.000. Only four of these original posters are known to exist. IN 2012, A MAN IN\u00a0BERWICK, PENNSYLVANIA\u2013 DISCOVERED THIRTY-THREE OLD MOVIE POSTERS BEHIND A WALL IN HIS HOME. THE POSTERS HAD BEEN HELD TOGETHER WITH WALLPAPER GLUE AND HAD BEEN USED AS INSULATION IN THE HOME\u2019S ATTIC. THESE POSTERS WERE METICULOUSLY SEPARATED AND SOLD AT AN AUCTION HOUSE FOR OVER $500,000. (NOW, THAT\u2019S WHAT I CALL A TREASURE TROVE.) INDEED, 1920S-1940S- ORIGINAL MOVIE POSTERS ARE RARE FINDS, BUT THEY COULD BE FOUND ROLLED-UP UNDER OLD BASEMENT STAIRCASES, OR IN THE CORNER OF AN ATTIC\u2026YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE YOU MIGHT FIND THE NEXT HIDDEN TREASURE. https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vTq8robO5eJ0 Credits: turntrash2.cash Share this story on Facebook with your friends.