Australian Film Posters

Part 2 - Printers & Dealers

Compiled by Michael Organ

1 - Australian Listing 1906-1971 | 2 - Australian Printers & Dealers | 3 - Polish Posters of Australian Films
4 - Personal Collection - Polish Posters | 5 - Ned Kelly Polski | 6 - Personal Collection - Australian Posters
7 - Personal Collection - Film Posters | 8 - Zuzanna Lipinska Polish Posters

Introduction

The following table is a listing of representative samples of movie posters printed in Australia from the introduction of film in 1897. The list aims to identify the various printers involved in the production of daybills, 1 and 3 sheets, lobby cards and related promotional material. Each entry includes the date of the item, the title of the film as indicated on the poster, and physical details of the poster, where known. A link to images is also included where possible. The majority of Australian film posters were printed in the daybill or insert format, usually of size 15 x 40 inches or 13 x 30 inches. Less common were 1 sheets (27 x 40 inches) and 3-sheets (41 x 81 inches). It seems from preliminary research that the main focus of poster production in Australia was, from the 1920s, Sydney, though material was also printed in other capital cities such as Melbourne and Hobart. Certain firms seems to predominate during certain periods, such as W.E. Smith of Sydney during the 1940s and 1950s. Information on this page has been compiled from a variety of sources - specfically eBay entries, the detailed listings of the State Library of Tasmania, and the poster dealer John Reid's Australian Movie Posters website. This page is an evolving resource and comments or additions are welcome. Reference should also be made to Part 1 of this site, namely the listing of posters and materials promoting Australian feature films.

Links - Australian Movie Posters & Memorabilia Dealers and Links

* Phil Edwards Cinemarts, Nelson Bay, New South Wales
* John Reid Vintage Movie Memorabilia, Queensland
* Moviola, Victoria
* essdeegee, Melbourne, Victoria
* Licorice03 Movie Poster Shop [eBay], Coff's Harbour, New South Wales
* Memphis777 [eBay], Sydney, New South Wales
* Still Moving [eBay], Sydney, New South Wales
* radarguru [eBay], Hobart, Tasmania
* Movies and All Collectibles [eBay], Melbourne, Victoria
* Family Box Office
* Movie Buffs, Rye, Victoria


Australian Feature Film Poster Printers 1897+

Date
Title
Printer Details
1897 Carl Hertz Daybills (4). 1 and 2 colour - red and blue. 2 July 1897 (3) and 24 November 1897 (1). 'Theatre Royal, Hobart. Printed by the Mercury Office, Hobart' for the 1 of the daybills from the 2 July 1897 season and ' J. Mahood Show Print. Fleming Place Melb. Morgan & Bowden Imp.' for the November edition. 15 x 40. State Library of Tasmania. (1) (2) (3) (4)
1905 Russo-Japanese War Half sheet. Full colour lithograph, 'J.C. Williamson's Bio-Tableau.' 'Syd Day Print.' 20 x 32 cm. State Library of Tasmania.
1905 Russo-Japanese War Daybill. Full colour lithograph. 'W.W. Reid Print Melb.' 15 x 40. State Library of Tasmania.
1906 Animated Australia Daybill. 3 colour - red, yellow, blue. 'Syd Day, Melbourne.' Theatre Royal, Hobart. 15 x 40. State Library of Tasmania.
1908 For the Term of His Natural Life 3 sheet. '7000 picture drama -- World's rights held by Kingston's Melbourne - Lecturer MJ Bloomfield -- Of Marcus Clarke's famous story 'For the Term of his natural life. Clements Photo Litho.' Full colour. NFSA image #363171. Illustrated Reade 1970 b/w.
1910 Robinson Crusoe Daybill. 4 colour lithograph - blue, green, brown and black. 'The Swift Printing Co., Jamieson Lane, Sydney.'15 x 40. State Library of Tasmania.
1912 The French Spy Daybill. Colour lithograph. 'The Swift Printing Co. Ltd., Jamieson Lane, Sydney.'15 x 40. State Library of Tasmania.
1916 The Bondage of the Bush Daybill. 'Frank S. Pacey, Theatrical Printer, Albion Place, Sydney.' Adamson, b/w.
1919 The False Code Daybill. 2 colour lithograph - pink and black. '[The Swift Print Ltd., 5 Jamieson Lane, Sydney, Australia.]' 15 x 40. State Library of Tasmania.
1920 A Thousand to One Daybill. 2 colour lithograph. 'The Swift [Printing Co. Ltd., Jamieson Lane, Sydney.]'15 x 40. State Library of Tasmania.
1920 Passers By Daybill. 'Swift Print, Sussex Street, Sydney.'15 x 40. State Library of Tasmania.
1922 Monna Vanna Daybill. 'Jno. Evans & Sons Syd 486-488 Kent St Sydney.' 14 x 40. John Reid Collection.
1922 Shifting Sands Daybill. 'Jno. Evans & Sons Syd 486-488 Kent St Sydney.' 14 x 40. John Reid Collection.
1922 The Gold Rush Daybill. 'Jno. Evans & Sons Syd 486-488 Kent St Sydney.' 14 x 40.
1926 For Wives Only Daybill. 'Simmons Ltd.' 14 x 40.
1926 The Country Beyond Daybill. 'Victory.' 14 x 40.
1927 Champagne Daybill. 'Marchant and Co.' 14 x 40.
1927 The Kid Stakes Daybill. 'Rotary Press Ltd - 190a Sussex St. Sydney.' Adamson, colour.
1927 Sunrise Daybill. 'Mathews & Co.' 14 x 40.
1928 The Girl Shy Cowboy Daybill. 'Paper Products Litho.' 14 x 40.
1929 Blackmail Daybill. 'W.E. Smith.' 14 x 40.
1926 Victoria the Great Daybill. 'Simmons Ltd.' 14 x 40.
1938 Dad and Dave Come to Town Daybill, lithograph, 3 colours - yellow, blue and red, 'Robert Burton Pty., Ltd.' 13 x 30. 1950s re-release.
1939 Marx Bros. At the Circus Daybill, lithograph. Hacket Offset Print Syd Melb., 14 3/4 x 40.
1939 Ninotchka Daybill. 'Hackett Offset.' 14 x 40.
1940 Dave Rudd MP Daybill, lithograph, 2 colour - blue and black. 'F. Cunninghame & Co. Pty. Ltd. Syd.' 13 x 30. 1950s re-release.
1942 My Gal Sal Daybill. 'Marchant & Co. Ltd., Offset Printers, Sydney.' 13 x 30. John Reid Collection.
1943 His Butler's Sister Daybill. 'Cunninghame.' 13 x 30.
1943 Beyond Glory 1 sheet. 'Offset Pty Ltd Sydney.' 27 x 40.
1946 Casablanca Daybill, lithograph. 'This Poster Produced by Southern Studios. Printed by F. Cunninghame & Co. Pty. Limited.' 13 x 30. Reissue 1946.
1946 The Overlanders Daybill. 'W.E. Smith.' 13 x 30. John Reid Collection.
1947 Tarzan and the Huntress Daybill. 'Simmons.' 13 x 30.
1948 Embracable You Daybill. 'Victory.' 13 x 30.
1949 Eureka Stockade Daybill. Art by Frank Tyler. 'Printed by W.E. Smith Ltd., Sydney.' Adamson, b/w. NFSA.
1951 Reluctant Heroes Daybill. 'Colorcraft.' 13 x 30.
1953 The Phantom Stockman Daybill, lithograph. 'W.E. Smith Ltd., Sydney.' 13 x 30.
1953 Siren of Bagdad Daybill. 'W.E. Smith.' 13 x 30.
1955 Kiss of Fire 1 sheet. 'Cunninghame.' 27 x 40.
1955 You Lucky People Daybill. 'Gilprint Litho Sydney.' 13 x 30.
1956 Keep It Clean Daybill. 'Lithostone Pty Ltd.' 13 x 30.
1956 Bond of Fear 1 sheet. 'W.E. Smith.' 27 x 40.
1957 Battle Hymn Daybill. 'W.F. Schey Pty Ltd.' 13 x 30.
1957 Seven Thunders Daybill. 'Chromoprint.' 13 x 30.
1958 The Decks Ran Red 1 sheet. 'W.F. Schey Pty Ltd.' 27x 40.
1958 Hong Kong Confidential Daybill. 'Offset Printing Company Sydney.' 13 x 30. John Reid Collection.
1960 The Sundowners 1 sheet. 'Robert Burton Pty Ltd Sydney.' Adamson, colour. 27 x 41. Copy of US 1 sheet.
1962 To Kill a Mockingbird 3-sheet, lithograph. Printed by 'Robert Burton Pty Ltd Sydney.' 39 1/2 x 78 1/2.
1962 The Spiral Road Daybill. 'Advertising and Commercial.' 13 x 30.
1966 The Deadly Bees 1 sheet. 'Robert Burton Pty Ltd Sydney.' 27 x 40.
1968 Deadfall Daybill. 'Royelltone.' 13 x 30. John Reid Collection.

Site last updated: 25 November 2005. Return to Michael Organ's Home Page. Any comments, corrections, or additions to this site are most welcome.

1 - Australian Listing 1906-1971 | 2 - Australian Printers & Dealers | 3 - Polish Posters of Australian Films
4 - Personal Collection - Polish Posters | 5 - Ned Kelly Polski | 6 - Personal Collection - Australian Posters
7 - Personal Collection - Film Posters | 8 - Zuzanna Lipinska Polish Posters