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The abbreviations and the description of the condition of the posters below applies to both the posters offered at our auctions as well as to items through at our gallery.
The criterion under which posters, especially very old pieces, are evaluated, is different from that of printed graphic art. For this reason, the quality of a poster can still be classified as “very good”, although slight creases, stains or tears may exist on the exterior. Unless otherwise described, the conditions of the posters are very good or good. The ratings describe the condition of a poster after it has been professionally restored. The following ratings have been applied:

(A)      Designates a poster in very good condition. The colors are fresh; no paper loss. There may be some slight blemish or tears. (A-) indicates there may be some slight dirt, fold, tears or bubble or other minor restoration, but most unobtrusive. A poster that was folded but is otherwise flawless is rated as an (A-).

(B)     Designates a poster in good condition. There may be some slight paper loss. The paper may have yellowed (light-stained).

(B-) designates a poster in fairly good condition, possibly with heavier than normal light-staining or noticeable repairs (even in the design area).

(C)     Designates a poster in fair condition. The light-staining may be more pronounced; restoration, folds, or flaking are clearly visible.

(D)     Designates a poster in bad condition. A good part of such poster may be missing. Colors have faded.

Printing technique
Usually, the posters are printed in lithograph printing technique. Since determining printing techniques even presents difficulties to experts, all of these are described here as lithographs (L). Only the posters which we can completely affirm as offset printing (O) are described as such.

The size is indicated in inches and centimeters, height preceding width.

Literature (catalogues only)
If a reference to literature is made, the respective poster is illustrated and/or further described there.

C = color
emv = estimated market value
L = lithography
LP = letterpress printing
O = offset printing
oJ = on Japan paper
oL = on linen
P = country of production (of a film)
S = silk screen printing
T = photogravure printing
wf = was folded

IMPORTANT! Some posters in our auctions have been marked with a plastic stripe (PS) for archival purposes. As a result, the poster edges show in various degrees browning from the adhesive. Based on our personal inspection, we have set the following guidelines:
PS     = slight / no browning or browning is not very problematic
PS+ = the browning distracts from the overall image.

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