Helpful Guidelines in Collecting Antique Posters

Are you interested in becoming an antique poster collector? Building a collection is fascinating and adventurous. It’s similar to treasure hunting – the only difference is that you are hunting for the rarest work of art. One of the most pressing questions that novice poster collectors have is deciding on the type of poster to collect. Experienced collectors will advise you to collect posters based on your tastes or interests.  You might want to narrow your collection so it’s based on a theme or subject: sports, travel, movies, food, and champagne are all popular choices. Some collectors focus on a specific artist like Cheret, Toulouse-Lautrec, Penfield, Parrish, or Mucha, while others concentrate on a specific design period, such as the Belle Époque or Art Nouveau. It is imperative for novice poster collectors to study poster art history – that way, they can learn about the designs and artists who made great contributions to the art. Keep in mind that a poster is considered valuable if it is historical and popular. It is highly recommended that you visit poster auctions, poster galleries, and museum exhibits to give you basic ideas about the development of poster art. You can also learn about different artistic styles and designs, as well as major artists.

How to Identify an Antique or Original Poster

These days, it can be difficult to identify an antique or original poster if you are not an expert collector. It’s important for you to purchase your poster collection from a credible poster dealer. A reputable dealer will be able to give you important information about the poster you are purchasing, including its authenticity, condition, and history. If a dealer describes a poster as “vintage,” ask them if they are referring to the poster’s design and style, or the age of the poster. We invite you to check our online gallery. If you have any questions about a particular poster, just give us a call at 800-438-1577 or e-mail


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