is any piece of printed paper designed to be attached to a wall or vertical surface.Typically posters include both textual and graphic elements, although a poster may be either wholly graphical or wholly textual. Posters are designed to be both eye-catching and conveyinformation. Posters may be used for many purposes, and they are a frequent tool of advertisers (particularly of events, musicians and films), propagandists, protestors and other groups trying to communicate a message. Posters are also used for reproductions of artwork, particularly famous works, and are generally low-cost compared to original artwork. Another type of poster are educational posters, which may be about a particular subject for educational purposes. Many people also collect posters, and some famous posters havethemselves become quite valuable, collectors and vintage posters are usually framed andmatted. Posters may be any size.
Types of posterAdvertising posters
Many posters, particularly early posters, were used for advertising products. Posters continueto be used for this purpose, with posters advertising films, music (both concerts and recordedalbums), comic books, and travel destinations being particularly notable examples.
Main article: Film poster The film industry quickly discovered that vibrantly coloured posters were an easy way to selltheir pictures. Today, posters are produced for most major films, and the collecting of movie posters has become a major hobby. The most valuable poster in the world, of which there isonly 1 known copy, is the 1931 stone litho Frankenstein 6-sheet.
Comic book posters
The resurgence of comic book popularity in the 1960s led to the mass production of comic book posters in the 1970s and onward. These posters typically feature popular characters in avariety of action poses. The fact that comic books are a niche market means that a given poster usually has a smaller printing run than other genres of poster. Therefore, older postersmay be quite sought after by collectors. Promotional posters are usually distributed folded,whereas retail posters intended for home decoration are rolled.
In the early days of steam railways in Britain, the various rail companies advertised their routes and services on simple printed sheets. By the 1850’s, with increasing competition andimprovements in printing technology, pictorial designs were being incorporated in their advertising posters. The use of graphic artists began to influence the design of the pictorial poster. In 1905, the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) commissioned NormanWilkinson to produce artwork for a new landscape poster, advertising their rail/steam packetlink to Ireland. In 1908, for the Great Northern Railway (GNR), John Hassall produced the