Early film posters featured bold, colorful graphics. In the early years studios did not place the actor’s names on movie posters for fear of rising salary demands. But by the 1910’s, producers realized that stars sell tickets and posters prominently displayed actor’s names.
The major studios had a staff of artists who designed posters and lobby cards. These talented men and women toiled in relative obscurity, but the sophistication of their graphic designs are simply jaw dropping. Major films usually had several versions of posters that went out to theaters.