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    Hays Office Promotional Posters (MPPDA, 1935). One Sheets (5) (27" X 41"). After several Hollywood scandals led to the fear that the immorality, perceived to be rampant, might appear on screen, the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA), headed by Will H. Hays, was established in 1922 as a film review board. The Production Code, popularly known as the "Hays Code," a highly restrictive set of guidelines for movie content, was promulgated in 1934 and complied with by virtually every Hollywood producer. Offered in this lot are five posters distributed to theaters in 1935 by the MPPDA to promote the growth of a morally proper industry. The artist was M. Leone Bracker (1885-1937), an illustrator whose work was seen on a number of WWI posters. This beautiful set may be the only group known to have survived. We are not sure if this is the entire set or if there were more than five posters produced. We are showing, for display only, an ad from the "Black Fury" (Warner Brothers, 1935) pressbook in which these posters were advertised. The posters have all been put on linen with no further restoration. Some have slight edge chipping, minor water damage and several have minor silverfish damage. These very rare posters are stunning in their monochromatic splendor. Fine/Very Fine on Linen.

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    July, 2005
    15th Friday
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