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    Barnsdale's Moving Pictures (Barnsdale, 1905). One Sheet (27" X 41").
    In 1903, Walter Barnsdale of Wisconsin closed up his bicycle shop and decided to go on the road, exhibiting motion pictures to rural audiences. Armed with a generator - these were the days when many areas lacked electrical power - Barnsdale showed a variety of shorts and features, firmly establishing himself in the entertainment business (he wasn't the only member of the family to entertain the public. Walter's brother, Frank, was a circus midget who toured with Ringling Brothers dressed in a Revolutionary War costume as General Tom Thumb). Recognized as one of the pioneers of the motion picture industry, Barnsdale did as much to popularize the emerging medium of motion pictures as Edison, the Lumiere Brothers, or any of the other leading cinema exhibitors. Offered here is an extremely rare stone litho poster from early on in Barnsdale's career. In superb condition, only our strict policy of not awarding a grade higher than Very Fine+ to any poster mounted on linen keeps us from awarding an even higher grade to this exquisite gem. Very Fine+ on Linen.


    Estimate: $600 - up.

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