In the 1920's and 1930's, studios such as MGM, Paramount
and Warner Brothers issued special promotional posters featuring some
of their most popular stars. These included Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow,
Marlene Dietrich, Laurel and Hardy, Jeannette McDonald, Nelson Eddy,
Lon Chaney and James Cagney.
The following sample personality posters feature screen
legends (l-r) Joan Crawford, Jean Harlowe and Marlene Dietrich.
Most of these personality posters measured
22" x 28", although there were exceptions. These posters were
sent to theatres for display. Personality posters normally featured
a great "portrait" style image of the star, their name and
the studio name.