The British Six Sheet measures approximately 80x81
and has been used since the early days of cinema and has been widely used.
They are normally 4 separate sheets that are put together and they are issued
Since the original size of the British
3 Sheet was 40x90, it would seem only logical that the early 6 sheets
should have been about 80x90. Unfortunately we have not been able to find
any so far. It also seems that the size varied a lot more than other sizes.
The paper shortages from both wars have almost completely eliminated all
remaining 6 sheets. They were large enough to be easily recycled and reused.
The film industry calls these a 12 sheet because at
the turn of the century, the standard was a double
crown (20x30) and it was approximately 12 times the size of a double
crown. See our explanation on size terminology on the article on Poster
Sizes. NOTICE: here's one shown from a 1939 pressbook for At the Circus.
The pressbook was issued before the war:
Use of the 6 sheet continued after
the war and was popular until the 1960s when it was basically replaced with
the 16 sheet.
Here's a look at the British
Six Sheets in our database
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