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The film poster and accessory industry has no single repository of information ANYWHERE in the world. Small amounts of information are scattered in literally thousands of locations. Consequently, to do any type of legitimate research is such an unbelievable nightmare that it is usually abandoned and left to guess work.
Since 1997, when we wrote the first reference book on the hobby, we have strived to build that repository. Since a lot of the documentation no longer exists, we are having to work backwards and RECREATE that documentation.... section by section.
To get an idea of what we're talking about.. think of the Greek Parthenon... To hold up the structure, they used lines of columns all the way around the building. With ALL the columns in place, the structure is strong and reliable. If one side isn't there, or if there are columns missing, the structure has weaknesses and becomes shaky and unreliable.
Now, to build this structure of poster documentation, EACH column has to be put in place ONE AT A TIME. Think of each column as a particular type of information... THEN, you have to approach EACH section of documentation to make it strong enough to be valid and subject to scrutiny. Here are the sections that we have been working on:
*Stills production codes
*Lithographer plate numbers
*International printer addresses
*Distributor & Studio histories
*Distributor & Studio logos
*Contracts and legal documents
*NSS (or independent) histories X
*NSS poster & trailer logs X
*Release and reissue data
*Censorship stamps and seals
*Scopes & other filming data
*Reprint & commercial info
*Fakes and Fraud information
*Accessories for each release
*ALL TYPES of add'l information
AND ..... We have built the ONLY Fully Searchable, Cross-referenced MASTER DATABASE
so researchers can locate, verify and expand the information - with 90,000 posters online.
We know that we are attacking an impossible situation, especially on a world wide level. BUT, we will make every effort to continually improve and increase the availability of the documentation needed. We know that it may get frustrating to have continuous changes and additions, but unfortunately, they are necessary. We thank you for your patience and support while we try to create the repository needed.
You can jump to the section that you need:
With over 200,000 pages of information online, this section DOES NOT IN ANY WAY present all the information that we have available for you. This area is just to try to POINT you to the right section to GET TO the information that you're looking for. We will continually try to simplify and create easier access links as we add additional information. If you do a LOT of research, please contact me and I'll try to help all I can
|Members Welcome Area & News - This is for new members and gives a basic breakdown of how LAMP works. There are also previous Member News letters with tips that can help and other helpful hints|
|Movie Poster Data Base - This massive specially-designed archive has over 90,000 (and growing) cross-referenced posters for research. In addition, we have an advanced search section with 1000s of search parameters to help date distributors, artists, markings, printers, etc. Also in the archive are links to videos; DVDs; items for sale; special data and much, much more. For members, we have over 18,000 Xtra large images; plus we have been adding LAMP Notes for behind the scenes documents, trivia and information|
|Countries - Each major country has its own Member area with special information such as expanded history; markings; censorship information, artists, etc. This is the list so you can go directly to individual countries Member areas. We now have it in chart form....|
|International - This is for research dealing with multiple country material, such as Country Domain Extensions; Country Identification Charts; Poster Artist Signature Logs; International Poster Size Charts, etc. and we are also beginning to cover areas like international distributors such as CIC and UPI.|
|Log of Logs - We've compiled and created so many different types of logs in so many different areas that we were asked to create ONE place just to list all the different specialty logs just for convenience. We have dozens of different logs on areas such as NSS; Production Codes; logos; stamps; French printers; French Visa-de-censure numbers; Belgian censor stamps; Japanese Eiren marks; etc.|
|Poster Repair - This section covers a variety of problems and defects in handling posters and gives advice on how to do MINOR poster repairs.|
|Poster Artists - We have compiled a new Artist Master List to help with artist identification. This new list has artist signatures, links into the archive to see the posters AND links to each country artists lists.|
Silent Studio Directory - We have documented over 3000 silent studios from around the world. We are compiling additional information on each and will be creating studio directories in EACH country.
|Eastman Kodak Date Codes - We have a chart for our film buffs to help date Eastman Kodak and Dupont film.|
|Intermission - This is a special areas that we're creating to go to when your brain doesn't want to work. We're compiling jokes; funny photos; games; all types of fun things to waste time on.|
|Members Bookstore - Members get 25% OFF all LAMP books so we've created your own bookstore just to make sure that you receive your discount.|
We now have so many logs and research areas that it's getting confusing on how to utilize the logs for research. So, to help with this, I am creating Research Tutorials to show a variety of different types of research step by step both how and where to find the information that you're looking for. Once you step through a few then it should become easy to move through the different areas. I will identify each type of research to try to help with specific areas. I will continue to add these to try to give you a good variety.
Let's start with some basics. Here is an article that was created as a giveaway for one of our shows. It was popular enough that we included it in our Learn About International Movie Posters book - called How to Read Your Poster
|1. US reissues and introduction
2. Country ID & dating
New Video Tutorials - We are starting a new batch of video tutorials to help step through different areas. These are through Youtube for greater speed.
1. Printers Logs - to utilize printers tags to help date posters.
Global Cinema Research is our new advance research website. We are consolidating topical information into a more inclusive and presentation format. You have access to Global Cinema as part of your Membership. We currently have numerous major sections already online such as:
Production Stills Section; National Screen Service Section; U.S. Sections; Belgian Sections; our research books are all available online.. and LOTS more. Just click on the banner and look around.
ATTENTION: The new magazine section is now online with over 500 trade magazines for you to look through. Go to the Global site - then on the horizontal navbar "Special Sections" pulldown "Documents -Publications". In the Documents Section, click on "Publications - Trade Magazines".
NOTICE: to help with your research, we are trying to consolidate all of the online information that we have on a specific country into a presentation format. As we do so, we are moving the consolidated section to our advance research site (GlobalCinemaResearch.org)
We are designing each Member area on MAJOR countries as a framework to continually add more information. In addition, our archive is an additional information source to search for distributors, artists, markings, printers etc. as we continue to cross link and compile more data. To help you we have created a new format for our countries to try to put more information at your fingertips..
For archive research go the archive and then to Advanced Search area. Here you will also find research on the smaller countries that are not listed here. (We have 119 countries that we are tracking information on)
The following chart of countries is divided like this:
Films that we have documented in the archive for that country.* means that the films are listed under more than one country name, go to the archive for additional searches.
Posters that we have documented in the archive from that country.
The regular article section on that country.
The member area on that country with advance research information.
Country Films Posters Regular Section Member Section
Australia Belgium Canada Member Section Czech Republic Denmark Egypt Finland Member Section France Germany Hong Kong India Regular Section Italy Japan Korea Regular Section Member Section Mexico Netherlands New Zealand Poland Russia South Africa Spain Regular Section Sweden Regular Section Switzerland Member Section Turkey UK US Yugoslavia Regular Section Member Section World 189,000+ 87,000+ Member Section
If you can not find the information that you are looking for, please let us know and we'll try to help you. What is online is just a VERY TINY portion of the information that NEEDS to be available. But, unfortunately, it takes time, organization and man power to get this online and we're going as fast as we can.
Films that we have documented in the archive for that country.* means that the films are listed under more than one country name, go to the archive for additional searches.
As for poster information, we have another 300-400,000 poster images on hand and access to several million more.
Film Accessory Reference books by Ed & Susan Poole
1. Collecting Movie Posters - 1997 - first reference book on the hobby - published by MacFarland publishers - MacFarland still retains distribution
2. Learn About Movie Posters - 2002 - expanded reference book on the hobby - published by Iguide Publications -
3. LAMP Dealers Market - 2007 - experimental 800 page book that was a compilation of 60,000 prices from LAMP Dealers around the world. only edition released and now available only on LAMP
4. U.S. Movie Studio Production Code Book - 2007 - first compilation of 18,000 production codes on 13 major U.S. studios with studio histories and analysis of the codes - retired
5. U.S. Movie Studio Production Code Book - 2008 - expanded edition to 22,000 codes plus addition of indexing to cross reference the codes. retired
6. Legality of U.S. Movie Posters - 2008 - based on research as expert witness in 4 major trials involving the movie studios and posters. It includes the production process for making lobby cards and posters and examines the taging process and takeover of National Screen Service for U.S. distribution. retired for updating and now available only on LAMP advance.
7. Learn About International Movie Posters - 2008 - breakdown of 38 countries with country film histories, poster information, markings, censorship, poster artists and more. Still available in LAMP bookstore and only one of it's kind
8. Movie Studio Production Codes - 2009 - complete re-format by eliminating histories and indexes and presenting codes in numeric or alphabetical formats - combination of earlier production codes plus expansion to 25,000 codes with addition of minor and multi-country studios. - retired
9. National Screen Service Trailer Logs - 2009 - compilation of 15,000 NSS trailer codes from 1930-1962 for trailer identification and title release information. still available in LAMP bookstore
10. National Screen Service Poster & Accessory Number Log - 2010 - history of National Screen Service and compilation of 25,000 NSS poster numbers from 1940-1999. still available in LAMP bookstore
11. Movie Still Identification Book - 2011 - rename (previously the Movie Studio Production Code Book) and expansion with additional codes and addition of 5000 portrait codes to total 32,000 codes with more guides and explanations. available in LAMP bookstore
12. Hollywood on the Bayou - 2011 - experimental specialized book on the state of Louisiana documenting 1170 films made in or about Louisiana. This was not done through LAMP and only released locally by Hollywood on the Bayou and Barnes and Noble.
13. Louisiana Film History: the First Hundred Years (1896-1996) - 2012 - scheduled for release in summer 2012 - NOW AVAILABLE.
14. How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Movie Poster Collecting - scheduled release fall 2012 - looks at wide variety of problems in the industry.
15. - Movie Still Identification Book - 2013 - scheduled for release January 2013 for our 12th anniversary online with expansion to 35,000+ production codes.
As you know, we have now compiled and written 10 specialty research books on the industry (however 2 of these are edition expansions). AND we continue to try to document, preserve and present ALL areas of the industry, with special emphasis on areas that the academic community has overlooked. So, for those who live on the computers (like we do) and don't have any more bookshelf space, as part of your LAMP Membership, we are giving you access to the information from our research books by putting them online in the Member section. Here is a breakdown:
Collecting Movie Posters - 1997 MacFarland Publishers - This was the first reference book released on the poster collecting hobby. We do NOT stock this book, because we gave the publisher complete distribution rights. It is only available through MacFarland Publishers. The information in this book is spread through the general information articles online. Learn About Movie Posters - 2002 IGuide Publications - This is a DRASTICALLY expanded general reference book on the hobby. This book covers all the basics... PLUS a lot more. This is available in the bookstore. The information in this book was used as the framework in the LAMP sections online. LAMP Dealers Market - 2007 LAMP Publications - This was a test of compiling 60,000 posters from around the world with condition; prices; and dealer information. We decided NOT to do any newer releases but will be addressing this online in the near future. This makes an excellent 2007 price guide. This book has been retired and is NOT available in the bookstore. Here it is online for members. Legality of U.S. Movie Posters - 2007 LAMP Publications - This is a quick study of the studio tags and copyright of US movie posters. This is available in the bookstore. Here it is online for members. U.S. Movie Studio Production Codes - 2008 LAMP Publications - This was the first compilation of production codes in book form to help identify unknown production stills. This covers 20,000 production codes from 13 major U.S. studios with a brief history of each studio and a code index to help show which studio used which codes. This book has been retired and is NOT available in the bookstore. Here is the section online Learn About International Movie Posters - 2009 LAMP Publication - This was a ground breaking book covering 38 major countries around the world with film histories, censorship, markings, artists information and a LOT more. This is available in the bookstore. Here it is online spread in different countries. OR you can read in book form here. Book Intro - Europe - Europe 2 - Middle East - Oceania - Latin America - Asia & Russia - North America - Care - Reference Movie Studio Production Code Log - 2009 LAMP Publication - This is an expansion of our 2008 book with 25,000 production codes and a different format to expand into minor studios and other countries. This book has been retiried and is NOT available in our bookstore. Here is the section online National Screen Service Trailer Logs - 2009 LAMP Publication - This book covers 15,000 NSS numbers from 1930-1962, which were the years that NSS dominated the movie trailer industry. This book is available in our bookstore. It's located in the NSS Section. National Screen Service Posters & Accessories Number Log - 2010 LAMP Publication - This compilation of over 25,000 NSS poster and accessory numbers covers the 50 years (1940-1989) that NSS dominated the accessory industry. This book is available in our bookstore. It's located in the NSS Section. OR, you can read it in book form here.. Book Intro - NSS Numbers Movie Stills Identification Book - 2011 LAMP Publication - This is an expansion and title change to our earlier production code books. This edition expands to 32,000 codes and has a new section on Portrait codes. This book is available in our books. Here is the section online Here it is online for our members
Book Intro - Stills Intro - Letters - Numbers - Portrait
We appreciate your becoming a LAMP Member. Your support allows us to continue to acquire, document, preserve, compile and present more information for your research. There is SOOOO MUCH information that needs documenting before it is lost. If there is any specific research that YOU need help with, please let us know. We have a tremendous amount that is not online yet.
We stand by our motto:
A Little Bigger... A Little Better Each Day... Preserving the Past... For the Future.