Sunday, August 26, 2012

1924 Movie Poster The Sea Hawk

Found something different at a garage sale Sunday, a movie theatre poster (I think it is in its original frame). It had been used for wall decoration at the Keg in North Vancouver for 30 years and when it closed down some years ago one of the guys working there collected the wall art and brought it home. Frame is a bit battered but the print had not faded. SUNDAY is hand drawn and painted.

Looked up date of film - 1924.
 This is the BEFORE and this is the AFTER
(inside light/outside light - outside is more colour accurate)

Frame was fairly marked up so I did some tweaking with mixing little paint pots along with some patching with plaster of paris and a bit of felt pen colouring in and then gave the frame a coat of minwax. I cleaned the glass, put a sturdy wire on the back and recovered the back with brown paper (see my mini tutorial on replacing back paper here).

Supplies: red and blue paint jars, small artist brush. mixing plate, plaster of paris and spatula, sanding block, paper towel (moisten), minwax and foam brush.

Filled holes, wiped off excess plaster. Dried. 
Mixed a dark purple and applied with stiff artist brush. Dried

Used Minwax and a foam brush to coat frame. Dried very slowly.
Tweaked. Still looks old and worn (because it is) but without all the holes.

Close up views - I think the poster colour is hand painted (hair, costumes).
Close ups of a 'bad guy', the ship, the prisoners (hero included) and the soldiers.
Below the frame (when the minwax was partially dry).
Just a bit of history - a silent movie. Checked online and found out that the ship used were full sized and were reused in many later movies because they were so well done. Story line - English noble wrongly accused of murder .. captured by pirates .. becomes pirate chieftain, saves life of girl he loved. His brother who was going to marry the girl is discovered to be the real murderer and is killed, hero marries his true love.

Wasn't that fun.


  1. I love this! How interesting. Everyone who sees it will want to know the story.

  2. Wonderful job on the fantastic poster.

  3. What a wonderful job, i would be sort of afraid to try something like this!



  4. What a wonderful treasure. You did a great job restoring it.


  5. What a cool find! It looks wonderful with the fix-up you did. I'll be featuring your next week at Knick of Time Tuesday - thanks so much for sharing it at the party!


  6. What a fabulous find, you just don't run across that stuff very often. I love it!

  7. I love how you restored this...very cool indeed. Thanks so much for sharing with the newbie with the twist party.

  8. Joy ... Movie posters are so rare to find. Great find and you did a beautiful job of restoring it. Enjoy.
    Audrey Z.

  9. You did a great job. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above


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