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Posted 5 years ago


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This was my grandpa's Bonnie or clyde old poster. Can anybody enlighten me how old it is and the history of it? It was very well taken care of.

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  1. fitter475 fitter475, 5 years ago
    Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (October 1, 1910 – May 23, 1934) and Clyde Chestnut Barrow (March 24, 1909 – May 23, 1934) were well-known outlaws, robbers, and criminals who traveled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression. Their gang was known as the "Barrow Gang" which included Bonnie and Clyde, and at times Buck Barrow, Blanche Barrow, Raymond Hamilton, W.D. Jones, Joe Palmer, Ralph Fults, and Henry Methvin. Their exploits captured the attention of the American public during the "public enemy era" between 1931 and 1934. Though known today for his dozen-or-so bank robberies, Barrow in fact preferred to rob small stores or rural gas stations. The gang is believed to have killed at least nine police officers and committed several civilian murders. The couple themselves were eventually ambushed and killed in Louisiana by law officers. Their reputation was cemented in American pop folklore by Arthur Penn's 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde
  2. fitter475 fitter475, 5 years ago
    That particular poster I've only seen reproductions of . Very valuable if original I would think .
  3. dgonzale23 dgonzale23, 5 years ago
    Well it seems pretty old. i wouldnt even knoe how to tell if it is original. any suggestions?
  4. dgonzale23 dgonzale23, 5 years ago
    Well i havent been able to see an original picture online for reference. My Grandpa said it was rare...I was just checking but thanks for a little insight.
  5. dgonzale23 dgonzale23, 5 years ago
    hahaha...thanks AR8JASON. It seems like you know about this stuff. I cant believe they would create a reproduction of something that dont exist. Dam those people!!
  6. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Agree, it is a modern item.

  7. dgonzale23 dgonzale23, 5 years ago
    ok...not sure what that means. Can anybody tell me if there is actually an original?
  8. zguy2112 zguy2112, 5 years ago
    The original F.B.I. WANTED poster was issued in 1934 and did NOT display a picture of their car. I would say this is a re-pop (Reproduction) poster after their "Death Car" became famous.

    Bonnie and Clyde posters are some of the most reproduced posters today, and further more the bottom of your poster appears to be aged by machine, NOT by climate or improper storage.

    The easiest way to tell if this is an original is to remove it from the frame and inspect the paper itself. These Wanted posters were printed on extremely thin newspaper like paper (Similar to WW II posters) so be careful removing it just in case it is an original, but I would bet that you will find the paper to be thick as most re-pops are. Good luck.
  9. dgonzale23 dgonzale23, 5 years ago
    Well actually the paper is very thin and old zguy. Is there a way I can send u some better pics.
  10. zguy2112 zguy2112, 5 years ago
    Ha, Ha, I like ROBinHawaii's oven idea. Pop it on top of a cookie sheet for a few seconds or until some of the paper edges are burnt to a crisp! Either way it's still a neat poster, just not original.
  11. strictlyfate, 2 years ago
    So, sir I also have the same exact thing you're talking about, very thin as well, did you ever find an answer? I am very interested in hearing how this story turned out.

    here's mine
  12. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    the typography tells me that this is from the 60s or 70s. they used 6 different fonts for only 8 lines of text. that was a popular fad in the 60s/70s to make it look folksy. if it were a real poster from the 40s, i'd expect to see one or two types of fonts, with maybe one with a special effect. i know a little more about older 'Wanted' signs - from the 19th century, when the size of the sign was very important in determining whether it is authentic or not. not sure if it pertains to the 1940s though.

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