Herb Bridges' Golden Era of Hollywood
Product Code: ISBN978-1-32-061517-4
"Herb Bridges' Golden Era of Hollywood
Newnan-Coweta Historical Society's McRitchie-Hollis Museum, Newnan, GA
Program book for summer and fall 2015 exhibition of posters from the 1930s and 40s created by hand by in-house artists for the Loew's Grand Theater in Atlanta. The pastel and watercolor art posters were used in cinema's early days to promote films as they were released. "Gone With the Wind" famously debuted at the Loew's Grand on Dec. 15, 1939. Many other classics from the MGM glory days were shown at the Loew's Grand as well, including "Singin' in the Rain," "An American in Paris," and the "Wizard of Oz." There aren't many of these specially made posters left because they were scarce to begin with. The boards they were painted on were typically recycled after about a week to make new posters. Herb Bridges, a Sharpsburg resident who died in 2013, was an usher at the Loew's as a teenager. He was also owner of what wat perhaps the largest "Gone With the Wind" collection in the world. He had heard about a "mysterious stash of movie posters" that had surfaced in a storage unit in Carrollton and acquired them. Forty of the 70 posters have never been displayed before, and this is the first time this collection has ever been displayed in Coweta County. The book includes color images of the posters, background and QR codes for links to more information.