1927 "Babe Comes Home" One Sheet Movie Poster.. ...
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Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075
Sports-related posters have enjoyed popular demand for many years, and none more so than those that actually feature real sports legends. This incredible one sheet depicts the greatest legend to ever play the game of baseball, the Sultan of Swat, George Herman Ruth, otherwise affectionately known as The Babe. During his career, Ruth was the game's elite slugger, and his fame led producers to feature him in several films. Some of those films, such as this one and another called "Headin' Home" from 1920, cast him as the lead, while other films found him in cameos as in Harold Lloyd's "Speedy" in 1928 and "The Pride of the Yankees" in 1942. Ruth was featured in an educational/short subject series, too, released in 1920 without his permission. He also did the "Babe Ruth Baseball Series" for Universal Pictures in 1932. This very rare one sheet was made the year that Ruth set his home run record. The producers knew they had a winner in this star and of course featured him prominently on the poster in uniform. The public just couldn't get enough of this baseball superstar! Of all sports movie posters, none are more sought after or desirable than those which depict the Yankee slugger.
This poster is one of only two known copies and is assuredly the best to feature the famous slugger. Due to the fragile nature of vintage posters, this example has been mounted on linen with the strictest archival materials used today. Prior to restoration the poster had small chips and minor tears in the borders. There has been some minor color touch to the fold lines with a bit more on the right side of the upper horizontal fold. None of the restoration on this poster has been performed in significant areas. This fabulous stone litho one sheet would be the cornerstone of any movie poster or sports collection. 27x41". Very Fine- on Linen.
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