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We were in an antique center recently and saw a display of fake posters from the 1950s to 1970s. A sign next to them said they were reprints but the posters aren't labeled. Among the posters were 1960 JFK and Nixon, Elvis, other rock stars, Woodstock, boxing, auto races, circuses, etc. Watch out for them at flea markets and auctions. They were very realistic except that the whole pile was in mint condition. It won't be long before they show up with all kinds of distress marks. They look realistic because the technology and materials used originally are still available. Look for the condition of the paper. It should show uniform aging and discoloring. Also carefully study the distress marks and fading on the poster. Are they logical? I recently bought a Marilyn Monroe calendar which turned out to be too good to be true. The aging of the paper is very even all around the edges but only goes in from the edge about 1/8th inch. I think a stack of the calendars was put into a "smoke house" to create the appearance of age. (I'm still hoping it was a warehouse find rather than a new print run. In the meantime, I can't sell it because I'm not sure it's authentic. I've had to hang it up in the office so I can study the techniques the scoundrels used to age the paper.)

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