Wall Posters

Wall Posters

Once upon a time, there was no more fitting way to show your loyalty to your favorite teen idol or rock star than to adorn your bedroom wall (or ceiling) with a full-sized image of their smiling mug – staring at you lovingly, as if to say “You are the only one for me.” And if celebrity worship wasn’t your thing, perhaps you just wanted to ogle your favorite automobile, sports team, or a cat hanging from a pole reminding you to “Hang in there, Baby!” And if you happened to own a black light, there were hundreds of psychedelic scenes just waiting for their fluorescent colors to be vibrantly illuminated in your darkened room. Today, we take a look back at the iconic artwork that many of us spent hundreds of hours staring at through the course of our adolescence.

Wall-posters

If you grew up in the 50s, your walls may have contained pictures of Marilyn Monroe, Ricky Nelson, James Dean or Elvis Presley. In the 60s, rock and roll posters continued to dominate, thanks to the British Invasion, and soon, Elvis had to share some space with The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. In the 70s, teen idols and television stars reined supreme, from David Cassidy to Fonzie to those lovable misfits from Welcome Back Kotter – all vying for your attention (and your allowance). And if you were a red-blooded boy in the mid-70s who didn’t have a poster of Farrah Fawcett Majors over your bed, you were the exception to the rule. Literally millions of these posters (seen above) were manufactured during the decade and the iconic image of Farrah in her red swimsuit is one permanently etched into the minds of millions of former teenagers.

Today, teens are less inclined to seek out these images at their local stores, although some specialty shops like Spencer’s Gifts still stock a decent assortment. Nor does one need to buy a teen magazine and cut it to pieces to remove the images of their favorite idol. With the arrival of the information age, and resources such as Google image search and YouTube, a teen can find thousands of images and videos of their heartthrob de jour with a few clicks of the mouse. Wall posters may still find their way to the teen bedrooms of today, but they don’t quite enjoy the same amount of lustful worship given to them during the glory years of decades past.

We suspect you may have ogled a few of these images back in the day. Tell us about the posters that adorned the bedrooms of your youth. Were you partial to Charlie’s Angels or was your room a psychedelic wonderland of black light images? Was your wall real estate dedicated to Leif Garrett or Ricky Schroder? We’d love to hear your memories in our comments section, as we fondly remember the iconic images that plastered our personal surroundings, here at Retroland.

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  1. Allie Fox says:

    I still have more than a few wall posters of old. These are four that adorn the wall in my “man cave” at the moment. I originally planned on swapping them out of their frames when I tired of them but that has yet to happen. The first three are posters that I had on my wall as a youngster (up through high school) and never had the urge to take them down despite what might have been thought of me for having them on my wall.

    Steve Martin’s Best Fishes
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    The 1978 Battlestar Galactica Cylon
    Both of which are on the wall in Sam Weir’s room in Freaks and Geeks.

    The original Darth Vader poster
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    Also on the wall of Geek, Bill Haverchuck.

    My favorite however is less a wall poster as it is an actual one sheet from the movie “The Wizard of Speed and Time” It’s extremely rare and the movie is one of my favorites.

    I have a few of the old Sports Illustrated white frame posters (Reggie Jackson, Bucky Dent and Pete Rose) but I’ve yet to unroll them. The Reggie Jackson may end up on my son’s wall.

  2. Joanna says:

    I loved the *free* posters you could get a fast food restaurants. I had a ‘Wrath of Khan’ Star Trek movie poster from Wendy’s (maybe!?) and before that I had several prints of LeRoy Neiman Olympic athletes from Burger King, I think.

  3. Timothy1964 says:

    I wasn’t much of a poster buff when I was a kid, but my late big brother (who died at the age of 18 in 1977) had several posters. One was a huge multi-image poster of Elton John that almost reached from floor to ceiling. He also had a Farrah Fawcett Majors poster mounted on the ceiling above his weight lifting bench in the family room, but it wasn’t the red swimsuit one as shown in this article. As for me, I was more into maps and often decorated my bedroom walls with maps. I had this one huge map of the Solar System on my wall throughout most of junior high and high school (I was big into space/science when I was a teenager). The only poster I had in my room during that same time was of a kitten hanging from a tree branch with the caption “Hang On Baby, Friday’s Coming”, which I bought when I was in 6th grade and mounted it on my closet door.

  4. AmandaByNight says:

    Awww Joanna, so sorry to hear about your brother.

    I had a version of that Hardy Boys poster, only mine was just of Parker. A girl in my 5th grade class gave it to me from her massive poster collection because she said she’d never met a Parker fan as big as me (we were 10, so you know, how many Parker fans had she actually met?). Anyway, I actually still have it. It’s not in good shape, but I still adore it so.

    I love that famous poster of the old lady flipping off the camera! Ah, the 70s, those were the days!

  5. HardyGirl66 says:

    I’m still a poster nut! I have multiple Shaun Cassidy posters (and a large beach towel over my bed), Star Trek posters, David Cassidy, Adrian Paul (Highlander), Beauty & The Beast TV series, even a small 70s Rick Springfield pin-up.

  6. Nuke67 says:

    I had the Star Wars posters from Burger Chef, when I started getting interested in girls at around 13, I bought a giant sized poster of Cathy Lee Crosby, got it at Toys R Us in 1980, was up in my room till the house was sold..lol

  7. Jennifer harris says:

    I got The Jacksons from Burger King,and NSYNC.

  8. Gina says:

    I have a Monkees poster in my room I’ve had since the 1980′s. I can’t bear to take it down.

    Sometimes I made my own posters. I cut out pictures from books and other sources to make gigantic montages for “The A-Team” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”.

    Now I have mostly Walt Disney World theme park posters in my room.

  9. Thom Mihara says:

    My friend Chris and I built this awesome fort out in the woods and we had the Raquel Welch poster from 10,000,000 B.C.
    That was the end all be all.

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