Category Archives: 70s posters

Vintage David Cassidy Poster

I admit that I know very little about the history of this poster, other than to guess that it was released sometime in the early to mid 70’s, when David was at the height of his teen idol stardom.  For those who don’t know, David starred as Keith Partridge in the musical sitcom The Partridge Family that aired from 1970-74 and while starring in the series, David had a very popular singing career of his own.

When the series ended in 1974, Cassidy wanted to focus more on his music and songwriting and wasn’t all that interested in starring in another series.  His resolve to make music his priority was swayed when he did a turn in the cop drama Police Story (episode titled A Chance to Live) which was a ratings success and earned David a Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor – Drama Series (he lost to Barnard Hughes for his role in Lou Grant).  NBC gave him his own series, about a far from the character of Keith Partridge that he could get, that of Dan Shay, a young cop who specialized in undercover work.  They called it David Cassidy: Man Undercover. The series lasted for 10 episodes airing from November 2, 1978 to August 2, 1979.

Anyway, David would go on to continue with his acting,  musical career, doing musical theater, shows in Las Vegas and more.   Sadly, he would pass away at age 67 on November 21, 2017 from kidney and liver failure.  RIP, David, we miss ya!

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Cher’s 1979 Poster

 

A really nice colorful pose of Cher from 1979 released through her own production company.  I am not 100% certain about the history of this poster, but I did read that it was used to advertise her shows she performed at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and I am only speculating here, but perhaps it was available as a souvenir as well.

Jaclyn Smith’s 1979 Pro Arts Poster

A lovely pose of Jaclyn from 1979.  She gained fame as Kelly Garrett on Charlie’s Angels and was the only member of the original trio to stay for the entire run of the series.  She had other poster releases as well, most through Pro Arts, but a few from Bi-Rite, too.

A Nice 1977 Poster of Andy Gibb

A very nice poster of Andy released in 1978. The poster was printed in Switzerland and distributed by Idealdecor and measures around 27 x 40.  I have no idea if it was ever released into the US or just into foreign markets.

It is hard to believe that Andy has been gone for 30 years.    I remember him from my days as a kid during the 70’s.  He was a musical teen idol  starting in the middle 1970’s and by the time the mid 80’s rolled around his popularity begin to decline because of drug and alcohol abuse.  With time and effort, he beat his additions and by early 1988, was looking forward to getting his life and musical career back on track and was hoping to sign a contract with Island Records (a contract he never got to sign) to have a new album out by late 1988.   But, it seemed life had other plans for Andy who began to suffer from chest pains and was admitted on March 5, 1988 (his birthday of all days) to the John Radcliff Hosptial in Oxford, England. Sadly, just five days later, on March 10, he would pass away.

The myth that he died of a drug overdose is still very common and is totally wrong.  The official cause of his passing was inflammation of the heart caused by a viral infection.  Yes, it is probably true, that his  years of alcohol and drug abuse weakened and damaged his body thus helping to lead to this condition, but they weren’t the actual cause of his death.

From what I have read over the years, Andy was a kind and gentle soul and maybe that was his downfall, in a way,  having fame and success come to him so fast, and getting caught up in the hype and limelight.  Maybe he just wasn’t “hard” enough to resist the many temptations and “good stuff” that came his way.  It seems to me it would be kind of overwhelming and very seductive with people all around you offering you “things” because of your success.  Andy wasn’t the first celebrity to be seduced by fame and sadly, he won’t be the last.  Anyway, Andy was only 30 years old at the time of his passing.

Man of Fire was recorded by Andy in 1988 and showed up on a Greatest  Hits compilation released in 1991, by Polydor (some sources say Warner Brothers Records). This greatest hits compilation updated or replaced an earlier greatest hits release from 1980.  Man on Fire was a great song and I think it had such potential to be a hit. I think Andy sounded great on it.   I would have welcomed Andy back into the music scene if he had been able to release a new album.  While I can’t classify myself as an “Andy fan” (someone who faithfully bought every album, single, and collected material on him, etc), I can honestly say that I did like some of his music.  In fact, when he released his After Dark album (the first and only album I have of his),  I wanted it and asked my mom, who was going shopping one day (it was a school day, I couldn’t go along) to please get me a copy. Giving her the info needed (singer and album title) I was happy to discover,when I got home,  she had gotten it for me.  She laughingly told me that when she got to the store, she couldn’t remember the singer’s name or even the album title so she asked the clerk for the album that had a man on the front cover and it looked like he had lightening shooting out of his hands, lol.  The clerk knew who she meant.  🙂  Good memories.  🙂    Anyway, I hope Andy has been reunited with his brothers Robin and Maurice and they are making beautiful music in the after life.

Farrah’s “Mrs. Majors” Pro Arts Poster from 1977

A nice Pro Arts poster of Farrah released in 1977 when she was still Mrs. (Lee) Majors.   I believe there were at lease five different posters released via Pro Arts of Farrah during 1977 (the other four: Farrah Flower, L.A. Farrah, Farrah Paisley and Super Farrah).  I have no clue in what order they were released or how well they did sales wise.

When looking on EBay, I don’t seem to find this offered for sale as often as her other poses.  Perhaps it was a limited release, or maybe only available for purchase through her fan club,  I honestly don’t know.     I don’t recall ever seeing this for sale at any of the stores I was able to frequent (and purchase posters at) during my childhood when I was actively collecting posters and to be honest, I never knew of its existence until years ago when I started gawking on EBay for posters.

Pamela Sue Martin as Nancy Drew Pro Arts Poster

A nice poster of Pamela Sue Martin as her TV alter-ego, Nancy Drew from 1977.

The series, The Hard Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries ran on ABC television from January 30, 1977 to January 14, 1979.   The Hardy Boys and Nancy had their own segment and would alternate each week.  By the time the second season rolled around, producers had Nancy and The Hardy Boys (Shaun Cassidy as Joe Hardy and Parker Stevenson as Frank Hardy) solving mysteries together.   Pamela left mid way through the  second season and the role of Nancy was recast with actress Janet Louis Johnson.By the time the third season rolled around,  Nancy was just a pleasant memory as the character was dropped and the show was retitled simply The Hardy Boys.   The name change brought some big changes to the characters as well,  Joe and Frank now worked for the Justice Department which was a big leap from teen sleuths on the first and second seasons.

Bo Derek’ Wet Shirt Poster Pose

bo derek1979 poster of Bo Derek, the woman who dethroned Farrah Fawcett as premere sex symbol for the late 70s and into the 80s.   This is a Bo Derek Inc, Standford Blum Enterprises poster release.  This is one of at least four posters of Bo on the market here in the US (I don’t know how many posters, if any, were released into foreign markets).   Although, I am not sure, I suspect, highly, that this photo was taken by Bo’s hubby, John.

Debby Boone’s 1978 Star City Poster

A very lovely pose of Debby released in 1978 by Star City, Inc.  Debby gained fame for her song You Light Up My Life which hit #1 on the Billboard charts in 1977 and stayed there for 10 weeks straight.    The song was the used in the film of the same name, starring Didi Conn who lip-synched the song, which, in the film was performed by Kacey Cisyk and not Debby.

Catherine Bach’s 1979 Western Graphics Poster

Catherine Bach made a name for herself by starring as Daisy Duke in the CBS series The Dukes of Hazzard that aired from 1979 to 1985.  Shown here, in this 1979 Western Graphics poster release, as her alter-ego, Daisy, it is easy to see how this poster, reportedly, sold 5 million copies.    For being such a popular female teen idol, the lovely Catherine had few posters releases.

Starsky and Hutch’s 1976 Bi Rite Poster

For being so popular in teen magazines, these two actors had very little in the way of a “poster life”.  There is at least one poster of Paul Michael (released by Pro Arts, I think) but none of David Soul, that I can think of right off hand.  Anyway, Bi Rite released this pose in 1976 (there is a collage poster from the series available, but it is almost as difficult to find as this poster), showing not just Glaser and Soul, but the famous  Ford Gran Torino driven by Starsky. Reportedly, Paul Michael hated the car because he didn’t believe that an undercover cop would drive something that would stand, out so easily, in a crowd.   He had a point, don’t ya think?