Vintage original 28 x 42 in. US one-sheet poster from the one-reel silent film comedy, THE DAY AFTER (SEEING THE OLD YEAR OUT), released in 1909 by the General Film Service, produced by the Biograph Company, and directed by D.W. Griffith.
The stone lithograph artwork depicts W. Chrystie Miller representing "The Old Year" while young Blanche Sweet (in one of her earliest featured appearances) waves her hand in representatin of "The New Year" during a New Year's eve celebration. This is the only known example of this poster, which has been professionally linen-backed in fine condition with restoration to address only minor items in the folds and borders.
Released on December 30, 1909 as a New Year's Eve-themed comedy, *"Mr. and Mrs. Hilton (Arthur V. Johnson, Marion Leonard) throw a New Year's Eve party. They agree not to drink the punch themselves, but as guests begin to arrive their resolve weakens, and soon they are both cavorting drunkenly. Next morning, Mr. Hilton, feeling very sick, is conscience-stricken over his behavior. He fears to face his wife until he discovers that she feels just as guilty herself."
*"The Biograph Company, also known as the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, was a motion picture company founded in 1895 and active until 1916. It was the first company in the United States devoted entirely to film production and exhibition, and for two decades was one of the most prolific, releasing over 3000 short films and 12 feature films. During the height of silent film as a medium, Biograph was America's most prominent film studio and one of the most respected and influential studios worldwide, only rivaled by Germany's UFA, Sweden's Svensk Filmindustri and France's Pathé. The company was home to pioneering director D. W. Griffith and such actors as Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, and Lionel Barrymore."
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