Tuesday, August 2, 2016

1991 Positive Proof Films

This was a bit of an impulse purchase several months ago.  Curiosity got the better of me, and I spent way too much on this thing.  I wasn't really sure what it was when I bought it, and when it arrived it was a little bit underwhelming.  So without even so much as opening it, I stuck it somewhere to deal with later.  Only, I forgot where I stuck it.  Which happens from time to time, but usually not with items this large.  After a few weeks of looking, I resigned myself to the fact that it had probably been thrown out by mistake along with the packaging it came in.  Then showed it up this weekend, in a perfectly logical location that should have been the first place I looked for it.

Upon taking it out of the bag, I discovered that it was actually more interesting than I initially thought.  I still overpaid, but it's not a complete disaster.  What it is, is four clear film sheets, layered to create the image.  I may actually end up having a print made and then framing it with the four sheets horizontally.  Though, I'm not in a huge hurry to do so.

I bought it long enough ago, that the original ebay listing is gone, but I found one for a Darryl Strawberry that's still up.  Here's how it reads: 

1991 Norman James Positive Proof Films...

This lot consists of a set of 1991 Norman James Positive Color Proof Films of Los Angeles Dodgers' Darryl Strawberry.  There are four films, yellow, blue (cyan), Red (magenta), and black, which when placed carefully on top of each other make a beautiful full color proof.  The end product was probably a full size poster, but this set measures 9 1/4"x10 3/4" and has a black outer border which leaves an 8x10 image, but does not have the league, MLB Players' Choice, or Norman James logos on the bottom, which as an officially licensed MLB supplier, they almost always have.    We're not sure what the actual year of issue was as it is undated. This is a specialist item and came from the pre-press package of the larger poster, and of course is a One-Only Item.

So, whatever, I guess.  It all sounds very fancy.  I'd be curious to see if there was ever actually a poster made of this print, and by "poster," I mean a 24x36 poster.  I've never actually come across a Wallach poster that size.  Something I spent the better part of my childhood wishing someone would produce.  Here are some more pictures showing how the films flip. They're just held in place by a couple staples that could easily be removed.



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