Scope and Contents
The Globe Poster Printing Corporation records consist of the company’s business records, posters and other printing output, production process materials, and letterpress cuts, with each main series spanning varying periods of time. Geographically, Globe received and sent orders for clients up and down the East coast, into to the Midwest, and down into the South, including Texas. Other regions of the country contained less common patrons due to high freight costs and the presence of other printing business options.
The majority of the business records are from the company’s operation under the Cicero family (1975-2010) and document the process of creating a poster or other product, including the order forms, rolodexes, and correspondence tracking customer orders; ledgers and invoices showing financial transaction between Globe and the customer; forms, proofs, and imagery files detailing the design and revision process, and receipts for the supplies and equipment used to create the final product, and even samples of supplies sent from manufacturers. These records overlap with the financial and administrative oversight of Globe as well as some early affiliated printing businesses: Globe Atlanta-Chicago-Dallas-Philadelphia-Pittsburgh, Triangle Poster, and Southern Poster (1934-1947). The governance and financial records for all of the above can include originating documents, meeting minutes, building leases, legal activities, and ledgers and printouts generated by accounting and span the entire company history, with some periods documented more heavily. The business records also include a selection of personal effects of the primary families in charge and information about trade shows for the amusement business they frequently worked with (1970s-2000s).
The product for which Globe made their name in this collection is wide-ranging, yet only retains bulk amounts in the areas of carnival, fair and circus posters, music posters, and political posters, as well as other community-related advertisements. Music posters largely span the 1970s through the 2000s, with a few from earlier decades, and some reprints of popular posters of the 1960s reprinted in the 1990s. Carnival posters number in the thousands, and some posters from the 1960s and 1970s appear, but are generally of the 1980s through 2000s period. The posters for gospel plays and musicals, the black comic community, parties and contests at night clubs, performing arts, festivals, small community events, and sporting events are also largely from the 1980s through the 2000s, as well as the signs and other products for commercial and business enterprises are from this time period as well.
In addition to the posters and banners, Globe printed paper items such as flyers, tickets, and menus, along with bumper stickers. The bumper stickers cover the widest range of time, especially if one includes the production process records for them, including the 1950s and beyond. The bulk of the flyers and tickets and other ephemera are dated from the 1980s to 2000s.
The posters and other product generated by Globe required various processes, tools, and equipment to create and are a critical part of understanding the breadth of Globe’s work, as this material includes the precursor materials to Globe’s earliest output. The processes used to fill orders changed over the years, creating a wide variety of materials used in the production process. Those contained in this collection include thin sheets of plastics such as film positives and rubyliths. A wide variety of paper materials are included such as poster-size, pencil-sketched proofs, mockups and layouts, along with artwork in varying mediums. There are files filled with the magazine clippings and clip art referred to or used by artists, as well as the photographs, publicity slicks, and album covers converted into either photo or image cuts.
The final element of the Globe collection is the three-dimensional objects known as cuts. Every block has a wooden base and is topped with a manufactured metal plate or carved linoleum, or has enough height to be carved into directly. These blocks number in the thousands and span the entire company history and are helpful in filling in the gaps for Globe’s early decades.