posteritati is an unassuming shop at the very bottom of chinatown (or soho according to some) just where it starts to bleed into the city hall and wall street area. usually, i wouldn’t think of roaming around there but there actually seem to be quite a few cute shops there including saturdays, a surf and espresso shop and this really lovely michele varian that i am sure i will profile later (and will be back for christmas shopping for sure).
back to posteritati. this is really more of a shop for those obsessed with film or just a particular film or just want something great for your walls. posteritati is well known as maybe the very best store around for cinema posters. with more than 12,000 posters available at the shop, and access to more through their extensive computer base (everything has been digitalized), posteritati is going to be able to get you what you want from wherever you want in whatever language you want. above (image provided by posteritati), is the 1967 italian poster for blow-up. other more esoteric selections include a german poster for the seven-year itch with art by dorothea fischer-nosbisch and a 1966 japanese poster for how to steal a million. if you want it, they will find it.
posteritati is fun to visit because it really functions as a gallery space, displaying mini exhibits that rotate several times a year. on view now is the “rock n’ roll” theme celebrating 40 years of woodstock. some of the posters on view include the beatles (above is one from japan), hair, woodstock, janis joplin and bob dylan. on thursday evening, october 22nd, posteritati is kicking off a new exhibit “best in show” where they’ll display some of their favorite canine and feline posters like wallace & gromit (a huge hit in our family), tintin and tom & jerry. that night, they’re hosting a benefit where they’ll sell four posters to the highest bidder, and all the proceeds will go to animal haven, a nonprofit that finds homes for abandoned cats and dogs.
once you find something you like, posteritati also offers linen-backing services to help “smooth out” the folds in most movie posters (nearly anything before 1990 was folded) and they will also frame your poster if you’d like. posteritati is especially great because they offer a wide range of prices (from as little as $25 to 50 to thousands), so this is an excellent gift spot especially for difficult to shop for people, like younger males for example! so i am going to be visiting posteritati often i think in my future – either on line or in person – for that perfect image. posteritati, 239 centre street between broome and grand streets, manhattan, new york, 212.226.2207.