Last week I shared a story of two women who found fortune in searching antique shops when they chanced upon old movie plates used to make movie posters. The wooden printing plates turned out to be quite valuable. The women shared that they enjoyed reliving the feeling of seeing many of the movies from the 1950s that they had seen when they were young. I have some of the same feelings. I love watching movies. The best movies ever made, in my opinion, were during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, right when I was growing up. Consequently, they have had a strong influence on my life. Are the movies during that time not as realistic as the movies of today? Perhaps, but I still prefer the romantic and optomistic feeling from the movies that were produced in that period. It was a very good time in America and I think that was reflected in the movies. The following is a list of my favorite movies with a guess as to what year it was produced and my synopsis of each.
I really enjoy shows such as The Hunt for Amazing Treasures. A one hour show will often have half a dozen interesting treasure stories. One of the discoveries that I wanted retell took place in the Midwest. Two women would spend time most Saturdays visiting garage sales or traveling to antique shops in the area. They enjoyed each other’s company as well as the hunt for garage treasure. Some people really have a knack for this which I do not. I could not tell you if something is valuable or if it is just junk. But that is part of the hunt, and not that they can always either. Many times garage treasure hunters just buy on a hunch hoping it will be worth something.
The story goes that they had spent most of the day together, were tired and ready to get home, but decided to visit one more antique shop in Omaha, NB. Towards the back of the shop they noticed what looked like large wooden blocks that a printer might use. The blocks were of various sizes and they realized were for movies. The blocks were actually movie poster printing plates. They seemed unique, different in that they did not look like a whole mass production of the same printing plates but were each different. In other words, each printing block represented one movie. As the picked up individual plates they enjoyed thinking about the many movies brought back to memory. They checked with the store owner who said she had had the blocks for years and that those on display were just a few of the thousands she had taking up space in the back. She was willing to sell the whole lot of them.
They bought all of them for two thousand dollars and then began to research if indeed they were worth anything. First question was why were the blocks in Nebraska? What is the connection with Omaha and Hollywood? In times past the movie industry would have posters printed in Omaha because it was centrally located in the country, and easy to disseminate the posters quickly. Next question, were they rare and if so, worth anything? It turns out each block could be worth hundreds of dollars. The bottom line, the value of their $2000 purchase could be worth over $2,000,000. The women had enjoyed their time treasure trekking, and now they enjoy sharing their treasure with others who also love movies like they do.
I won’t be buying any movie memorabilia, but I also like movies. The women looked to be about my age, in their late fifties and just like me grew up in the late fifties and early sixties, a time when the best movies were made. At least that is my opinion. You will have to wait until next week for me to list my all time favorite movies, most of which are in the 50’s & 60’s time frame. As the women said on the show, “movies are a treasure to them,” and I could not agree more. Movies have not only brought me much entertainment but in reality have influenced my life more then I probably realize. They bring back a treasure trove of memories.