You Can Now Download Thousands of Vintage Movie Posters in High Resolution

Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

The archives at the University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center are a cinephile’s dream. The research library boasts a massive collection of roughly 10,000 vintage movie posters that date back to the 1920s. And now, as Kottke.org highlights, the center is digitizing the collection to make it available online so that anyone can see and download items from it.

As of right now, 4000 of the posters have been digitized, and the collection is slowly becoming available online. The posters date back to the earliest days of the film industry, and in their physical form, they range between small 14-inch-by-22-inch window cards to 20-foot-long billboards. Many come from the Interstate Theater Circuit, a theater chain that at one point encompassed nearly every movie theater in Texas. As a result, much of the collection held at UT Austin is from the 1940s through the 1970s, the heyday of Interstate’s reign over Texas theaters. Films of the ‘50s and ‘60s are especially well represented. There are also plenty of B-movie posters courtesy of Philip Sills, a poster dealer who donated his collection to the university in the 1960s.

The entirety of the Ransom Center collection won’t be available online for a while, because the process involves more than just scanning the original material. Each poster has to be carefully set up and photographed in high resolution and its metadata entered into the database. The center expects to be digitizing for at least the next year, and possibly into 2019.

For now, there are 500 posters available to view online and download in high resolution.

Browse for yourself here.

[h/t Kottke.org]

Target Has Launched a Harry Potter Line of Clothing, Accessories, and Home Goods

Target
Target

No more blending in with the mediocre Muggles—now wizards can decorate and accessorize like the magical creatures they are with Target's brand-new line of Harry Potter clothing and home goods.

Target shoppers will feel like they’ve stepped through Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station as they wander the Harry Potter-stuffed aisles. Popsugar reports that Target will carry more than 500 Harry Potter-themed items, including socks, lanterns, pillows, dolls and much more.

You’ll be able to wake up in your Hogwarts sheets, have your morning coffee in a Slytherin mug, and take a ride on a foam Nimbus 2000 replica while rocking a Potter t-shirt. Not sure what house you’re in? No sweat! Target is even carrying a real-life sorting hat.

Whether you need a gift for the kiddos, or just want to treat your inner witch, Target is sure to have the perfect find in its Wizarding World line.

House Boasting a ‘Harry Potter Room’ Under the Stairs Hits the Market in San Diego

Cupboard under the stairs featured on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter in London.
Cupboard under the stairs featured on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter in London.
Matt Robinson, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

When Harry Potter fans dream of living like the boy wizard, they may picture Harry's cozy quarters in the Gryffindor dormitory at Hogwarts. One home owner in San Diego, California is trying to spin one of Harry's much less idyllic living situations as a magical feature. As The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, a listing of a three-bedroom house for sale in the city's Logan Heights neighborhood boasts a "Harry Potter room"—a.k.a storage room under the stairs.

In the Harry Potter books, the cupboard under the stairs of the Dursley residence served as Harry's bedroom before he enrolled in Hogwarts. Harry was eager to escape the cramped, dusty space, but thanks to the series' massive success, a similar feature in a real-world home may be a selling point for Harry Potter fans.

Kristin Rye, the seller of the San Diego house, told The Union-Tribune she would read Harry Potter books to her son, though she wouldn't describe herself as a super fan. As for why she characterized her closet as a “large ‘Harry Potter’ storage room underneath stairs" in her real estate listing, she said it was the most accurate description she could think of. “It’s just this closet under the stairs that goes back and is pretty much like a Harry Potter room. I don’t know how else to describe it," she told the newspaper.

Beyond the cupboard under the stairs, Rye's listing doesn't bear much resemblance to the cookie-cutter, suburban home of 4 Privet Drive. Nearly a century old, the San Diego house has the same cobwebs and a musty smells you might expect from the Hogwarts dungeons, the newspaper reports. But there are some perks, including a parking spot and backyard space for a garden or pull-up bar. The 1322-square-foot home is listed at $425,000—cheaper than the median price of $620,000 for a resale single-family home in the area.

If you want to live like a wizard, you don't necessarily need to start by moving under a staircase. In North Yorkshire, England, a cottage modeled after Hagrid's Hut is available to rent on a nightly basis.

[h/t The San Diego Union-Tribune]

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