The Australian Long Daybill


My first love and passion in poster collecting is the humble Australian daybill.

I love that most of the time you get artwork on them differs from the main US version which seems to dominate alot of collections. Its size makes it perfect for framing, enabling you to put more of them up on the wall.

I have a particular fondness and soft spot for the long daybill. But I am getting ahead of myself...

Firstly, the humble daybill can vary greatly in size, but the most common would be approximately 13" x 30". This size daybill came into use around the 1940s and although in some rare occassions is still used to date, they are becoming obsolete.

The long daybill is approximately 15" x 40" and often has a white space at the top of the poster where theatres were able to write in the session times for the films. They are quite rare and relatively hard to come by. Usually, they feature some stunning artwork. Long daybills were utilised up unto the early 1940s when the smaller format was adopted.

Here I have included a selection of long daybills from my personal collection which I absolutely adore.

Do Re Mi Company
(1910-1920)
The Woman On The Index
(1919)
For Your Daughter's Sake? aka The Common Sin
(1920)
A Daughter Of Australia
(1922)
       
Four Hearts
(1922)
Monna Vanna
(1922)
Stranger Of The North aka Big Timber
(1922)
Turn To The Right
(1922)
       
A Woman Of Paris
(1923)
Her Fatal Millions
(1923)
Long Live The King
(1923)
Scaramouche
(1923)
       
Scaramouche
(1923)
Shifting Sands
(1923)
The Social Code
(1923)
St Elmo
(1923)
       
The Age Of Desire
(1923)
Against All Odds
(1924)
Circe The Enchantress
(1924)
Flaming Barriers
(1924)
       
In Every Woman's Life
(1924)
Love Letters
(1924)
Men
(1924)
Secrets
(1924)
       
So Big
(1924)
The Arizona Express
(1924)
The Bedroom Window
(1924)
The Great White Way
(1924)
       
The Sword Of Valor
(1924)
Bright Lights
(1925)
Fine Clothes
(1925)
Playing With Souls
(1925)
     
The Man In Blue
(1925)
Behind The Front
(1926)
For Wives Only
(1926)
Laddie
(1926)
       
No Babies Allowed aka No Babies Wanted
(1926)
The Dangerous Dub
(1926)
The Wilderness Woman
(1926)
A Kiss In A Taxi
(1927)
       
For The Term Of His Natural Life
(1927)
For The Term Of His Natural Life
(1927)
Her Father Said No!
(1927)
Matrimony
(1927)
       
New York
(1927)
Prince Of Adventurers
(1927)
Running Wild
(1927)
See You In Jail
(1927)
       
The College Widow
(1927)
The Way of All Flesh
(1927)
A Blonde For A Night
(1928)
Across The Atlantic
(1928)
       
Adam's Apple
(1928)
Annapolis
(1928)
Eileen aka Glorious Youth
(1928)
How To Manage Women
(1928)
       
So This Is Love
(1928)
Tenth Avenue
(1928)
The Cossacks
(1928)
The Michigan Kid
(1928)
       
The Red Mark
(1928)
The Ringer
(1928)
The Warning
(1928)
Troublesome Wives
(1928)
       
Children Of The Ritz
(1929)
His Glorious Night
(1929)
So This Is College
(1929)
The Cohens And Kellys In Atlantic City
(1929)
       
The Hottentot
(1929)
City Girl
(1930)
Mammy
(1930)
The Romantic Vagabond aka What A Man
(1930)
       
Arrowsmith
(1931)
Homicide Squad
(1931)
That's Cricket (Reproduction)
(1931)
The Mystery Train
(1931)
       
New Morals For Old
(1932)
The Lost Squadron
(1932)
The Mysterious Rider
(1932)
The Squatter's Daughter
(1933)
       
The Squatter's Daughter
(1933)
Clara Gibbings
(1933)
The Gay Bride
(1934)
The Richest Girl In The World
(1934)
       
A Day In The Lives Of The Dionne Quintuplets
(1935)
Bonnie Scotland
(1935)
Broadway Gondolier
(1935)
Curly Top
(1935)
       
David Copperfield
(1935)
Dressed To Thrill
(1935)
Fang and Claw
(1935)
Fighting Youth
(1935)
       
Grandad Rudd
(1935)
Grandad Rudd
(1935)
In Caliente
(1935)
Our Little Girl
(1935)
       
Public Hero Number 1
(1935)
She Gets Her Man
(1935)
The Affair Of Susan
(1935)
3 Live Ghosts
(1936)
       
Captain January
(1936)
Crack-Up
(1936)
Crash Donovan
(1936)
Dangerous Waters
(1936)
       
Dimples
(1936)
Murder By An Aristocrat
(1936)
Nobody's Fool
(1936)
Ramona
(1936)

 

       
Sinister House aka Muss 'Em Up
(1936)
Stowaway
(1936)
Strangers on Honeymoon
(1936)
The Flying Doctor
(1936)

 

       
The Flying Doctor
(1936)
The Girl on the Front Page
(1936)
The Magnificent Brute
(1936)
Too Many Parents
(1936)
       
Two in a Crowd
(1936)
2 Wise Maids
(1937)
Aren't Men Beasts!
(1937)
Artists and Models
(1937)
       
Bulldog Drummond Escapes
(1937)
Cafe Colette
(1937)
Espionage
(1937)
Fire Over England
(1937)
       
Flight From Glory
(1937)
Love is News
(1937)
Nobody's Baby
(1937)
Prescription For Romance
(1937)
       
Renfrew of the Royal Mounted
(1937)
The Frog
(1937)
The Last Train From Madrid
(1937)
Woman I Love
(1937)
       
Waikiki Wedding
(1937)
Boys Town
(1938)
Comet Over Broadway
(1938)
Dramatic School
(1938)
       
Hold My Hand
(1938)
If I Were King
(1938)
Jane Steps Out
(1938)
Return at Dawn
(1938)
       
Service De Luxe
(1938)
Sing You Sinners
(1938)
Star Of The Circus
(1938)
Sweethearts
(1938)
       
The Last Express
(1938)
Torchy Blane In Panama
(1938)
Blackwell's Island
(1939)
Champion Chumps aka $1000 A Touchdown
(1939)
       
Come Up Smiling
(1939)
Gone To The Dogs
(1939)
Joe And Ethel Turp Call On The President
(1939)
Little Accident
(1939)
       
Maisie
(1939)
Mickey The Kid
(1939)
Miracles For Sale
(1939)
Mutiny on the Blackhawk
(1939)
       
My Wife's Relatives
(1939)
Night Work
(1939)
Nine Bachelors
(1939)
Paris Honeymoon
(1939)
       
Risky Business
(1939)
Smashing The Money Ring
(1939)
Street of Missing Men
(1939)
Sudden Money
(1939)
       
Swanee River
(1939)
Swift Vengeance aka The Rookie Cop
(1939)
The Four Just Men aka The Secret Four
(1939)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
(1939)
       
The Ice Follies Of 1939
(1939)
The Real Glory
(1939)
These Glamour Girls
(1939)
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle
(1939)
     

 

The Sun Never Sets
(1939)
They Asked For It
(1939)
Tower Of London
(1939)
Unexpected Father
(1939)
       
Wolf Call
(1939)
Black Diamonds
(1940)
Chasing Trouble
(1940)
Dad Rudd M.P.
(1940)
       
Daance, Girl, Dance
(1940)
Escape
(1940)
Gallant Sons
(1940)
Gangs of Chicago
(1940)
       
Girl From Avenue A
(1940)
Half A Sinner
(1940)
La Conga Nights
(1940)
Life With Henry
(1940)
       
Love, Honor and Oh-Baby!
(1940)
Married and in Love
(1940)
Phantom Raiders
(1940)
Primrose Path
(1940)
       
The Fatal Hour
(1940)
The House Of The Seven Gables
(1940)
The Man From Dakota
(1940)
The Middle Watch
(1940)
       
The Old Swimmin' Hole
(1940)
Viva Cisco Kid
(1940)
We Who Are Young
(1940)
Wings Of Destiny
(1940)
       
Wolf Of New York
(1940)
Blondie Goes Latin
(1941)
Invitation To A Murder aka Flight From Destiny
(1941)
Mr. District Attorney
(1941)
       
One Night in Lisbon
(1941)
Rage In Heaven
(1941)
The Face Behind The Mask
(1941)
The Ghost of St. Michael's
(1941)
       
 
The Great Train Robbery
(1941)
The Lady From Cheyenne
(1941)
The Man Who Lost Himself
(1941)
 
       

 

 

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