Posters are one of the best ways to show your fandom, whether to your favorite artist, singer, model, band, TV show, or movie. In the 70s, pin-ups are very popular, and you will see a lot of them hanged on the walls of houses and bedrooms. They are posters that feature models, known as pin-up girls whose mass-produced photos see wide appeal as popular culture. In the present time, they may be referred to as fashion models or actors.
Aside from pin-ups, movies, and as well as movie posters were also conversation pieces back in the 70s. The decade was home to some of the psychedelic and funky designs of movie posters. And up until today, there are still some collectors out there who are still searching for 70s posters that they can add to their collection.
If you want to travel back in time and see some of the best posters in the 70s decade, then you’ve come to the right place. Today, we are going to show you some of the most iconic posters of the 70s.
This is one of the most iconic posters in the 70s, which features Farrah Fawcett in her red bathing suit back in 1976. This poster was produced by the Pro Arts Company of Ohio, which was run by two brothers who focused on marketing youth-oriented posters.
In early 1976, one of the founders heard that many college students were purchasing women’s magazines just to see the Wella Balsam shampoo ads that featured Farrah Fawcett. With this, the company tracked down Farrah and arranged a photo shoot with her. The shoot took place beside the pool at her home in Bel-Air, California. She chose a red bathing suit for the shoot instead of a bikini to conceal a scar on her stomach.
Between the shoot and the release of the poster, Farrah has been hired as one of Charlie’s Angels, and a few episodes had aired. This was the reason why this poster sales fired up and turned Pro Arts into a multi-million-dollar company.
Just like Farrah Fawcett, Christie Brinkley was also a pin-up girl. In the late 70s, she was the fast of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue for three consecutive years. Aside from that, she also promoted Cover Girl for 25 years, and she was seen on 500 magazine covers. This is why her posters are very iconic back in the 70s.
Olivia Newton-John was already popular even before the movie Grease was released. She’s also a singer and has made a few #1 songs back in the 70s. Aside from that, she had also made a lot of guest appearances on TV variety shows. This is the reason why her posters are also very iconic in the decade. She had certainly struck the heart of a lot of teenage boys back in the 70s.
Lynda Carter was the woman who played the role of Wonder Woman from 1975 to 1979. She made superheroes very sexy during that time. This poster is probably one of the most iconic back in the 70s. You will see it displayed in many rooms and garages of homes.
Back in 1972, the seagull is a significant animal because it was the subject of a multi-million-dollar franchise. Jonathan Livingston Seagull was a feel-good story by Richard Bach, and it was very popular in the 70s. It has less than ten-thousand words but sold more than eight million copies both in hardcover and paperback. With these, various posters that were based on the novel became iconic, as well.
Nosferatu: The Vampyre was a movie in 1979, which was directed by Werner Herzog. Its poster seemed like it was made for an adult fairy-tale. The film truly deserved an intense one sheet to accompany it theatrically. The image on the poster is fantastic, and it is also as memorable as the film itself. And for some people, this design would make a great tattoo.
A Clockwork Orange is a movie by Stanley Kubrick back in 1971. It is based on the novel of Anthony Burgess of the same title. The movie is accompanied by an iconic poster that was designed by Philip Castle with the layout designer Bill Gold. According to Philip Castle, he tried to fit his drawings of a vicious-looking Malcolm McDowell exercising a shiny knife over a statue of a kneeling nude inside a giant letter A. It eventually turned into a pointed pyramid in the final version of the poster. It was then painted in hyper-pop hues against a white background.
Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror movie by Ridley Scott. Its poster features hen’s egg, which is relevant to the early teaser trailers of the film, as well. The egg has become emblematic of the franchise as a whole, against the Alien egg which appeared in the finished film. It is a legendary movie that still terrifies audiences up until today. And no one can’t imagine this movie without the infamous graphic on this poster. If you’ve lived in the 70s, it doesn’t get any better than this.
Aloha, Bobby, and Rose is a road drama film released in 1975. It is about a young couple who accidentally caused the death of a store clerk during their first date. The story revolved around how they run from the law. This film has an iconic poster featuring Bobby and Rose talking outside Bobby’s ’68 Camaro with the Hollywood sign behind them. This movie was filmed on a low budget but was able to become a huge box office feat, making it one of the most successful films of 1975.
Dawn of the Dead is a 1978 horror film that is also known internationally as Zombi or Zombie. It is a truly shocking film that is accompanied by a shocking poster, as well. The iconic poster of this film features bold-red font, and the absolute raggedness of it matches the tone of the film. This was the 2nd film that was directed by George A. Romero, next to the Night of the Living Dead. This film was one of the 500 Greatest Movies of All Time.
The Parallax View is a political thriller film that was released in 1974. This movie and its poster prove that the 1970s was the golden era of conspiracy thrillers and film posters. This poster is probably one of the best pieces of movie-related artwork of the 70s, with no exceptions, making it an iconic poster of the decade.
Apocalypse Now is a classic war movie about the Vietnam War, and it was released in 1979. This was one of the films in the 70s that crept under your skin and stayed for days. This film’s iconic poster features both the scale of the film and Marlon Brando’s almost blood-soaked appearance. It wasn’t really comforting when you first see it back in the 70s.
Taxi Driver is a neo-noir psychological thriller film in 1976, which starred Robert De Niro. The film is accompanied by a really cool poster featuring Robert De Niro walking down the street. What’s interesting about this poster is that it does not tell anything about the story of the film. It just gave people an unsettling vibe. It also depicts the loneliness of the character in the movie.
These are some of the most iconic posters of the 70s. From pin-ups to movie posters, the 70s surely has the most stunning poster designs. You may not have seen many of these posters for a while, but if you grew up in the 70s, they are positively stored in your memory.