DT reader Jordi spotted some great vintage Disney movie posters coming up for sale this month at Christie's South Kensington location in London. In the proper UV plexi frame, they'd make great additions to a nursery--and you could re-auction them and recoup the cost when the kid outgrows them.
Seriously, do they even make posters this awesome anymore? I haven't been to a theater for ages, so I can't say. Lot 702, Alice in Wonderland [above] is Jordi's pick, and I agree, it's the poppingest of the kidclassic bunch.
But if you think outside the Disney box, there are some even greater options. And remember, kids can't see color until they're like six months old or something, so black and white is perfect for their visual development:
The one that immediately caught my eye was Lot 709, a grid of stills from Luis Bunuel & Salvador Dali's surrealist classic, Un Chien Andalou. You might find yourself at some point having to explain the grabass going on in the lower left, though.
If you'd rather explain rampaging Hell's Angels at Altamont, no sweat, Lot 830, is a great big 30x40 poster for Gimme Shelter, the Maysles brothers' notorious 1970 concert doc.
And if you'd rather just be sure you leave a lifelong imprint on your kid's nightmares, you don't have to wait to show him the flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz. You could just hang Lot 693, the poster from Akira Kurosawa's 1980 samurai epic, Kagemusha over his crib.
And if color is a must for your cineaste-in-training Lot 816 is a signed, numbered edition poster for the 1967 NY Film Festival designed [obviously] by Andy Warhol.
Let me know what you get.
Vintage Film Posters, Christie's London, June 23, 2010 [christies.com thanks dt reader jordi]