My Favourite Collection – Erin Walsh, Port Hope Archives

It was Valentine’s Day 2013, when one of the most vibrant and interesting collections at the Port Hope Archives came through our door: the Capitol Theatre Poster Collection (PHA#2013.5).

2013-5-4 - No Greater Sin Poster


The collection consists of 14 hand-painted posters created by staff at Port Hope’s Capitol Theatre, c1941-1942.  The posters contain information on movies that were to be shown at the theatre.  It includes:

“Two Yanks in Trinidad”

“The Men in Her Life”

“Ship Ahoy”

“A Bedtime Story”

“Her Cardboard Lover”

“This Gun for Hire”

“No Greater Sin”

“I Married an Angel”

“Adventures of Martin Eden”

The posters were in generally poor condition when they were donated, because they had been discovered during the process of a renovation.  Even so, they cleaned up quite well, and have been a great source of entertainment in our reading room ever since!

“No Greater Sin” is a 1941 film about a local health official who tries to stop the spread of VD in a town.  Starring: Leon Ames, Luana Walters, Pamela Blake.


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