Why would they? It would have been extra work, and as long as there‘s enough storage space, why bother?
 
Throughout the 60s and early 70s, things changed dramatically for the movie industry. With the growing influence of television, many cinemas had to shut down. 
 
I figure it was part of that change that the NSS facilities started to clear their warehouses. In Germany, distribution was done by the individual corporations, but things went the same way: During the 70s and 80s pretty much all of them cleared their inventories of old paper stock. Some was saved by collectors, but the vast majority was discarded.
 
It‘s still happening today: I recently stumbled over newspaper article on the web that described how the entire inventory of a Progress Film warehouse had already been delivered to a paper mill, where a guy from the local university discovered and saved it. They are now planning to file it, like a million pieces or what. 
 
Progress Film was the exclusively distributor for socialist East-Germany, and the collection was said to contains material from early 1950s until 1990. 
 
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Thanks for info but I wonder why they weren’t purging old posters? Yep, I know they re-released movies once or twice 5-10 years later but they usually printed new posters. So they presumably had stacks of ancient posters that were never going to be used...
 
On Feb 18, 2018, at 4:31 PM, Todd <toddfeier...@msn.com> wrote:
 
Not a nerdy question at all.
 
I can't speak for all of the NSS Exchanges but when I had my connection with NSS in the mid to late 1970 and early 1980's, my connection was still able to get posters going back to the 1930's.
 
No Casablanca's or Frankenstein's or other possibe Classic titles, but definitely posters going all the way back to the 1930's.
 
Todd
 

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Just to clarify, I know they were all printed at the exchanges and then distributed....
 
On Sun, Feb 18, 2018 at 4:12 PM, MoviePoster Collectors<moviepostercollect...@gmail.com> wrote:
Not sure why this percolated into my brain, but did the NSS Exchanges systematically purge old posters (i.e.10+ years old) so that by the time they shut down in the mid-80s they just didn't have older posters that were not - or could not - have been rescued?
 
I heard an interview explaining that a Canadian exchange one day just tossed out its older posters. I also read that somebody visited the Atlanta (or Miami) exchange and it didn't have any older posters when it shut down.
 
If the surviving 1945-75 posters didn't originate one way or another from the exchanges, where the he[ck] did they come from? 
 
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Mel S. Hutson
Charlotte, NC USA
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Charlotte, NC USA
www.moviepostercollectors.guide: Movie Poster Collecting Reference and Showcase
 
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