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Stylized Laurel & Hardy Poster

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99 Laurel & Hardy

This poster, hon­or­ing the great­est com­e­dy duo of all time, was cre­at­ed by design­er and typog­ra­pher Chaz DeS­i­mone, who also cre­ates the titles for Joe Rinaudo’s film restora­tions. (He also designed the Silent Cin­e­ma Soci­ety logo and web­site.) Chaz takes great plea­sure and hon­or in design­ing for Joe, his best friend of over 50 years. He made sure this poster was extra-spe­cial, to the extent of con­sult­ing Joe about the exact hats Stan and Ollie wore.

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Download your free Laurel & Hardy poster here

The 11x17-inch high-res­o­lu­tion pdf is of gallery print qual­i­ty and suit­able for fram­ing. Vis­it this page and click on the large poster image to down­load the hi-rez pdf.

Lau­rel & Hardy” is the lat­est in Chaz DeSimone’s month­ly series called Amper­Art. Each piece fea­tures “the amper­sand as fun & fab­u­lous art.”

If you are a writer, edi­tor, design­er, pub­lish­er, artist — or if you just like the quirky design of the amper­sand, of which there are lots & lots of vari­a­tions — you will sure­ly enjoy Be sure to sub­scribe for your free month­ly amper­sand poster, suit­able for fram­ing.

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Titles & Intertitles



See authen­tic glass lantern slides from Joe Rinaudo’s col­lec­tion.



Joe Rin­au­do chopped off the tip of his fin­ger in a met­al shear the day before his birth­day a few years ago (it mirac­u­lous­ly grew back just like new), so  I cre­at­ed this “film title” as his birth­day card.


Hey, humor was crude back in the 1920’s.


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Meet Joseph A. Rinaudo, My Best Friend of 50 Years

by Chaz DeS­i­mone

Professor Rinaudo

Joe RinaudoPROFESSOR RINAUDOas silent cin­e­ma afi­ciona­dos call him, has been my friend for fifty years, since junior high school. Back then Joe Rin­au­do was col­lect­ing 16mm silent films and would put on shows for his friends.

Today he research­es, col­lects, restores and exhibits silent films (35mm the­se days) on a hand-crank pro­jec­tor, usu­al­ly with live accom­pa­ni­ment of the­ater organ or piano, as itin­er­ant shows to audi­ences in church­es and halls, just like it was done 100 years ago.

Twice a year Joe brings his itin­er­ant show to the opu­lent Nether­cutt Muse­um in Syl­mar, Cal­i­for­nia. He is invit­ed reg­u­lar­ly to hand-crank his 1909 Pow­ers Cin­ema­graph for spe­cial screen­ings at the Acad­e­my of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences (Oscars). Joe is also con­sul­tant and provider of restored films to the Library of Con­gress.

Please read the full sto­ry of Joe’s pas­sion for silent film here.