At the end of last year, things were grim at Globe Poster. There was talk of selling the presses for scrap and shutting down the Highlandtown plant by January. In today’s market, it’s nearly impossible for an old school poster company to survive—despite the fact that Globe’s designs are now iconic and you can practically chart the development of African-American music through their show posters. But out of nowhere, a poster collector contacted Globe about reproducing a line of their vintage posters. Now, the old designs are rolling off the presses, and the folks at Globe are all smiles. “It’s great to see those presses spitting out James Brown and Ike & Tina Turner posters,” says Bob Cicero, one of Globe’s owners. “I remember when we printed them the first time around.””It’s something of a miracle,” says Frank, Bob’s brother. Check them out at Globe’s website.There’s also a documentary film about Globe in the works. More on that later.

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