January 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
You have all seen the IVPDA logo on our business cards, postcards and correspondence over the years, and maybe you’ve wondered what it is. The International Vintage Poster Dealers Association is a trade organization that was formed a decade ago to develop stringent guidelines for defining what can be sold as a vintage poster, to educate the public about collecting vintage posters, and to ensure that the public can buy with confidence from any IVPDA member.
What I like about the organization is the concept of a group defining standards of ethics together. I also like having a forum of colleagues: if we have questions, we can find an expert in any area in the group. To become a member, one must have been in the business of selling posters for 5 years, and must be nominated by 3 colleagues. If accepted, the new member becomes a provisional member for three years. This allows the IVPDA to be certain that they are admitting only dealers with the highest ethical standards.
We have been a member of the IVPDA in good standing since 2003. At the time, we were the youngest dealer ever admitted.
We want you to be able to buy with confidence. We have always felt that if you buy a good poster, you will love it for life, and perhaps buy more than one, even convert your friends and neighbors to become poster collectors. But if you buy a “bad poster,” that’s it, your collecting days are finished you will question the entire industry for life.
So look for the IVPDA logo whenever you buy vintage posters and be sure your yet budding or already passionate love for posters won’t be disbudded.
Elizabeth Norris, owner of Vintage European Posters, served as Vice President of the IVPDA from 2007 to 2010. She currently chairs the IVPDA’s P.R Committee.