John Wayne's "The Alamo" Movie Poster
The Duke's Alamo
There's something special about this print you might not notice straight off. I'll tell you what that is in a minute.
First, let's talk a bit about the movie.
John Wayne had wanted to make The Alamo since 1945, but the studios wouldn't let him do it his way.
So he formed his own production company and raised the millions needed to do the job. Which meant building an accurate replica of the Alamo at Brackettville. It took two years and well over a million adobe bricks.
To say this movie means a lot to many, many Texans is an understatement. For quite a few it sparked a lifelong love for learning about the Alamo.
A lot of them can still quote from it, and do.
My personal favorite is spoken by Davy Crockett (played by John Wayne himself.)
"Republic. I like the sound of the word. It means people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose. Some words give you a feeling. Republic is one of those words that makes me tight in the throat; the same tightness a man gets when his baby takes his first step or his first baby shaves and makes his first sound like a man. Some words can give you a feeling that makes your heart warm. Republic is one of those words."
Some people bad-mouth the film for the historical accuracy of its costuming and other such things. I think this is like complaining that Macbeth is not completely faithful to Scottish history. It's a story about how events and beliefs collide. About how such collisions cause men to make history. So, maybe John Wayne's movie isn't Shakespearian in its language, but it is at its heart.
An Addition to the Edition
So, what's special about this particular print?
Remember the "Republic" quote above? It's special to a lot of people. That's why we added the first line to the top of the the print. That will only be on the 254 copies of this limited edition. Makes it extra special.
This special edition is 24 by 18 inches and is limited to 254 copies, one for each county in Texas. Each one is hand-numbered.
- 24 by 18 inches
- Limited Edition of just 254 copies
- Each one is hand-numbered
- The highest quality reproduction you can buy
The paper is acid free, cold press cotton with an elegant ever so lightly textured finish. This surface allows the inks to 'bite', reproducing the shading and tonality of the original map vividly, beautifully, and exactly.
The inks are guaranteed color-fast for 80 years, which means you won't need to lay out the extra money for UV glass. You can hang your map in direct sun and it will be just as bright when they are passed on to the next generation it is the day it ships.
It's an instant heirloom. Get yours before they're gone...and get one to give to a friend. He'll owe you!
- Shipping is $5 for this item.
- Ships within 3 business days.
- Ships in a sturdy tube.
We will gladly buy it back if you decide you don't want it anymore. There's no time limit on that.