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From Hippie Hearthrobs to Relentless Runners: Motivational Posters and Me

April 3, 2008

By Islay Julen, Operations Manager, Sports Poster Warehouse


I never bought a poster – sports or otherwise – when the craze hit in the 60’s. Yes, unfortunately, I do remember that far back, when it seemed you could find a poster shop on every block, alongside a record store or head shop!

Nevertheless, the psychedelic, Day-Glo poster art of that era (some of it now worth thousands) did appeal to me. How could it not? The likenesses of Davy Jones, the Beatles and countless other heartthrobs of the moment were immortalized in life-size images that stared out from the walls of rec rooms and bedrooms in the homes of virtually all my friends. But because money was in short supply during my growing-up years, whatever I earned went for other objects of my affection – make-up, love beads, and the like.

Back then, as well, I didn’t exactly see myself becoming an employee of the world’s largest online retailer of sports posters early in the new millennium. This is not to say that I didn’t fall in love with the job, because I did. Part of the reason for that, I suppose, was the way the job and its link to sports dove-tailed so nicely with other changes then going on in my life.  I had surprised everyone, especially myself, by becoming an avid distance runner, after years of refusing to do anything that made for perspiration! In the process, I emerged as the cliché convert, proselytizing anyone who’d listen on the joys of running and physical fitness. 

The first poster I ever purchased was for my partner, Stephen.  That piece of wall art, titled Winter Running, features a sentiment that we whole-heartedly share – “The air may chill, the snow may fall, but the runner’s passion never cools.”  Winter running, you’ve gotta do it to love it!

Winter Runner RUNNER’S PASSION Poster

My second poster was for my special “Running Room” (otherwise known as the den) at home. Long ago I became addicted to those shiny participation medals handed out at races and wanted to show them off to family and friends. So my partner and I mounted them (with other race paraphernalia) in shadow boxes on the four walls of our one-room running retreat.  To pull the display together, we needed a “statement piece.” So up on one wall went a poster called, Sharing the Passion, depicting a couple running together at sunset. 

Running Wall including Sharing the Passion Poster

Then, last year, I gave a poster to a young man whom I had the pleasure of spending some time with during the previous summer. He had run with his father, grandfather, and me in his first race ever – a 5Kand came in second in his age group. This, I thought, was clearly poster-worthy.  So back at work I found the perfect running poster, duly delivered it to him and enjoyed the smile it brought to his face.  Challenge Running was a great hit.  So for Christmas, Steve Prefontaine, one of America’s legendary short-distance runners, featured on one of our posters found it was into the Christmas packages  under their tree.  Not wanting his sister, an avid swimmer on her varsity team, to be left out, I picked out Destiny Lies Ahead.  She beamed (I thought) and it now graces her bedroom wall.

Womens Swimming Poster Destiny Lies Ahead

Now I’m in full poster giveaway mode. I found the perfect poster for the next run those three great guys (the young man, his father, and grandfather) will be running together.  The poster – “Winners”, featuring three people running together, away from the camera into the sunrise – will tickle me when they all sign it, and I have it mounted for preservation.

Winners Running Poster Running Trio

Do some of my family and friends think I go too far?  Do they consider my running walls cheesy? Probably. My joy in finding a passion knows no bounds, and for this I am willing to put up with huge amounts of ribbing. Motivational posters are my new best friend, so be careful. If I know you, I’ll probably find a perfect one for you sooner or later, pop it into a tube and send it your way.

Dale Earnhardt Jr #88 – New Posters and Flags, 2008

February 25, 2008

Celebrate the beginning of the #88 era with these new posters and flags of Dale Earnhardt Jr.  

After 8 years with the #8, Dale switches to the #88, which according to the NASCAR archives was driven by Ralph Earnhardt, his paternal grandfather, in 1957.  He now drives the #88 Mountain Dew AMP/National Guard in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series for Hendrick Motorsports. 

Dale Earnhardt Jr Amped Up

Dale Earnhardt Jr. "Amped Up" Poster

Dale Earnhardt Jr Patriot

Dale Earnhardt Jr. "Patriot" Poster

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. "Guard 88" 3'x5' Giant Flag

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. "AMP 88" 3'x5' Giant Flag

New York Giants Superbowl XLII Champions – Commemorative posters

February 25, 2008

The New York Giants are Super Bowl Champions!!!   As a Patriots fan, it has been hard to swallow.  They were so close, but the Giants played a great game and now we can continue the discussion whether the Patriots are the best team ever.  At least I will.  The Giants winning is old news, but theses posters will help you remember the event forever or haunt your memory forever.  

New York Giants Champions

Super Bowl Champion Giants

Super Season XLII

Super Bowl COllector's Edition

NYG Celebration XLII

Let’s not forget the Super Bowl MVP, Eli Manning.   At the beginning of the NFL season, if you told me Manning would be Super Bowl MVP, I would have said sure I could see that, but ELI.  It is still hard for me to believe that it was Eli and not Peyton.   

Eli Manning MVP

Congrats to Eli Manning, the New York Giants on a great victory and to all Giants fans.