Print FAQ

Print Terminology:

In buying prints be careful of the use of words, such as "art print" and "vintage print" or other terms in describing prints for sale. Be aware that original prints have collectible value and reproduction prints have no significant resale value. The actual cost to produce a reproduction print is very little.

  • An "Art Print" is typically a Giclee reproduction of the original print. A Giclee print is produced by color inkjet printing in unlimited quantities.
  • A "Vintage Print" generally means the item is over 25 years old. It does not mean it is the original print - only that the item is over 25 years old. It may also be a reproduction print.
  • "Museum Quality Prints" are typically high quality reproductions printed on either canvas or art paper of an original print.
  • "Original Color Print of an Early  Print" is misleading since the term original is used. It simply means the person created a reproduction print by himself/herself.
  • A "Reproduction Print" is any copy of an original print and typically has no collectible value.
  • An "Original Print" is created and authorized by the artist/illustrator in a  limited number and has collectible value.  Our Gallery of the Automobile prints by Clarence Hornung are "authentic and original" limited edition prints produced in 1965. Each print has an embossed seal signifying authenticity. There are 100 prints in each set.  Many sets are in private collections, museums and libraries. Therefore, actual lithograph prints are very rare. The print size is also 24 x 14 inches and is screen printed on heavy art paper.

A goal for may people is a collection of original antique car prints.

For wall decoration, we use a reproduction print on art paper from 1968 produced by Harry Abrams Company, which we mat and frame. The print size is also smaller than the original prints ( 24" x 14") and is 13 1/2  x 10 1/2 inches. Dependent on the image size the double mat is either 16" x 13" or 17" x 14". There is also a choice of frame style.