In 15 Minutes, create a
Personalized 80th Birthday Poster Gift
...that they're going to love

Create a personalized poster that celebrates all the remarkable things that happened in 1942, including the birth of your friend who's turning 80!

Print it, frame it, and you've got a unique and thoughtful gift in minutes. It will be the talk of the party as everyone reminisces over how times have changed!

Here's what your poster will look like. This palette in shades of blue and green, but there are plenty more colors to choose from so scroll down to see more options.

Create a personalized poster 80th birthday gift
I wanted to write and let you know that my friend LOVED his birthday did all his friends and family at the birthday party!" Jana, Virginia

This bold and colorful palette is a great choice when making a 80th birthday gift for a bright, happy, spritely type of person!

Create a personalized poster 80th birthday gift
Everyone thought this was really cool and asked me how I made it! Rachel, Idaho

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Everyone loved the poster and it looked very professional in the frame I used. The birthday girl even teared up a bit as she read it! Pamela, Indiana

Questions and Answers

I have no idea what to write in my poster. Can you help?
Sure - check out my poster examples for inspiration.

How do I print and frame my poster so that it looks as nice as in your photos?
It's actually pretty easy. See my specific printing and framing tips. Here's what a past customer had to say:

I hate it when things don't turn out as good as what they look like in the photo, but this actually turned out better than I expected and my husband loved it! Vicki, Missouri

Is my printer good enough?
Almost certainly. The trick is to use good quality paper. See my printing tips.

What if I buy it but then it looks bad when I print it?
I'll give you 100% of your money back immediately, no questions asked. Just email me.

What are the print size options?
8 × 10 inches is a popular size for photo prints, so it's a good choice if you want to print your poster at a photo print shop. Also it's usually easy to find 8 x 10" photo frames.
8.5 × 11 is a common printer paper size in the USA, so it's a good choice if you live in the USA and you want to print your poster at home.
A4 is 210 × 297 millimeters or 8.27 × 11.69 inches. It's a popular printer paper size in most countries other than the USA.
After you purchase you can download your poster in all 3 sizes for no extra cost.

Can I print a different size other than the ones you offer?
Sure! Take your downloaded file to a print shop and they'll be able to print it in whatever size you ask them to.

What if I give it to them but they don't like it?
I'll give you 100% of your money back immediately, no questions asked. Just email me. Seriously.

What's your guarantee or returns policy?
Our "love it" guarantee: If the recipient doesn't LOVE their poster, email me and I'll refund every penny immediately, no questions asked, no matter how long it was since you purchased.

Why should I pay for this when I could just make it myself?
If you've got the skills, go for it! Just don't underestimate how many hours it will take (hint: probably 2 hrs, and even then it might not look quite right). Just to give you an idea: when I created this poster-maker it took me 2 hours just to find the perfect font, and then about 1hr to create each of the color palettes. But then again maybe I'm just a perfectionist.

Example Poster Wording

1942 Wording Example

Here's an example poster wording that you can use as a starting point for writing your own message. It's already pre-filled into the poster maker. I've repeated it here just so that you can read it more clearly.

1942 was a remarkable year...
White Christmas was recorded by
Bing Crosby
Pinball machines were banned in NYC
Disney's Bambi
and friends Thumper & Flower hit movie theaters
Humphrey Bogart
uttered many famous lines in Casablanca including
"Here's looking at you, kid"
Glenn Miller
led one of the era's big bands
Iowa State University developed the
Atanasoff-Berry Computer
the first automatic electronic digital computer
The Poky Little Puppy
by Janette Sebring Lowrey was published
Super Glue was invented
But most importantly of all
Mary Smith was born

Here are some more great events from 1942 that you could use to customize your poster:

  • The Manhattan Project began secret work on the atomic bomb
  • Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth and Katharine Hepburn were starlets of the silver screen
  • The British Army bought the world's entire tea crop, as tea was so important for morale
  • Stephen Hawking was born on January 8, exactly 300 years after the death of Galileo
  • Humphrey Bogart's many famous lines in Casablanca included "Of all the gin joints in the world, she had to walk into mine" and "We'll always have Paris."
  • President Gerald Ford worked as a model, and featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan
  • Due to wartime blackouts, the New York Times Square Ball wasn't dropped for the first time
  • No Nobel prizes were awarded due to WWII
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs were the Stanley Cup Champs
  • Wimbledon, the US Open and FIFA World Cup were not held due to WWII
  • Henry Ford patented a plastic automobile 30% lighter than the average car
  • Princess Elizabeth registered for war service in Great Britain
  • How Green Was My Valley won Best Picture at the 14th Academy Awards
  • Mighty Mouse debuted in an animated film The Mouse of Tomorrow (as "Super Mouse")
  • British sailors boarded sinking U-559 retrieving its Enigma machine & codebooks

Want even more facts? Check out 1942 on The People History and 1942 on Wikipedia.

Printing Your Poster

Is my printer good enough?

Most home inkjet printers these days are excellent quality, even the cheaper ones. The key to getting really good quality prints is to use the right paper...

What kind of paper should I use?

canon semi gloss photo paper

I recommend using matte photo paper. The vibrancy of the colors and crispness of text you get when using photo paper are leagues ahead of what you get using regular office paper. Ideally you should use the same brand of photo paper as your printer, or else stick to a well-known brand like Canon, HP, or Epson.

If you're giving an unframed print as a gift, then it's important for the paper to feel thick and high quality. It's worth getting the best quality matte paper that you can afford, like "Canon Luster Photo Paper" or "Canon Semi Gloss".

If you're giving a framed print as a gift, then the thickness of the paper is less important so long as the colors are vibrant. In that case a thinner photo paper like "Canon Matte Photo Paper" would be a good option - that's the paper I personally use most of the time.

Can I just print it at Kinkos instead?

Yes! That's a good option too, and many of our customer choose to do this.

Framing Your Poster

What type of frame

Personally I like "matted" frames, which are ones that have a white border around the poster. I think they look great, and they also make your gift feel bigger and more substantial. If you ever visit an high-end photography gallery you'll notice that this is the type of frame that they use, simply because they look fantastic.

diagram showing frame matting

Where to buy a frame

In the USA, you can get a great-looking frame for about $14. I recommend
8 x 10" photo frames from Amazon
8 x 10" photo frame from Walmart

In the UK, the best place I've found to get frames is Hobbycraft. You can get a 30 x 40 cm frame (to hold an A4 poster) for about £10.

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