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Old 04-25-2009, 10:26 PM
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Where can I get a travel poster tube?

I need a large plastic tube suitable to carry several rolled posters on a flight. Something like one of these, except that would take too long to ship before a deadline, so I need a local connection. I tried Michael's and Office Max, no dice. There are plenty of cardboard shipping tubes, but we'd need a more permanent solution. Has anyone seen these floating around in stores?
Old 04-25-2009, 10:40 PM
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Do you have a local Staples where you could have this delivery-only item shipped in (presumably) 1 business day?

Or, have you tried a local liberal arts' college's bookstore? I went to a school with a large art department and they had quite the artists' spread.
Old 04-25-2009, 10:45 PM
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Yeah, I'm thinking a serious art store like Dick Blick. Or somewhere that architects hang out or maybe builders?
Old 04-25-2009, 11:25 PM
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The Post Office.
Old 04-25-2009, 11:51 PM
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Staples looks like it would work. Thanks. I checked the university, but nothing suitable there.

The Post Office should have cardboard tubes, but not travel ones with straps, unless I'm mistaken.
Old 04-26-2009, 12:03 AM
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Another vote for an art supply store. They shold have nice plastic ones with a shoulder strap.
Old 04-26-2009, 01:15 AM
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I've seen home made ones; made out of a piece of PVC pipe with end caps. One end has to be screw-on, obviously. The strap was made of leather - wrapped around in two places with a connecting piece which you pick it up with.

Here's a page which tells how to make one sans carrying handle.
Old 04-26-2009, 02:17 AM
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Where can I get a travel poster tube?

Does the tube need to be specially-designed to carry travel posters? Or is it OK if it can carry any old kind of poster?
Old 04-26-2009, 03:18 AM
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You could just send the posters over the internet. I mean after all, the internet is a series of tubes.

(sorry, couldn't resist)
Old 04-27-2009, 12:44 PM
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If I didn't find one in a standard office supply store, my first stop a drafting supply store. If I couldn't locate one on my own, I'd call a couple of local architects or surveyors for recommendations.

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Old 04-27-2009, 02:01 PM
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The UPS store has them.
Old 04-27-2009, 03:48 PM
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Any graphic/artist supplies store, the sort of place designers and art students buy portfolios from.
Old 04-27-2009, 04:19 PM
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Another vote for PVC. Cheap and always available at Home Depot or Lowe's.
Old 04-27-2009, 05:43 PM
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The cardboard tubes are pretty thick and sturdy. If you definitely need a carrying strap, you could probably rig something up with duct tape or rope.
Old 04-27-2009, 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by thelurkinghorror View Post
I need a large plastic tube suitable to carry several rolled posters on a flight.
And if it doesn't fit in the overhead bin or under your seat, are you really going to trust it below in baggage?

Old 04-27-2009, 10:07 PM
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If you leave near a Container Store, they might have it. Call first.

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