First world war poster archive could make $33,000



2015-06-26 13:38:42

First world war poster archive could make $33,000

The first world war poster archive spans the period 1914-1916

An archive of original British recruitment posters from the first world war is to sellat Onslows Auctions inDorset, UKon July 9.

The posters are estimated to make around 20,000 ($33,282) in total, reports the Daily Mail.

Kitchener recruitment poster This poster of Lord Kitchener is among the most recognisable of the first world war

Some 200 posters feature in the collection, ranging from the iconic to the lesser known, with the majority spanning the period between the start of the war in 1914 and 1916.

They show the change in tactics of the recruiting office as word of the ferocity of fighting on the western front reached the public.

As time passes, the tone is noticeably altered, from opportunity and excitement to grim duty.

Arthur Maxted, the consignor of the archive, told the newspaper: "The posters were collected by my maternal grandfather who worked for a printing company during the war. Sadly it is a mystery as to why he kept hold of them, as they were not of any monetary worth back then.

"My aunt passed them on to me about 30 years ago and they spent many years in my loft. It was only recently that I started to document them and realised they might be quite valuable."

We have these childhood drawings by King George V (1865-1936), the reigning British monarch during the first world war and the cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm.

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