UK poster auction offers wartime rarities



2015-06-26 10:30:15

UK poster auction offers wartime rarities

Onslows Auctioneers, poster specialists in Stourpaine, England, are holding their 28th anniversary Winter Vintage Posters sale on December 19.

Over 320 lots of fantastic vintage posters will be offered to suit all tastes and budgets.

Highlights include a selection of World War II rarities, posters from the home front, extracted from deep within the London Council archive.

Included in this group are three simple yet effective designs, encouraging the conservation of resources. One pictures a light switch and reads: ‘Switch off that light! Less light – more planes’. Another shows a running tap, and reads ‘Use less water! Less water – more shells’. The last pictures a pan on a stove, and reads ‘Turn that gas down! Less gas – more ships’. They are valued at £200-£250 apiece.

Another wonderful home front poster from 1940 encourages Londoners to ‘Keep a Pig’ and ‘Join or start a Pig Club’. Promoting the only legal way in wartime to fatten a pig, without the concerns of your ration book, this poster is expected to fetch £200-£300.

Early travel posters are also popular among collectors, and this auction does not disappoint. A rare early poster advertising Royal Dutch Airlines dating from 1926 pictures a ship and a Fokker plane, and states: ‘The Flying Dutchman, Fiction becomes Fact’. It is valued at £700.

Numerous other airline posters will also be offered, such as a 1950s poster for Quantas advertising the route to Australia, valued at £250-£300.

In addition, Onslows present several of their speciality: British Railways posters. Particular highlights are Tom Purvis’ Bridlington poster, estimate £1,200-£1,600, and A. R. Thomson’s art deco poster for the Flying Scotsman, estimate £1,000-£1,500.

Further vintage holiday ideas include continental travel posters, many advertising skiing, and Frank H Mason posters for East Coast fishing.

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