Not with BBC iPlayer, there isn’t. So for those of you who managed to be out there having a life on Sunday evening, and thus are still skipping around with joy in your hearts and a twinkle in your eye, here is five minutes of television to turn your gills green with envy.
It’s the Antiques Roadshow (available there for another 4 days or so).
At about 52 minutes in, you will find a man who accidentally bought 100+ vintage travel posters for 50p as an eleven year old. Watch away, then feel free to whine and gnash your teeth along with me in the comments box. And also tell me whether or not you think the valuation is just a bit on the high side.
For those of you who are outside the UK and thus barred from the wonder that is the BBC iPlayer, here is an executive summary. Man goes to auction as 11 year old, buys nondescript roll of paper which is part of job lot, ends up with 120 or so travel and other posters. There were only 9 of his haul on show on the programme; starting with two liner posters that I’m not that fussed about, but then moving on to two Frank Newboulds for the GPO, one of which was a close relative of this one, if not identical, and neither of which I’ve ever seen before.
Then there was a McKnight Kauffer of Buckingham Palace.
And four posters by Jean Dupas, all of which look to me like book covers for Evelyn Waugh novels,
but which are, if you want to be a bit nerdy about them, noteworthy for having the very short lived LPTB logo on them (public demand soon brought back the roundel).
Interestingly, all of these posters date from 1934. Even more interestingly, if you’re the owner, the show’s expert valued them at £30,000+. (I’d quite like another opinion on that, especially these days. Or maybe she buys all her posters from Mayfair dealers.) Then that was it, and we’re back to Fiona Bruce for another lame link.
There, now it’s just like you watched the programme, isn’t it?