Take your Pick

I was going to ignore the second Wallis and Wallis auction of World War Two posters, on the grounds that they mostly illustrate the same truth as the first auction, which is that there were far more bad wartime posters than good ones.

Once again in this auction, pictures of aeroplanes and excerpts from Churchill’s speeches are by far the majority.  Posters like this.

vintage World War Two poster RAF aircraft types wallis and wallis

There’s perhaps one classic,

womens land army vintage world war two poster

And a couple which I quite like for no real good reason.

Save your coal for winter owl vintage world war two poster

Squirrel coal order fuel now vintage world war two poster

They’ll all go for a lot of money, though, so who cares what I think.

But then Serena, who had clearly been reading the catalogue more closely than I had, pointed out that lot 588 was quite interesting.

588 2 WWII ATS recruiting posters: “ATS as Signal Operators” 3 operators, one with morse key (51-9700) and “ATS carry the messages”, despatch rider on motor cycle (51-9796); in a sleeve. VGC

To be precise, at least one of them is by Beverley Pick and is rather good.

ATS carry the messages vintage world war two poster beverley pick

I’m guessing that the other one is also from the same series, but I can’t find an image of it.  Pick also did this one as well.

beverley pick vintage world war two poster ats at the wheel

I rather like the mixed photo-montage and text – Pick did the same sort of thing in these two great posters (apologies for not very good images).

'Lend A Hand On The Land - Your Help Will Stop Waste', World War II poster, c1939-c1945.

Lend a hand beverley pick vintage world war two poster

I can find a few other things in the same sort of style, like this wartime one whose point I can’t entirely grasp.

Beverley Pick Nillson vintage world war two poser

And a few other things which are entirely different.

Beverley pick stagger working hours vintage london transport poster

Then that’s about your lot.  I think that, after the war, Pick concentrated on exhibition and industrial design rather than posters, including parts of Britain Can Make It and the Festival of Britain, and I ought to do some more research when I am less pressed for time.  More on this later then, and thanks again to Serena for flagging the poster up.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world of auctions, this Abram Games has come up on eBay.

Abram Games super shell poster

It’s lovely, it’s backed on linen, I’ve never seen it before, but it is still eye-wateringly expensive at $1,700 Buy It Now.  You can make a best offer, though; perhaps I will go for £150 and see what they say.  There on the other hand, as it’s almost 80″ x 120″, and I don’t have an advertising hoarding to put it up on, perhaps I won’t bother.

  • I’ve just realised I’d always assumed Beverley Pick was female. Of course, Beverley could be a male name. Which was s/he?

  • I am embarrassed to say that I have no idea whatsoever. Anyone else have a clue?

  • He was a man..Bless him,,, He was my uncle and a very clever man..He also did the original Moby Dick…..Beverley was originally from Austria and lived many years in Sunningdale during the winter, Autumn he would visit his House in Cork and in his latter years he and his wife would live in France where they had a gorgeous home.. He is now buried in the Churchyard at Sunningdale..There was so much to this man we will never know it all…

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