I did promise some more Daphne Padden posters in due course, so, now that I have managed to produce some reasonable photographs, here goes. One day I will discover thousands of pounds in my purse and pop out to buy an AO scanner, but until then, you’ll just have to make do with these.
To start, this is a rather eclectic selection, mainly because I haven’t seen any of these before now and it’s good to get them out into the world.
The GPO one is quite straightforward – and rather sweet – although I can’t find it in the BPMA’s catalogue.
The same is true of the ROSPA seat belt poster. (I distinctly remember having seatbelts very much like this, and I suspect the poster is just the right vintage for this to be true!)
But I can’t tell you the first thing about the Carlton Restaurant, other than that I rather like both their colour scheme and the look of their breakfasts.
Any ideas? I think this art work may have been for them as well, simply from the colours and the crockery.
All of these posters came from the sale of Daphne Padden’s work after her death, and sadly came with nothing that might identify them or what they were for. I don’t even know whether they were ones she particularly liked, or simply ones that had survived. So if anyone can tell me anything more, I’d love to know.
Also among them were a whole pile of Post Office Savings Bank posters, including this rather lovely pair promising you fairy-tale endings if only you’d save.
There are also some rather fine animals. I posted the rabbits last week, but the owls also get a starring role on their own.
These I can at least make a stab towards dating. The Post Office Savings Bank turned into the National Savings Bank in 1969, and Padden did posters for both of them in very similar styles and even colour schemes.
So I am guessing that the vast majority of these date from the second half of the 1960s, and perhaps the very early 1970s.
This one, though, feels a bit earlier and is probably my favourite.
That’s not all, either. Next time I’ll post the slightly more familiar, but still wonderful coach posters.
But before then, a couple of footnotes. One is that there’s quite a bit of confusion out there between Daphne Padden and her father, Percy, who also designed posters. If you go through Christies’ past lots, quite a few of them are ascribed simply to ‘Padden’, while this poster is sold as being by Daphne.
Which, given that she was born in 1927 and this poster is most likely earlier than that, seems implausible. But they’re not the only ones to make the mistake. The NMSI also ascribe this one to her (an error which probably goes back to Science and Society photo library cataloguing).
They date it to 1941, but I would have thought it more likely 1930s. Even in 1941, though, Daphne would only have been 14, so again, I think it’s most probably her father’s. There’s a nice tranche of work for someone in attributing out their posters one day, if anyone out there fancies taking it on.
On a more personal note, when the posters were sold, it was sad to see some sentimental items in with them. Here’s her father, in a self-portrait done when he was younger.
And here’s his portrait of Daphne in 1940.
I do hope the pictures went to someone who knew who they were.