There are a ridiculous number of posters on eBay right now, and I’m not just talking about the Crownfolio clearance sale. The poster collectors of the world seem to be spring cleaning with a vengance. Or something. Whatever the cause may be though, there are posters out there and you can buy each and every one of them for money.
To start with, worthydownbookstore have unleashed a flood of health and public information posters. Now I quite like a few of these. Although I am less of a fan of the carpet.
But I don’t think that many of them (with the possible exception of the one above) are from World War Two, which is how they are all described. This Reginald Mount I am pretty sure is early 1950s (another from the campaign has appeared on here before ) while the one below that has to be even later.
Whatever the actual dates, it’s still an interesting haul. As ever, my beef is with the prices, which range from £45 to £80 for the ones above. all on Buy It Now. Which is only a bit under what I’d expect to see them fetching in an expensive gallery, rather than on a carpet. We shall see.
One of our regular haunts, thebasement101, is currently selling a selection of what can only be described as the wrong sides of pair posters – the side with all of the text rather than the pretty pictures, like this Harold Hussey from 1952.
Compare and contrast with the other side. I think the birds have it over the words.
And, like every other LT poster they sell, the asking price is £99. Not even the linen backing can make that value for money. Unless I suppose you want to make up the pair.
While we’re there, you could also pay £95 for this 1967 poster by John Finnie. Or perhaps not.
I would love to know where all of these linen backed posters came from though.
Elsewhere, a quirk of fate means that you have not one but two chances to buy this Tom Eckersley stock poster; either in the UK for £150,
Or from the States for $195.
Another fine carpet there too, I see.
Finally, something which is not a poster, not for sale on eBay and doesn’t even have an estimate attached. But it is wonderful.
And unlike a poster or indeed pretty much anything else by John Piper, you can put your coffee cup down on it. For sale on the 10th in Malvern if you wish to enquire further.