Today on Quad Royal, a reader’s question. And it’s not one I can answer, so I thought I’d throw it open to you lot.
Take a look at this.
A classic. A Norman Wilkinson classic from 1930 to be precise. But now take a look at the small print.
Travel information from the Associated British Railways Inc, New York.
Now a bit of research tells me that this was a body formed by all the British Railway companies in the early 1930s whose job was to promote rail tourism in the UK to Americans, and which lasted until the Second World War. Their imprint appears on other posters – and in fact we bought one from the states with their name and address pasted over the original LNER text on a thin strip of paper.
But none of this answers the question I was asked. Which is, does this make any difference to the value of the poster? Is it a rarity, or do the usual considerations of artist, image, condition still count for more? I don’t know, so I said I’d put the question out to you lot. What do you think?