Ceci n’est pas un crease

Everyone has spent their weekend listing posters on eBay, it seems.  Well, everyone except me.  But there is a something for almost every taste out there this morning.

Quite a bit of it is, however, somewhat battered.  Like this Tom Purvis poster, for example.

Tom Purvis 1933 Shell Oil poster kingfishers

This series has been mentioned on here before, as an example of the shift in Shell advertising from technical to natural.  Which it is, along with being by Tom Purvis.  So I really ought to like it.  But I don’t, not even a little bit.

Mind you, it’s in better condition than the next exhibit, this whole collection of posters in the States, apparently discovered in an attic in 1967.

Chester poster Claude Buckle 1930s GWR

Cotswolds vintage Ronald Lampitt GWR vintage travel poster 1930s

Ayr vintage LMS railway poster 1930s Robert Eddie

The three above are the classics, but my favourite has to be this one.

Bellevue Manchester vintage 1930s railway poster

In my head, I am now back in Manchester, to a soundtrack of the Smiths.  And I’ve never seen that poster before either, so it’s doubly pleasing.

These are all a bit spotted and chewed, but there are other ways to mistreat posters.

Clive Gardiner Country Houses vintage London Transport poster 1951

My eyes, my eyes.  It’s Out and About: Country Houses by Clive Gardiner from 1951, in case you can’t tell. Sadly there are several in this state up for sale, including Literary London by Sheila Robinson.

Sheila Robinson vintage London Transport poster Literary London 1951

Although the listings beg more questions than they answer.

Unfortunately this poster has been stored wrapped in an obscure way, which has left it too unravel as shown.
However there are no creases caused by this, so once framed or flattened out it will look good as new.

No, there are creases, I can see them.  Which leads me to suggest that it will take more than flattening to sort this out.

As is all the fashion these days, they’re all listed for £99, which I don’t really think they’re worth in this condition.  While the Peter Roberson below wouldn’t be worth that if if were flat, mounted on linen and offering to make me a cup of coffee every morning.

Peter roberson vintage London Transport poster, anniversaries 1972

Well, perhaps for the coffee.

There have also been a rash of Shell Educational posters turning up too.  A complete set of S R Badmin’s monthly Guide to Trees is available for the rather eyewatering sum of £350.

S R Badmin Guide To Trees shell educational posters April

Which compares rather unfavourably with both the full series of John Leigh Pemberton’s Life In… posters at just £1.99 each

John Leigh Pemberton Shell Educational Poster life in the corn

and also these six County posters, which have an even lower starting price of £1.50.

Shell County Guide educational posters Wiltshire

I wish I knew, for no other reason than my own satisfaction, what Shell educational posters were really worth.  I’ve seen auction houses really talk them up (although not always manage to sell them) while other auction houses won’t even take them these days.  So I shall watch these sales with interest and see if I can draw any conclusions.

Finally, someone other than us is selling Daphne Padden posters.  So if you’ve missed something you liked, here’s another bite at the cherry.

Daphne Padden granny Post Office Savings Bank vintage poster

These ones are also signed in pencil, as were some of the ones that we bought from her estate sale, so I wonder whether they too came from her own collection.  Perhaps I’ll email and ask.

  • A footnote to your remarks, queries & speculations!

    Clearly there were no takers for the creased/uncreased /both at the same time LT posters at £99, as they were subsequently re-offered at a much more modest starting price (around a fiver, if memory serves me right). After a few minutes of trying to get my brain around just HOW they had been obscurely stored to end up with that pattern of creases (or not) I settled to perusing the little pictures supplied in cross-eye-inducing detail to see if any of them looked salvagable. In the end, I paid £36 for John Farleigh’s 1964 Some London Centenaries. It was a gamble, but it paid off & I was rather pleased with the poster when it arrived. Unlike its companion, Victoria Davidson’s 1961 How to Get There, which arrived un-obscurely stored, but with a large area of scuffing that the seller hadn’t thought to mention …

    But the real purpose of my writing is to see if you did contact the seller of the signed Padden posters about the source of his offerings. I bought that lovely study of a happily retired lady & her cat (& one or two others), & I wrote to ask … but answer came there none …

  • Ah good, I am glad that they went to a happy home and for a reasonable price too.

    I did ask the seller about the Paddens, and the answer was that he bought them a while ago from an antiques dealer, so where they came from will probably be a mystery for ever.

  • Hello

    I’m embarrassed to say that it was my listing that had the posters listed for £350 on some dodgy advice from a ‘valuations expert’

    I have since tried to sell them at various different prices and have had varied success with plenty of interest and a couple of non-paying bidders. I think they are a lovely set and would quite happily keep them we didn’t have space issues. I have recently re-listed them more appropriately with a 99p starting bid with the hope they finally sell!

    Nice blog btw, some really great information.

  • I have to say that Shell Guides have perhaps the most varying valuations of any posters I ever come across, so they are a tough thing to value. Hope the sale goes better this time round!

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