Where Fish Comes From

I need to write about the Christies’ sale and will do that tomorrow, but in the meantime I have to show you this, because it is one of the oddest posters I have come across in a long while.

Milford Haven - Where Fish Comes From, GWR poster, c 1925.Artwork by John Hassall.

It’s a GWR poster by John Hassall (him of Bracing Skegness fame) and, well where to begin?

The caption isn’t the most obvious way of enticing visitors to anywhere, I would have thought,.  But what really fries my brain in this picture is the faces.  They look like people pushing their heads into one of those a seaside attractions, or as though photographs have been glued onto the artwork and then painted in.

In short it is weird and inexplicable and not like anything else, which is why you needed to see it.  End of broadcast.

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10 Comments

  1. Posted October 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    That is pure genius. Who wouldn’t want to go on holiday ‘where Fish comes from’?

  2. Posted October 11, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    I appreciate the capital “F” emphasising the importance of fish :)

  3. crownfolio
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    The more I look at this poster, the less I understand what on earth it thinks it’s doing. But genius, definitely, nonetheless.

  4. slightlycreased
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    File under eccentric?…..there has to be more examples of such random genius elsewhere

  5. Posted October 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Oh my, certainly an oddity. Also, what’s he doing with the pipe held like that?? More Royston Vasey than Milford Haven…

  6. crownfolio
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Bring on the examples of random genius – I think we may need to have a competition for most eccentric poster one of these days.

    And I hadn’t even spotted the pipe. What does it all mean? Is there some kind of secret like the Da Vinci Code underlying it all??

  7. martin steenson
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    He’s just pointing towards Milford. I’m old enough to remember people using their pipes like that to point things out. More curious for me, I’ve never thought of Milford Haven as a great fish port in the Newquay-Grimsby league. Probably was before the oil terminal.

  8. crownfolio
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Right, so that’s one mystery solved at least, although I am a bit surprised that all the tobacco doesn’t fall out when he does that.

  9. David Bownes
    Posted October 22, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    The wording suggests that all Fish come from Milford Haven. Surely this can’t be the case ?

  10. crownfolio
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    It’s like eels spawning in the Sargasso Sea, they’re all from Milford Haven in the end.

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