For goodness sake, I’d just written an entire paragraph pointing out that this is half term, I’m meant to be having fun but instead the auctions are coming at me so thick and fast that I can’t keep up with them. And then WordPress only went and lost it. Which didn’t exactly make things better.
So we’ll dispense with the preamble and get on with the auction. Fortunately for both your entertainment and my good humour, there are two rather good ones coming up. (The implicit comparison here is with the forthcoming Christies poster sale which is dreary in the extreme and so will be summarily despatched next week instead).
First up is the GW Railwayana Auction at Pershore, which contains enough posters to constitute a full sale on their own. But fear not, you can still also buy a GWR bottle should the urge strike you.
It’s a small COD bottle. Insert your own fish jokes here.
Or, alternatively, have a poster of some fish. On holiday.
Of course there is one thing which prevents the GWRA sale from being like a proper poster auction which is that, still, despite all my complaints, there are few dates and furthermore, no estimates. So you pays your bid and you takes your chances. Or, if you’re me, you don’t. And I won’t even be tempted to do so by this Daphne Padden poster, either.
If you share my tastes, then the other prize lot is probably this Eckersley.
But there are also a few other noteworthy lots, including a Lander which is entirely new to me.
While Pat Keely’s vision of the future via Centrepoint doesn’t come up often enough.
This image of Nottingham, meanwhile is by Kerry Lee, about whom I know precisely nothing, but it’s rather good, don’t you think?
These two posters, by Bromfield and Stevens respectively aren’t exactly news, but it’s still good to see them up for sale.
And the catalogue is prepared to tell me that the Stevens, at least, dates from 1956/7.
That’s by no means the end of it, either. There are plenty more posters that I have a soft spot for, like this Frank Sherwin.
As well as Kenneth Steel’s bonkersly technicolour vision of British Industry in the early 1960s.
And there’s still more to look at, even just in the railway posters. Who knew, for example, that Chester was on the coast?
There must have been a few disappointed travellers after that was published.
I’ve hardly scraped the surface of the railway posters on offer, and I’m exhausted. But there’s more than just those up for auction, too, the sale also includes a handful of London Transport posters. The Keely is illustrated above, but I also rather like this 1955 example, by Anthony Rossiter.
The quote is by Tennyson, should you be wondering.
And, as I hinted in an earlier post, there is also a reasonable slew of wartime propaganda, from both World Wars, of which this Beverley Pick is probably the best.
Although I don’t think I’ve ever noticed this wartime poster about wartime posters before, whose subliminal message seems to be that reading government propaganda makes you more attractive to the opposite sex.
But really, you need to go and see for yourself. There are nearly a hundred posters in the sale, and I’m bound to have missed some of them out. And that despite the fact that I’ve gone on for too long already. The second auction, I think, will have to wait for a post all of its own. Watch this space.