This picture arrived by email last week. It is, I am told, a street corner in Brighton at some point during the 80s. But with the 1950s lurking just under the skin.
Now this would be worth putting your way just as a reminder of what does persist, and in the strangest places. But there’s more to it than just that.
Because this picture is the only colour image I’ve ever seen of that Eckersley Omo poster on the left. Until now, I only knew it from a black and white reproduction in Modern Publicity.
Despite that, I recognised the poster at once, because I’ve used it – both on here and elsewhere – as an example. It’s a reminder of the sheer volume of British posters, specifically commercial posters, which have not only failed to survive in any number, but quite often have left almost no trace at all. Except here it is, leaving a trace, thirty years after it was first printed. Hurrah for that. And I much prefer it in colour too.
(I suspect that there are other clues in that picture too, or at least hints. My feeling is that British commercial posters weren’t kept in part because they were immense, whereas – perhaps – Continental ones came in smaller sizes too. But that’s just a hunch with no research behind it for now.)
Two addenda. Firstly I know nothing about that Bovril poster at all, so if anyone has any ideas about that, please point yourself at the comments box at once as I would love to find out more. Secondly, the picture comes from someone called Bongo Pete, but arrived with me via the medium of Facebook which means that it’s hard to contact him. So if you are Bongo Pete and want any more acknowledgement than that (and of course my eternal gratitude for taking the picture in the first place) please do get in touch.