Sunny Cheshire by any other name

After more than four years, I have to admit that Quad Royal rambles on a bit.  One day I must make some kind of attempt to index it or at least make it easier for the casual visitor to find their way around.

But the advantage of there being so much back catalogue is that, every so often, Google brings in an unexpected visitor and I discover something new.  Which is what happened recently on a perfectly workaday post about a long-since-departed railwayana auction.

I was writing about these posters.

New Brighton/Wallasey - Have Fun in Sunny Cheshire', 1956.British Railways (London Midland Region) poster. Artwork by Ken or Felix Kelly

New Brighton, Wallasey, for Pleasure!Õ, BR (LMR) poster, 1954. Felix Kelly

They weren’t even in the auction but I do love them so and would still very much like to own them, but I digress.

Almost exactly three years after I wrote the piece, this appeared in the comments.

The Sunny Chesire posters were not done by Felix Kelly but rather Kenneth Roy Kelly MBE, my grandfather. I have the original artwork hanging on my wall. He also did TWA advertisements as well as designing the Popsicle logo.

This surprised me quite a bit, because these two posters are ascribed to on the NMSI database (which I use because it works better than the NRM one, but I’ve gone on about that before now and may well do again some day).  But then when I looked a bit closer, the attribution did look a bit suspect, because this is the only other poster down as being his work.

ÔChesterÕ, BR (LMR) poster British Railways (London Midland Region) poster. Interior of cathedral with choir stalls and organ front in north transept. Artwork by Felix Kelly.

You’d be hard pressed to claim it as related in any way.

And in fact when I read the NRM blurb very carefully, the maker may be down as ‘Felix Kelly’ but the description says it is by ‘Ken Kelly’.  So we are all very confused.

Google knows very little about Kenneth Roy Kelly, except that he got his MBE for services to defence heritage.  And there’s a fantasy artist called Ken Kelly so that’s any more detailed searches on the subject doomed.

Nonetheless, between the Quad Royal archives and the magic powers of Google, we have added very slightly to the sum total of human knowledge.  And I’ve written back to Roy Kelly’s grandfather to see if we can have a look at some photos of that original artwork and then perhaps I will be able to tell you even more.

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7 Comments

  1. Tim Osmond
    Posted November 25, 2015 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Maybe the cats made the archivist think of “Felix” ?

  2. crownfolio
    Posted November 25, 2015 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Ha, perhaps that is the answer.

  3. David Bownes
    Posted November 26, 2015 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Hi
    The roller coasting cat poster appears on p58 of the 1955 Modern Publicity annual where its attributed to ‘Kenneth Kelly’
    I don’t know much about Mr K Kelly either, other than that he was an occasional judge for the Art Directors Annual of Advertising in the sixties.

  4. David Bownes
    Posted November 26, 2015 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    BTW – having grown up in Cheshire in the 1970s I can confirm that it was NEVER sunny. Well, maybe during the draught in 1976.

  5. crownfolio
    Posted November 26, 2015 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    I spent three years in Macclesfield and can concur with that.

    I’m hoping that Ken Kelly’s grandson will be back in touch with more news, but thanks for sharing what you know;

  6. Posted December 6, 2015 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Just discovered your blog and am enjoying browsing around—mine is of similar vintage and rambling nature and I suppose I should index too, but it looks like too much work!

  7. crownfolio
    Posted December 7, 2015 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Yes, that’s what’s stopping me too. And then when I start to look at it, I just get distracted…

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