A sight surprising

I was going to try and say something clever about this auction that’s coming up at Bloomsbury/Dreweatts first thing tomorrow, but there isn’t really much point.  Because what’s coming up – at least the interesting part of it – is a collection of posters designed by Clifford and Rosemary Ellis, and almost every single one of […]

Hear more, do less

Now here’s something interesting, albeit thoroughly of its era in its attitude to racial difference.  (A riot of Colour and Music reads rather differently to us today with those images attached). Nonetheless, here it is and so, like the Volkswagen and Empire Marketing Board posters, we shall consider it. This was emailed to me by […]


I’ve posted about the Empire Marketing Board posters before, both the ideological problem that they present, and their rather special hoardings. I can’t even remember why I was searching for them again the other day, but in doing so, I turned up something I’ve never seen before, which is this. It looks like some kind […]

pictorially speaking

Anonymous chemist’s poster, c. 1880 John Hassall, c. 1889. John Hassall, 1908. Maxwell Armfield, 1915. Saville Lumley, 1914 Alfred Leete, 1914. Anonymous, 1915 Anonymous, 1915 Tom Purvis, 1923. Edward McKnight Kauffer, 1927 Clive Gardiner, c.1930 Anonymous, 1927-1933 A. R Thomson, 1931. Vanessa Bell, 1934  Denis Constanduros,  1932 Gilroy, 1934 Richard Beck, 1937 Dame Laura Knight, […]

psst, over here…

Early days Anonymous chemist’s poster, c. 1880 The origins of the poster are confused (some understatement here) and obviously depend how you define a poster in the first place.  Generally, posters are believed to emerge just before the turn of the century, although this does rather beg the question as to why British cities were […]

Setting off

Small Crownfolio has just started doing sets in maths.  Turns out it’s going to come in quite handy on here too, because it’s pretty much the only way I can find to get a handle on the next Christies poster sale, which is bearing down on us like a juggernaut upon a hedgehog (translation, it’s […]