Hello and welcome – but to a website which is now more legacy than active.  So don’t hold your breath waiting for new posts.

However, over the course of five or so years Quad Royal did build up a wide-ranging and fairly idiosyncratic set of facts about post-war graphics and in particular about the biographies and history of some fo the poster designers.  And this didn’t just come from me but from many people who knew them and who commented on my blogs.  So for that reason alone, I am keeping the blog up; otherwise all that knowledge will disappear into nowhere.

Tom Eckersley Hastings poster

A few useful facts as well.  Although the poster above does hang in my office, that’s unusual.  The vast majority of the pictures on the blog are of posters that I don’t own and am not selling, and for very much of the time I don’t know who does have a copy either.  Sorry.

Any other questions – do message me via the contact form.


  • Hi. I have just come across your blog and I must say I have found it so refreshing. I note that you have a general, how shall I put it, dislike of many of the railway posters depicting places around the country. As I am sure you will agree, beauty is in the eye and so on, and as these are the posters I prefer, I shall be pleased to take any surplus off your hands! Posters are a wonderful mix of design and art and I agree that the period 1930 – 1960 represents the best time for these, with wonderful graphic artists and designers working for the railways, the GPO, Shell and others.
    Having bookmarked the site, I look forward to reading further blogs, and hope that we don’t compete too often on ebay!

  • I am grateful for this wonderful blog of yours which I have recently stumbled upon, during a search for information on Rickman Ralph of the Ralph-Mott group. As with a previous poster here, my interest extends from the mid-1920s to the 1950s, with a focus on the Railways and Underground. I am more of an amateur historian than collector, with a specific interest in the artists who worked under Rickman Ralph in the 1920s and 1930s. Some of these designers/artists were trained at the Grosvenor School and became accomplished in artistic fields beyond commercial art. Anyway, please keep up the good work! Merrill

  • Thank you very much for the kind words. What you are doing sounds really interesting and I would love to hear more.

  • What a lovely blog! I love posters and you obviously do too, and write about them very well. My interests are a little different (60’s rock posters, mid-20C French travel posters by Broders and others), but I enjoy reading well-informed comment on any poster-related subject. Keep it up!

    I would have read all of your older posts before commenting, but the archive links just bring you back to the latest post, so going back more than a few pages is awkward. Do you have that problem or is it my browser (Firefox)?

    I have some Sylvan Boxsius prints. Did he do any poster work that you know of?

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