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Dispersed

There’s an undervalued poster coming up at a provincial auction in Cheltenham (and the auction’s tomorrow – Tuesday – sorry about that). Given that this Harry Riley poster usually goes for well north of a grand, I am expecting it to fetch more than the £100-200 estimate, even taking into account its charming mis-attribution to […]

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Hoarded

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 […]

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Special purchase

My initial thought when I first looked at the new Onslow’s catalogue a few weeks ago was that someone had better ring the BPMA, because they’ve been burgled.  Then I read the auction blurb more closely, and of course it says including duplicates from the British Postal Museum & Archive Collection Panic over. What they […]

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Inequalities

I know that it’s been said before on here, but it’s a thought that’s worth repeating.  Not all old posters are nice.  Not all of them are examples of great graphic design either.  Some of them are, quite frankly, mediocre. I’ve been reminded of this truth by a lot of coach posters which has just […]

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You can be sure of Australia

I learned something new the other day.  Which is that the Shell Educational Posters – which I mention on here so often that I can’t be doing with chasing up all the links – aren’t just a British phenomenon. The University of Melbourne have just digitised their Shell archive and a lot of the most visual […]

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Done

Well I went up Leeds at the end of last week, to give a talk at the Marks and Spencer archive about Daphne Padden. This was a lot of fun, even if I’m not entirely sure that I fulfilled the alleged title of the talk, which was about Daphne Padden and design in the 1960s and […]

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