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I’ve been thinking a lot about hoarding recently – of various different kinds – which reminded me that this post probably deserved another airing.  Two questions, has any more been written on this subject, and just what is the etymology of a poster hoarding anyway?   What do these four posters have in common? John Burningham, […]

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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 […]

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Owls in the kitchen

A mysterious package arrived in the post a few weeks ago.  Unannounced and anonymous, it turned out to be  a small selection of materials about one of my favourite artists and people, Barbara Jones. There’s a couple of booklets – one a catalogue of an exhibition in Marlborough in 1999, the other a review of […]

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It’s no secret

Today’s auctions are of the general railwayana type, which means that I am likely to get distracted by glittering treasures such as ticket inspector’s hat badges, armchairs and, naturally, giant gherkins. The sign is 51 inches across, a figure worth bearing in mind before you buy it.  Although I do think it would look rather […]

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great expectations

Great Central Railwayana have a new auction coming up on 4th June, and the catalogue is now up on The Salesroom if you want to take a peek. There are a couple of quite desirable items on there, my favourite probably being this Tom Purvis because – as any regular readers may have worked out […]

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Once again, this post comes to you courtesy of someone else’s generosity.  In this case, it’s thanks to Mike Ashworth, who pointed me towards the Phyllis Nicklin collection, via this picture of Jiggins Lane in Bartley Green, Birmingham in 1953. Great, isn’t it.  And rare too.  Considering how present posters were on the streets of Britain in the […]

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