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It’s 1949, OK

I was, of course, on the trail of something else altogether when I found this. It’s an exhibition at MoMA, New York in 1949, displaying – as the wall tells you – new posters from sixteen countries. I’m very taken with the sparse layout.  If this show had been appeared in Britain in 1949, I’d have […]

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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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