It’s just one auction after another at the moment, which is in some ways a bit of a shame as I have other interesting things to tell you as well. But first, let’s try and make a bit of headway with the backlog. Today’s auction is Van Sabben, taking place at the end of the week.
For once, they don’t have a great number of British posters, something which has forced me to take a closer look at some of the others. Which leads me in turn to the conclusion that there are some rather good Dutch posters from the 1950s out there. These two are my particular favourites – they’re in one lot together.
With this only a hair’s breadth behind.
Really, at those prices I am almost tempted to buy one.
But back to the matter in hand, because there are a few British posters in there too, and some are worth a closer look. Of which the best, and most interesting, is probably this one, for being an airline poster that I have not only never seen before but also quite like.
If anyone can knows about Mogley, I’d be very grateful. All I can glean from the internet is that it is a very popular name for dogs.
This is also quite nice, although less rare – I’ve seen it somewhere else quite recently.
Meanwhile, this is an oddity, not just because I am looking at a film poster but also because it’s by Arpad Elfer. Everything of his I see, I like, which means that he has been mentioned on here before. But there isn’t enough of his stuff and I don’t know very much about him at all.
Apologies for the small picture there.
There are a smattering of railway posters too, of which this has to be my favourite, even though it’s almost certainly in contravention of the Trades Descriptions Act.
And finally, a few propaganda posters as well. This is definitely the most striking, although I’m not sure most people would want to have it on their wall.
The next two are less graphically interesting, but notable because you could have bought the first on eBay for just £4.99 last week. We didn’t, which was possibly a mistake.
A couple of comments here. One is that I’ve put Van Sabben’s dates in the captions, but I’m unless I am much mistaken, those posters are actually earlier than that, from 1940 or so. They date from a period in the war when the Ministry of Information not only hadn’t quite got to grips with how wartime propaganda might work, in particular thinking that its duty was to uphold morale, but also didn’t have a single positive thing to say about the progress of the war. Not a situation which makes for inspiring rhetoric. The other is that if they can go for either £4.99 or €200, what are they actually worth? This is something we can consider at greater length when I get round to looking at Onslows, where there are World War Two posters by the gross.
And that’s about your lot, unless I’ve piqued your interest in Dutch poster design. In which case you’ve got about another six hundred to go through in their catalogue.
More later this week, I hope, as I am intending to tell you all about GPO forms (trust me, it’s more interesting than it sounds) and possibly be a bit smug about some posters we’ve bought as well.