Onslows Auctioneers to sell rare postal and WWI posters Dec. 18

Lot 73 - Harrison Fisher 'Have you answered the Red Cross ,' printed in USA 1918. Estimate £70-£100. Onslows Auctioneers image

Lot 73 – Harrison Fisher ‘Have you answered the Red Cross Christmas Roll Call?’ printed in USA, 1918. Estimate £70-£100. Onslows Auctioneers image

 

STOURPAINE, UK – On Dec. 18 Onslows Auctioneers will sell a rare collection of posters published by the GPO (General Post Office) between the 1930s and 1960s. These posters are duplicates of those that can be found in the British Postal Museum & Archive collection, housed in central London.

The proceeds of the sale will go toward creating the Postal Museum, a new national museum due to open in 2016. The earliest posters in the collection hark back to the days of the British colonies. The best poster designers of the day were commissioned by Sir Stephen Tallents, who after great success with poster design at the Empire Marketing Board moved to the GPO in 1933. Among the designers used are Edward McKnight Kauffer, John Armstrong, Eric Fraser, John Vickery, Austin Cooper and A.R. Thompson, MacDonald Gill and Chas Pears, all of which there are examples of in the auction.

 

Lot 212 - MacDonald Gill (1884-1947), 'Mail Steamship Routes ,' GPO poster PRD 182, 1937. Estimate £800-£1,200. Onslows Auctioneers image

Lot 212 – MacDonald Gill (1884-1947), ‘Mail Steamship Routes ,’ GPO poster PRD 182, 1937. Estimate £800-£1,200. Onslows Auctioneers image

 

The Post Office’s aim was to use posters to inform the public about their services of post, telephone and airmail, and the modernization of the organization. Estimates for the collection range from £100 to £1,500.

Onslows will also be offering a collection of 100 World War I posters from a private single owner collection, among them are some classics by American designers which have become iconic images, included are Cornelius Hick’s Our Greatest Mother, £70-£100; Neysa McMein’s One thousand YMCA girls in France, £200-£250; and James Montgomery Flagg’s All for One and One for All, £200-£300. Other posters on offer include Kemp Welch’s Forward to Victory, £800-£1,200, and Barnett Freedman’s 1941 National Gallery lithograph 15 Inch Gun Turret HMS Repulse, £1,000-£1,500.

 

Lot 141 - Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869-1958), 'Forward ! , Forward to Victory Enlist Now ,' original Parliamentary Recruiting Committee poster No 133 printed by David Allen September 1915. Estimate £800-£1,200. Onslows Auctioneers image

Lot 141 – Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869-1958), ‘Forward !  Forward to Victory Enlist Now ,’ original Parliamentary Recruiting Committee poster No 133 printed by David Allen September 1915. Estimate £800-£1,200. Onslows Auctioneers image

 

Lot 100 - V. Aderente, 'Columbia Calls Enlist Now for US Army ,' original poster printed USA . Estimate £150-£250. Onslows Auctioneers image

Lot 100 – V. Aderente, ‘Columbia Calls Enlist Now for U.S. Army ,’ original poster printed USA . Estimate £150-£250. Onslows Auctioneers image

 

In the British posters there is the rare and provocative Art Deco Southport Lido (below) by Fortunino Matania. The same poster sold at Onslows in 2006 for £7,000.

 

Lot 356 - F. Matania (Fortunino 1881-1963), 'Southport ,' (Lido), original poster printed for LMS by Jarrold c.1930. Estimate £6,000-£9,000. )nslows Auctioneers image

Lot 356 – F. Matania (Fortunino 1881-1963), ‘Southport (Lido),’ original poster printed for LMS by Jarrold, c.1930. Estimate £6,000-£9,000. Onslows Auctioneers image

 

Perhaps the largest poster Onslows has ever offered is included in the auction. Charles Brown’s Southern Railway South For Sunshine (below) the sepia photographic poster measures 3 by 2 meters and is conservatively estimated at £1,800-£2,200.

 

Lot 351 - Charles E. Brown (1896-1982), 'South for Sunshine ,' original posters Ad2784 printed for Southern Railway by Waterlow 1934 . Estimate £1,800-£2,200. Onslows Auctioneers image

Lot 351 – Charles E. Brown (1896-1982), ‘South for Sunshine ,’ original posters Ad 2784 printed for Southern Railway by Waterlow 1934 . Estimate £1,800-£2,200. Onslows Auctioneers image

 

The online auction takes place on Dec. 18 beginning at 2 p.m. UK time.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate absentee and Internet live bidding.

 

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.