WWI posters on the front line of Onslows auction Dec. 18

Clive Uptton (1911-2006) ‘Save Fuel for Battle!’ original WWII poster issued by the Ministry of Fuel & Power, printed for HMSO by J. Weiner, circa 1944, 152 x 100 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

Clive Uptton (1911-2006) ‘Save Fuel for Battle!’ original WWII poster issued by the Ministry of Fuel & Power, printed for HMSO by J. Weiner, circa 1944, 152 x 100 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

STOURPAINE, UK – Onslows’ winter offering of vintage posters on Thursday, Dec. 18, will include Part Two of the Maxted collection of World War I posters.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet bidding.

The collection of nearly 100 posters was discovered in a house in Kent. The owners who had inherited the collection some years before had not fully appreciated what was in their possession. Their interest in finding more about the posters was sparked with the centenary of the outbreak of the World War I. When they looked more closely they realized they had a nearly complete collection of posters published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee between 1914 and 1916. The second part of the collection includes some famous posters with patriotic slogans including “Your King and Country Need You,” estimate £200-£250; “If the Cap Fits You,” estimate £200-£250; “The Empire Needs Men,” estimate £200-£300; and “The Recruiting Sergeant,” estimate £350-£400.

One of the top lots from the World War II propaganda section of the auction is the poster with now world famous slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On.” The poster is extremely rare due to it not being officially released, as Hitler’s invasion plans in 1940 were aborted. Only a handful of the posters in the larger 30-by-20-inches format have appeared on the market. The example in the auction is estimated to sell for £5,000-£7,000.

The auction contains a strong entry from this category with eye-catching designs by Fougasse for salvage campaigns and a marvelous large poster by Clive Uptton showing the D-day landings titled “Save Fuel for Battle.” On the home front is a memorable poster “Dig For Victory,” the photographic design of the boot on the spade became one of the most loved relating to the Women’s Land Army efforts to turn land over for food production in 1940. It could sell for in excess of £1,000

A rare group of posters issued by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in the 1930s is expected to attract interest of from animal lovers. The posters mainly deal with issues of canine welfare. The posters were discovered in a house clearance in Weymouth in Dorset. One showing the risk of motorcars is estimated at £150-£200.

Lastly, and definitely worth a mention, is a collection of posters published by the General Post Office. The posters were discovered after the closure of a large central London oost office. The collection includes some rare examples dating from 1935 to the 1950s. A futuristic poster designed by Pat Keely in 1943 titled “Wireless War” is expected to sell for between £700-£1,000. The posters smacks of espionage and Bletchley Park.

Onslows specializes in auctioning vintage posters and is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Clive Uptton (1911-2006) ‘Save Fuel for Battle!’ original WWII poster issued by the Ministry of Fuel & Power, printed for HMSO by J. Weiner, circa 1944, 152 x 100 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

Clive Uptton (1911-2006) ‘Save Fuel for Battle!’ original WWII poster issued by the Ministry of Fuel & Power, printed for HMSO by J. Weiner, circa 1944, 152 x 100 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

Bernard Partridge (1861-1945) ‘Take up the Sword of Justice,’ original Parliamentary Recruiting Committee poster No. 111 printed by David Allen, June 1915,  76 x 51 cm.  This famous recruiting poster was published two months after the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. Onslows Auctioneers image

Bernard Partridge (1861-1945) ‘Take up the Sword of Justice,’ original Parliamentary Recruiting Committee poster No. 111 printed by David Allen, June 1915, 76 x 51 cm. This famous recruiting poster was published two months after the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. Onslows Auctioneers image

‘Keep Calm and Carry On,’ original WWII poster red background with white lettering and crown, printed 1939, 74.8 x 50.5 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

‘Keep Calm and Carry On,’ original WWII poster red background with white lettering and crown, printed 1939, 74.8 x 50.5 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

Pat Keely (died 1970) ‘Wireless War,’ original GPO poster PRD 323 printed by Haycock Press, 1943, 74 x 92 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

Pat Keely (died 1970) ‘Wireless War,’ original GPO poster PRD 323 printed by Haycock Press, 1943, 74 x 92 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

E.P. Kinsella (Edward Patrick born 1874) ‘Look well ahead for dogs near the road - and slow down,’ original poster No 226 printed for the RSPCA, circa 1930, 76 x 51 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

E.P. Kinsella (Edward Patrick born 1874) ‘Look well ahead for dogs near the road – and slow down,’ original poster No 226 printed for the RSPCA, circa 1930, 76 x 51 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

‘Dig For Victory,’ original photogravure WWII poster printed for HMSO by J Weiner, 1941, 51 x 34 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

‘Dig For Victory,’ original photogravure WWII poster printed for HMSO by J Weiner, 1941, 51 x 34 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

‘Your King and Country Need You,’ original Parliamentary Recruiting Committee poster Nos 5, red and blue letterpress printed by L.S. & Co and Hazell Watson, October 1914, 76 x 50 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

‘Your King and Country Need You,’ original Parliamentary Recruiting Committee poster Nos 5, red and blue letterpress printed by L.S. & Co and Hazell Watson, October 1914, 76 x 50 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

Arthur Wardle (1864-1949) ‘The Empire Needs Men!’ original Parliamentary Recruiting Committee poster No. 58 printed by Straker Bros., January 1915, 76 x 51 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

Arthur Wardle (1864-1949) ‘The Empire Needs Men!’ original Parliamentary Recruiting Committee poster No. 58 printed by Straker Bros., January 1915, 76 x 51 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image