I have always said I’d be a little skeptical if a chunk of posters turned up in someone’s attic, but it appears that these are genuine. We have always been a little unsure what had happened to the posters, and research indicated that they may have been pre-circulated … if not, then they were likely pulped in the paper shortages, and it’s likely many who received them would have done so… so many posters exhorting paper saving:Tweet
By TOBY WALNE
Last updated at 10:16 PM on 29th May 2010
Wish I’d had money to buy some of these… would love at least one original (particularly Women of Britain)
Your country needs you, Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, famously declared at the start of the First World War in a 1914 recruitment drive poster. Designed by Alfred Leete, the poster proved a huge propaganda success, thanks to Kitchener, his impressive waxed moustache and pointing finger.
Although it ranks as the most famous British wartime poster, it is only one of a huge range of propaganda pieces being sought by investors. First World War posters that could be bought for about £150 a decade ago now sell for upwards of £400.
Second World War examples, previously attractive only to specialist collectors, are also enjoying wider appeal and a bumper rise in prices.
Roy Butler, 87, partner at military auctioneer Wallis & Wallis in Lewes, East Sussex, believes the continued strength of the images is behind the new demand.
‘The generation with connections to the First World War are dying out while Second World War art work is becoming more appreciated,’ he says.
‘The iconic posters still look fresh, modern and don’t seem to date. They are not only fabulous pieces of art, but of huge historic importance.’Tweet
Read the original story in The Times, or access Wallis & Wallis. Is this from the same “crop” (ha ha, clever journalism) as the recent sale, interesting that so many are being found right now. Is it just that people now recognise the value, or what’s the story (my initial cynicism was to assume that they had been cleverly plagiarised…).Tweet
I wondered about keeping this quiet, as I would LOVE to own my own original poster, but it’s in the Daily Mail, and I was contacted by BBC South-East Today on Tuesday as they were covering a story on it (I missed out on contributing as I was organising a training session all day). If you want to find out more about the sale, visit the website of the auctioneers. Timing is interesting, that as Keep Calm and Carry On has become HUGE, that there’s one in this collection… I’m always too sceptical though!
Richard Slocombe, of the Imperial War Museums says “We’ve all heard about the ubiquity of Keep Calm and Carry On. But ironically that poster was never actually published. Mainly because its two sister posters – Freedom Is In Peril and Your Courage Will Bring Us Victory were seen as being patronising and condescending.” That was a suggestion I have made, but there’s no evidence as to WHY Keep Calm and Carry On was never actually used!
Travel and Vintage Posters (SALE 5874)
You can register to purchase these posters online until today (8th September). I, personally, don’t have the money for such things, but I’m sure there are others who have! there’s a couple of wartime posters in there, notably a couple of Fougasse and H.M. Bateman designs.
Thanks for the notification from IanVisitsTweet