As regular readers will have seen here at the BPMA we have a stunning poster collection. The General Post Office (GPO) was a trendsetting organisation, particularly when it came to marketing, and in the 1930s it broke the mould with its innovative poster designs.
Poster on careful packing by James Mawtus-Judd
This Thursday (9 July) we’ll be offering the public a rare opportunity to own a piece of iconic design when we put a significant selection of vintage GPO posters (duplicate to our collections) up for online auction via Onslows Auction House.
Poster from the Outposts of Empire series by John Vickery
These stunning images come from this golden age of public relations at the GPO, between the 1930s and 1960s. Some of the most prominent artists and designers of the time vied for commissions, creating striking posters on a range on subjects from airmail through to pleas for the careful packing of parcels.
Poster calling for careful packaging by Harry Stevens
The posters to go on sale include works by Edward McKnight Kauffer, Tom Eckersley, John Armstrong, Jan Le Witt and George Him. Many of these artists went on to take commissions at places such as London Transport and the Ministry of Information where they created iconic designs to support the war effort during the Second World War.
Poster from the Outposts of Britain series by Edward McKnight Kauffer
The money raised at auction will go towards delivering The Postal Museum and Mail Rail, where posters, and design more generally, will play a vital role in telling the remarkable stories of how the British postal service helped to shape our social and communications history.
Please visit Onslows website to view the full auction catalogue.
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by Adam Reynolds, Project Archivist (Stamp Artwork)
Proposed penny stamp for Jersey during Nazi occupation
In undertaking my work for the Stamp Artwork Project, I came across two items of interest in connection to the German occupation of the Channel Islands during the Second World War. On 27th July 1940, just weeks into the occupation, the German commandant, Hauptmann Gussek, instructed that all British postage stamps be overprinted in black with a swastika design and the inscription ”Jersey 1940”.
On the same day, penny stamps to be overprinted with the swastika were approved by Gussek, and a sheet of 30 stamps was submitted on 2nd August.
Proposed swastika overprint design for Jersey stamps
The stamps were never issued, and of the four sheets printed only two have survived. In the recollection of the Bailiff of Jersey, Sir Alexander Coutanche, the German Commandant could not sanction the use of the stamps “because they contained a reproduction of the Imperial Crown”.
Following protests from Coutanche, the decision to overprint stamps with the swastika was abandoned, reputedly so as not to antagonise the local population.
For further information on this in BPMA archive, the following files may be of interest;
Post 102/10: Channel Islands stamp issues during the German occupation
Post 33/5790: Channel Islands: stamp issue during occupation
Post 33/5586: Channel Islands: occupation and liberation, restoration of postal services, Parts 1 – 2
Post 56/32: Report regarding Post Office services during and immediately following the German Army’s occupation of the Channel Islands
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Tagged 1940, Bailiff of Jersey, Channel Islands, Hauptmann Gussek, Jersey, Nazi, occupation, online catalogue, Sir Alexander Coutanche, stamp issue, swastika, The British Postal Museum & Archive, World War 2, WW2