Old railway posters auctioned for £1800


Thirty nine posters dating back to the 1920s have sold for £22,000, more than double the estimate, at Curr and Dewar’s auction in Dundee on 28th January.

The posters, which came to market as a result of a house clearance, covered a number of themes including Trooping The Colour, The Forth Bridge, Dunfermline Abbey, Tynemouth, Yorkshire Dales and East Anglia amongst others. The highest hammer price was £1800, achieved by Troon (“The Golfers Delight”)Troon_prod_1 vs an estimate of £500 to £800. A poster of Tynemouth by the artist Alfred Lambert also fetched £1800, compared to an estimate of just £300-500. Most posters sold for £500-700.

Included in the auction were also a number of Empire Marketing Board posters from the same era. Some great images and wonderful themes from another age, even if they’re not always ones that sit so comfortably with us today.

The EMB posters tend to be smaller than the railway posters and this was reflected in their lower prices (around £200).


© The Great Brunel Railway Company 2014.

Poster image courtesy of National Railway Museum / Science & Society Picture Library