Mary Evans Collection of the Week

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Collection of the Week: Onslows

Onslows Auctioneers, established in 1984 and exclusively represented for licensing by Mary Evans for over 12 years, were pioneers in the development of the market in vintage travel, advertising and propaganda posters.

Although we have previously covered this extensive and visually stunning archive in Collection of the Week, we thought another visit to highlight the most recent additions was more than justified.

Perhaps you might be swayed by a poster suggesting a visit to sunny Stalingrad in the 1950s; or maybe cycling along on the latest Beeston Humber holding your pet Chihuahua is more your kind of thing. And though we have no wish to promote smoking, puffing away on a Muratti’s Ariston cigarette, preferably while wearing evening gloves and a (fake) fur stole, will no doubt bring you one step closer to royalty and the nobility who, we are assured, smoke nothing else.

There are also some really lovely 1920s decorative posters for the Second International Exhibition of Decorative Arts, and for the promotion of Animals’ Welfare Week, ‘when everybody everywhere should consider what every animal needs’, which seems no less relevant today.

We hope you enjoying browsing through this latest set, and if you’d like to see more, or discuss a project, please get in touch by email at or by phone on 020 8318 0034.

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