Monday, 17 December 2012

Retro RoSPA posters full of nostalgic chic


I’ve got a big blank space on my living room wall that has been waiting for the perfect picture for over a year.
I had almost given up hope when I came across a wonderful hoard of nostalgic chic posters.
The eye-catching collection is from the UK’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, better known as RoSPA.


Vintage Christmas stocking poster .Copyright RoSPA.

It features a selection of its iconic vintage safety posters from the 1930s to 1970s including work from artist Tom Eckersley. He is responsible for a few of the designs such as the Christmas stocking design from 1951, which is particularly apt for the season, and a charming retro post-war piece, Warm the Child, But Guard the Fire.
Vintage road safety poster. Copyright RoSPA.
Post-war vintage chic. Copyright RoSPA.

Other famous artists producing works for RoSPA during this period are Leonard Cusden and the cartoonist George Smith, better known as Gus.

The Swarf dog. Copyright RoSPA

It turns out that during a clear-out of RoSPA’s old warehouse in Birmingham last year, more than 700 historical posters and artworks were discovered and saved from the skip.
RoSPA, the UK’s leading accident prevention charity that was launched more than 95 years ago, is selling 40 prints of its posters through www.rospaprints.com

The problem now is which one to choose?

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