Vintage Pat Keely safety poster

Vintage 'Keep Floors Clean' safety poster designed by Pat Keely for Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents | H is for Home

We featured a poster by Leonard Cusden in a recent post – and, as with the proverbial buses, two safety posters have come at once. Well, the same week anyway.

Vintage 'Keep Floors Clean' safety poster designed by Pat Keely for Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents | H is for Home

This one is by another renowned 20th century graphic artist – Pat Keely.

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This ‘Keep Floors Clean’ poster was commissioned by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents in the 1950s.

Vintage 'Keep Floors Clean' safety poster designed by Pat Keely for Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents | H is for Home

In addition to his work for RoSPA, Pat Keely was also responsible for some iconic World War II posters done for The Ministry of Information. There are public transport and GPO commissions too – he even designed postage stamps.

Vintage 'Keep Floors Clean' safety poster designed by Pat Keely for Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents | H is for Home

Here are some further images of Pat Cokayne Keely’s work. We love the orange ‘Wear your Goggles’ poster you’ll see there.

Detail of credits from a vintage 'Keep Floors Clean' safety poster designed by Pat Keely for Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents | H is for Home

As with the Leonard Cusden, this is an original vintage piece. We’re pretty sure that this particular poster image has never been reproduced so quite a scarce thing. It’s one for the graphic artist aficionados on one level, but also works simply as a decorative art work for the home. It would look great displayed on a kitchen wall – the imagery, colours and subject matter. There’s first refusal to our blog readers, so let us know if you’re interested.

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Leonard Cusden collectable

Detail from a vintage Leonard Cusden designed safety poster 'Don't fool with compressed air it can kill' | H is for Home

We love graphic design – and collect vintage examples from the mid twentieth century in particular.

Vintage Leonard Cusden designed safety poster 'Don't fool with compressed air it can kill' | H is for Home

…posters, menus, books and magazines are all potential sources.

Detail from a vintage Leonard Cusden designed safety poster 'Don't fool with compressed air it can kill' | H is for Home

We’ve just acquired this fabulous vintage poster by renowned graphic artist, Leonard Cusden. It dates from the 1950s and was commissioned by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. It warns of the dangers of working with compressed air. He’s also famous for his distinctive 1930s railway posters.

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It’s very striking in terms of design & colours – we love the ghoulish spectre!

Detail from a vintage Leonard Cusden designed safety poster 'Don't fool with compressed air it can kill' | H is for Home

Quite a few of his health & safety posters have now been re-produced by RoSPA. We were very chuffed with this find, especially as it’s an original copy from the period.

Bernard Buffet still life

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Bernard Buffet still life vintage print

Adelle bought herself this Bernard Buffet still life print for her birthday way back in November last year. It’s entitled Nature morte a la citrouille or Still Life with Pumpkin and was originally painted in 1955. This print was made in the 1970s.

detail of signiture on Bernard Buffet still life vintage print

We’ve blogged about Bernard Buffet before, he’s one of our favourite artists.

Bernard Buffet vintage print above a wrought iron bed

We finally got it framed – a great job done by the friendly folks at Abacus. It’s found the perfect home above the wrought iron bed in our guest bedroom.

Tuesday Huesday: Vintage Wimbledon

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vintage Wimbledon travel poster designed by Herry Perry for Underground Electric Railways Company Ltd in 1931

Well it’s finally happened – Andy Murray has broken the drought of 77 years. Wimbledon has seen the first British men’s champion since Fred Perry way back in 1936. To celebrate we’re sharing this vintage Wimbledon poster designed by Herry Perry (I wonder if she was any relation to Fred) in 1931 for Underground Electric Railways Company Ltd. Prints are available from the London Transport Museum.

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Tuesday Huesday: Tom Eckersley

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Museum of London poster depicting a woman with basket of oranges. Designed by Tom Eckersley in 1977© Transport for London

Tom Eckersley (1914-1997) was a Lancashire-born poster artist. His bold, graphic approach lent itself to the kind of work commissioned by big corporations such as Transport for London, National Savings Bank, Guinness and Gillette. His style transmitted messages that needed to be attention grabbing, immediate, memorable, informative and often quirky.

For a look at lots more of his work, visit the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) and Rennart websites.