Mystery poster to go under the hammer

Holiday poster
Holiday poster

A rare Scarborough holiday poster is expected to fetch up to a thousand dollars when it is auctioned in America next month.

However mystery surrounds the Lott as experst do not know who produced the poster or when, or who it was commissioned by.

The undated 30 inches by 28 inches poster is coming up for sale at Swann Galleries in New York on August 1.

Featuring the words ‘Scarborough, The Tonic Holiday’ the poster is marked in the bottom right hand corner by the initials BAN.

Experts believe they by the initials of the artist, though none have heard of BAN.

Many posters of this era usually belong to The London and North Eastern Railway and British Railways, who produced several Scarborough posters between the 1920s and 1960s.

However their posters usually feature their names and details.

Also if this was a Scarborough council or tourism office poster it would be expected to give contact information.

In the early and middle parts of the twentieth century, when comparatively few people owned cars and when overseas breaks were beyond the reach of most holidaymakers, railway companies commissioned artists to produce colourful, eye-catching posters to promote rail travel throughout Britain.

Now, decades later, these posters, which once adorned railway station platforms and waiting rooms across the country, are becoming sought-after and increasingly valuable mementoes of a gentler, by-gone age.

At Christie’s South Kensington, in London, on September 23, 1999, a 1931 LNER Scarborough poster by Tom Purvis sold for £3680, while at Christie’s South Kensington the following year, on September 14, 2000, William Barribal’s circa 1930 LNER Scarborough poster sold for £3,172.

The mystery Scarborough poster is expected to sell for around £650 when it goes to auction next month.

If you know more about this poster please write to us at The Scarborough News, 17-23 Aberdeen Walk, YO11 1BB or email