Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Those Posters In Full





 
So here are the other five posters, in the order I executed them. Having decided on the first one that the legend 'Bread' should not be a piece of additional text but an integral part of the poster, I had to think of ideas where the same thing could happen. Which proved to be a lot of fun. The only thing that changed on the final prints was that badge on the Soda girl's t-shirt. I'm obviously so immersed in the codes of Unmitigated England that I'd always thought the phrase 'spooning' meant 'courting', mainly because my dad said it lot. When I showed the design to Only Daughter she expostulated "Daddy you can't possibly say that". We did in fact print it like this originally, but a few raised eyebrows prompted a rethink.
 
Fortuitously, just as I'm about to press the 'publish' button, I learn that Brucciani's have just been successful at the 2014 Tiptree World Bread Awards, winning the category 'Great British White', which I thought was a brand of whale.
 
If anyone's interested in a print, just get in touch via my e-mail
 
  
 
 


13 comments:

Philip Wilkinson said...

Terrific posters. I, too, was rather naive about the term 'spooning', although the Resident Wise Woman soon put me right. However we do have a dictionary that contains the definition of spoon, verb, 'to behave in an amorous way; to kiss and cuddle', which still sounds fairly innocent to me.

Peter Ashley said...

Thanks Phil. I can always rely on you to have the right dictionaries. Funnily enough, the only time I had heard the expression 'spooning' since my yoof was when Alan Bates as Ted Burgess mentions it in the film of The Go Between. And that was in the sense of 'behaving in an amorous way'.

Sue said...

These are absolutely delightful! Bright, jolly, witty, nostalgic and modern all at once.
Having recently read "The Go-Between" I'm interested to hear than the s-word has moved from a very vague description of amorousness to a more particular one.

Fred Fibonacci said...

Beautiful posters Peter; just wonderful.
Yours
Fred

Peter Ashley said...

Fred: Good to hear from you, and thank you.

Sue: I just love The Go-Between, both book and film. There is also now a book: Norfolk Summer: Making The Go-Between, by Christopher Hartop. When you read just how careful and meticulous every was who was concerned with it, you appreciate even more why it's so good. And thank you for your very kind comments.

Stephen Barker said...

I have postcards by Tom B from before WW1 in which Spooning is used in the sense of Courting or kissing and cuddling. I will scan one and send it to you.

The posters are wonderful, all credit to Brucciani's for commissioning them and to you for designing them.

Peter Ashley said...

Thankyou Stephen, very kind. My Neighbour Who Knows What I Like assures me that the 'spooning' that was referred to in The Go-Between was anything but innocent.

The Vintage Knitter said...

Superb posters there, Mr. A. The bread van has to be my favourite. By the way, you might be interested in my recent blog post that includes some stunning illustrations taken from a 1933 Morris Motors brochure. I think you'll like them.

Peter Ashley said...

Thankyou VK. Those Morris illustrations are incredible. And to be topped-off by the Cholmondely-Warner....

Jon Dudley said...

'Go go go for a ride on a car car car,
Cause we know how cosy the tops of the tramcars are
The seats are so small, there's not much to pay,
You sit close together and SPOON all the way,
And many a Miss will be Mrs some day
Through riding on top of the car.'

Good word, 'spooning, and the above example of its use is from a music hall song.

You are a talented chap Mr A - the posters are quite delightful.

Peter Ashley said...

Thankyou Jon. I love that music hall song. In fact I like lots of music hall songs, particularly ones like "When Father painted the parlour / You couldn't see Father for paint. ? Dabbin' 'ere, dabbin' it there / Paste and paper everywhere". Well, something like that.

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