Satirical cartoon election Bill or fly posters 1869 – 1874 Bradford Parliamentary elections, Leeds and West Riding Elections.
Here on offer is a selection of rare bill or fly posters from the high Victorian period – please note they are individually priced (reduction for multiple purchases).
1 “A Losing Game” LARGE poster showing a stagecoach heading to London with “Disunited Liberals” on the coach side. Heads of horses are political candidates with “A&I” monogram in bottom right corner. Poster measures 50cm x 30cm, mount 60cm x 42cm. £30
2 Large jousting image with title “Sir Andrew Fairburn” for Leeds elections c1874.
Poster measures 39cm x 26cm, with mount 55cm x 45cm. £30
3 Priest & Pat – Leeds Election poster c1874. Pat possibly Irish standing in “Park Row” with Civic Hall (?) in background.
Poster is laid out on card – 40xm x 30cm, card measures 50cm x 38cm. £25
4 “State of the Poll” – Leeds Election “No. 15” c1874.
Poster is laid out on card – 44xm x 31cm, card measures 58cm x 43cm. £25
5 Large Leeds Election Cartoon 1874 showing candidates sinking in a bog or marsh.
Poster measures 43cm x 27cm, mount 56cm x 40cm. £30
6 “Dr Lees” – Leeds Election Cartoon 1874.
Poster measures 34cm x 24cm, mount 46cm x 37cm. £25
7 “Goodhalls Election Cartoons” Number 3.
Poster measures 43cm x 27cm, mount 56cm x 40cm. £25
We have only ever come across two other sets (or even loose/individual prints) in thirty years of collecting local history printed material –
(i) One set of ten stitched together with blue printed paper wrappers issued by Armitage & Ibbotson (A&I) that we sold to a US collector for £350 five years ago
(ii) One set that appeared at Bonhams in 2004 and sold for £334 that included some printed by Armitage & Ibbotson (please refer to image from Bonhams: the cartoon they selected for their lot listing has the “A&I” monogram of Armitage & Ibbotson in the bottom corner).
We are offering a selection of ten unmounted bill posters as shown.
They are rare survivors because they were designed to be bill posted/pasted onto tavern notice boards, out on the street and not meant to last.
Once the election campaigning was finished, they were disposed of as they had served their purpose.
Other larger, mounted bill posters are also available from the same period (1869-1874).
Please note that postage/shipping will be extra and the posters will be sent packed flat.