Onslows is an auction house specialising in vintage posters. The company was set up in 1984 and now conducts online sales only. Viewings take place by appointment at their Dorset office.

One of their most notable auction was the sale of an important collection of vintage posters from the British Postal Museum and Archive sold in 2015.


Recruits roar into battle encouraged by a poster

19 November 2018

This classic First World war recruitment poster with the Old Lion of Britain calling on the Young Lions to answer the call to fight is estimated at £200-400 in Onslows’ poster auction on December 14.


Civil war posters recall memory of a Republican fighter

11 December 2017

Evocative propaganda posters are being offered by specialist auction house Onslows on December 15 from a conflict that raged between the world wars.

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Art Deco transport posters unite the sleek and the speed

07 November 2017

Art Deco was a style that epitomised speed and power, wrapped in a sleekness that dominated design from furniture, ceramics and glass to architecture and sculpture.


Fortunino Matania's posters of Southport Lido – a game of spot the difference

04 September 2017

Two slightly different versions of Fortunino Matania’s (1881-1963) desirable Southport Lido poster topped a July 7 online auction at Onslows (20% buyer’s premium) of Dorset.


Olympic poster that tells torchbearer’s story

27 June 2012

This original poster for the 1948 Olympic Games by Walter Herz (b.1909) will be offered at Onslows’ internet auction of vintage posters on June 29.

A little stick of Blackpool pietra…

29 January 2002

If 1930s Blackpool looks like a British version of the Italian Riviera it is because this poster advertisement, right, was designed by a Neapolitan watercolourist, Fortunino Matania, for the LMS railway company whose trains serviced the Lancashire resort.