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Framed Vintage Castrol Motor Oil Poster



  • £290.00
  • €333 Euro
  • $330 US Dollar

United Kingdom

Hoarde Vintage Member since 2016
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Castrol were pioneers in motor oil development. At the start of the 20th century when the automobile and aeroplane were rising in popularity, Charles Wakefield saw an opportunity to develop specific lubricants for these new engine types - the addition of Castor oil was the revolutionary element - making the oil thin enough to be effective when the engine was cold at start up and thick enough continue to be effective at high temperatures. From here Castrol was born.

This un-pasted advertising poster dates to the 1930s/'40s and, as with all paper advertising / ephemera, it is rare to find a surviving example as most would've been stuck to a wall / window and disposed of when new advertising was issued... This piece however has survived in surprisingly good condition. It's printed on a thin, newspaper-like paper stock - typical of posters from the period and this has yellowed slightly giving the poster a warm, vintage aesthetic. There are some light fold lines visible, along with a couple of dark patches and a rectangular mark where the poster has been stored against something, but these all add to the character of the piece rather than detracting from it.

This is a lovely, unusual piece of automobilia with the sort of vintage look and feel that just cannot be replicated and would make a good addition to a collection or as a piece of decor in it's own right.

The poster has been professionally framed using conservation grade backing paper and is ready to hang. Including the frame it measures 52.5cm wide x 77.5cm high and is 2cm deep.


  • H: 77.5cm (30.51in)
  • W: 52.5cm (20.67in)
  • D: 2cm (0.79in)



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I’m Louis Walpole. Over a decade of working for and alongside some of the best antique dealers in the country at London’s renowned Portobello Road have helped me to form a detailed understanding of, and appreciation for, a diverse array of antiques. In 2016, after ‘dabbling’ in the trade since childhood I decided to follow my heart and (ignoring a myriad of people advising against it) leave my salaried job to trade full time. Since then I have travelled around England and Western Europe collecting the pieces that particularly interest me. These pieces loosely follow the themes of; automotive, advertising, scientific and industrial. I have a select number of items on display in Atlam on Portobello Road. The shop is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 5pm.

If you would like to view any of my pieces in London, please get in touch to confirm that they’re at the shop or to arrange for me to take them there for you. It may also be possible for me to bring items to your home/bar/garage/pub etc so that they can be fully appreciated in-situ, again please just get in touch and we’ll see what can be organised."

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