Whsmith reverse printed glass advertising panel



  • £295.00
  • €336 Euro
  • $328 US Dollar

Margate, England

Hoarde Vintage Member since 2016
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A striking, reverse printed glass panel for WHSmith - the stationers. This newsboy sign was in use from the early 1900s and there were many variations used over the decades. This particularly variation isn't one I've seen before; it's nicely detailed and with a small highstreet scenen in the background... It's hard to date exactly, though the lithoprinting feels 1950s/'60s to me, the glass has some wobbles / distortions implying either drawn glass, or early float glass... (i.e. 1950s)
Originally, the glass panel was probably used in an illuminating sign, it has been framed with an open-back so it still allows light through if placed in a window or similar.

The glass panel remains in good order with a couple of scuffs and tape marks to the reverse that do not show on the front. The framing is, obviously, later but displays well.

The piece measures 75.5cm high x 50cm wide x 2cm deep.


  • H: 75.5cm (29.72in)
  • W: 50cm (19.69in)
  • D: 2cm (0.79in)



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Margate, England

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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.

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