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"The Pimple Remover!" Victorian Advertising Poster

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  • £280.00
  • €326 Euro
  • $348 US Dollar

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One of my all time favourite posters is this Victorian advert for "Baldwin's Tar Soap - The Pimple Remover! For improving the skin and complexion! Removes Pimples, Blotches, Scurvy, and other skin diseases" - showing that vanity and worries about spots have been around long before social media etc. It's simple, black and white colour-way and bold lettering in a mix of styles and sizes is reminiscent of Georgian bill posters, but with the addition of the bar of soap illustration. The poster does show signs of it's age, which for a large piece of vulnerable ephemera well over a century old is understandable. The upper left corner is missing and there are losses to the paper mainly in the upper quarter, but also a small area in the lower right. There is some tearing along the upper edge and also some discolouration to the paper but generally nothing that detracts from the aesthetics or impact of the poster. The poster was framed when I bought it and appears to have been in this frame for a fair while - subsequently it's picked up some minor scuffs, scratches and indentations, but still displays well. Including the frame, the poster measures 79cm high x 54cm wide. UK Mainland P&P would cost £20.

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Seller Location

London, London

Item Dimensions

H: 79cm W: 54cm D: 1.5cm


19th Century

Item Location

Margate, England

Seller Location

London, London

Item Location

Margate, England

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+44 (0)7703104788