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Frank Proudlove Collection

A very special and unique collection of posters created to advertise events or record activities and societies in The Potteries and North Staffordshire from the 1860's are now released to be reproduced as large canvas prints and mounted on paper prints.

The original printed papers were saved by Frank Proudlove in the 1950's from a dumping ground on the grange in Cobridge. They were dumped inside a suitcase.

They appear to have come from a printers in Waterloo Road, Cobridge, Burslem called Coopers.Notice that some of the posters have writing on them with crossings out which perhaps were used as templates for the another printing.

These are indeed a unique and special collection of the social history of the Potteries and in particular, Burslem, Tunstall and Hanley and some of its surrounding neighbourhood areas including Chell, Cobridge, Dale Hall, Endon,  Etruria, Golden Hill, Hot Lane, Kidsgrove, Longport, Milton, Newcastle, New Chaple, Norton, Pittshill, Sanyford, Smallthorne, Sneyd Green, Stoke and Wolstanton.

Please contact the gallery if you would like to buy prints for any of the locations listed above.

As well as the social history they are also a very special history of the graphic and typeset history used in the Potteries at that time. They also relate wonderfully to the stories of Arnold Bennett  giving a direct glimpse into workings of the 1860s Victorian society into the towns of the Potteries.

A percentage of any sale will be saved to help to pay for cultural projects in Burslem.

Stoke on Trent did not become a city until 1925 so this is pre City history. This shows each town's history in all its full glory. Enjoy.