The original E-cigarette? This odd but engaging poster was designed by GP Mayer in 1925.


There are a couple of fine images in the ‘Made In Britain’ sale coming up at Sotheby’s on 13th September. Above, Building Aircraft : Making Engines  by CRW Nevinson and from a 1917 series of wartime works produced by the UK government, and below, from 1920, Paul Nash’s Promenade No.1.

There’s a good looking exhibition on at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art until the end of October. True To Life – British Realist Painting in the 1920s and 1930s includes 80 paintings from 50 artists, such as Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, Meredith Frampton, Laura Knight, James Cowie and Winifred Knights. here are just a couple. Above, A City Garden, 1940, by James McIntosh Patrick, and below The Fried Fish Shop, 1936, by Cliff Rowe.

Jac. (Jacob) Jongert’s revolutionary designs for Van Nelle’s teas, coffees and tobacco, not only delivered huge commercial success for the Dutch company, but were highly influential around the world. All of these examples date from 1929 and show an extraordinary mastery of typography, colour and form. More on Jongert here.