Collection of the week: John Maclellan

Collection of the week: John Maclellan

One of our longest-standing contributors, John Maclellan's career as an antiques dealer led to an inevitable sideline interest in collecting printed ephemera and old photographs. His eclectic collection defies definition, but is roughly divided into two halves. First there are some terrific, high quality vintage photographs, expertly scanned and digitally restored by John so that they look as fresh as the day they were taken. Most depict scenes of life from the early twentieth century; family holidays, children playing, early motorists and aviators, both world wars, views around the UK and beyond, as well as rural life and traditional industries.

The other side of his collection represents John's magpie tendencies and creative eye, encompassing a wide range of fascinating material from wartime postcards to elegantly chic 1950s fashion plates. There is an exquisite set of swirling, softly-coloured art nouveau decorations as well as numerous patterns from an original 1930s wallpaper sample book. Another highlight is a series of 1920s illustrations by the French artist Joseph Kuhn-Regnier, offering a humorous and rather risqué vision of the classical world. Add to this a host of other visual treats; photographic print wallets from the inter-war years, dazzling chocolate box designs, delightful fruit box labels (which we'd love to see on T-shirts), pictures from the 1924 British Exhibition catalogue, nursery rhyme illustrations, Victorian lantern slides of lifeboat men, and some charming 1930s wrapping paper samples. It's a veritable cornucopia of vintage delights.

We've put together an edited selection from John's collection of 3000 images so you can start exploring now.

If you are interested in this collection, or require research or a quotation, please don't hesitate to contact us either by phone on 020 8318 0034 or by emailing

Mary Evans Picture Library Ltd.  59 Tranquil Vale  Blackheath  London  SE3 0BS. United Kingdom.
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