Post Office Savings - Billingsgate

  • 10402
  • Pierce
  • 43” x 33.75”
  • C 1940
  • $550
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  • Wherever You Go… Billingsgate is c.1940 branch advertisement by Pierce for the Post Office Savings Bank in the United Kingdom. Posters from this series depict regional branches of the Post Office Savings Bank throughout England, Scotland, and Ireland. Billingsgate is one of the many wards of London located on the north bank of the Thames river. Billingsgate was known as the water gate for the city, as well as host to London's major fish markets. The town is also mentioned in the “Sister Suffragette” song in Mary Poppins.
    The Post Office Savings Bank was formed in 1861 as part of a plan to finance the public debt. It allowed for accessible savings accounts for the lower -middle class. The history of banking in the United Kingdom had coalesced around major cities and catered to upper society. With the development of the Post Office Savings Bank, a majority of the citizenship, including those in rural areas, had access to secure banking. The banks also served as an important outlet for investments and sold Government Bonds and War Savings Certificates. Today, the Post Office Savings Bank operates under a new identity, National Savings and Investments.
    This is an Original Vintage Poster; it is not a reproduction. This poster is conservation mounted, linen backed, and in excellent condition. We guarantee the authenticity of all of our posters.