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This rare Second World War recruiting poster by Abram Games, which was nicknamed the blonde bombshell and banned, comes for sale at Antikbar Original Vintage Posters on November 16 estimated at £8000-15,000.

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This rare Second World War recruiting poster by British graphic designer Abram Games (1914-96) depicts Doreen Murphy, a young woman in the Auxiliary Territorial Service who had previously asked Games to design a poster for a dance.

He agreed on the condition that she posed for a recruitment poster wearing the new-style ATS cap. The resulting 1941 poster, nicknamed the blonde bombshell, was famously recalled following a complaint by the MP Thelma Cazalet-Keir who deemed its glamour-puss subject inappropriate.

This example, in very good condition save some small tears and pinholes to the corners (indicating that is was displayed and then carefully folded and stored away) comes for sale at Antikbar Original Vintage Posters of London on November 16.

The estimate is £8000-15,000.

antikbar.co.uk or see this item on thesaleroom.com