Our story

Gallery opening times


The gallery at 40 Cross Street, Islington, is open five days a week Tuesday to Saturday, from 10.30 to 18.00. Pop in to to view a wide selection of our current stock, or arrange in advance to inspect a particular poster from our online collection.

Twentieth Century Posters, 40 Cross Street, Islington


About us

Twentieth Century Posters Ltd is an independent London based poster gallery, and Member of the International Vintage Poster Dealers Association. We only sell original, authentic, posters and related artwork, ephemera and books. Our aim is to offer the best, and most interesting, examples of graphic and information design from the last century, with a focus on British commercial art. But we’re just as committed to providing a service for everyone interested in poster history and post regular blogs and resources to share information.

David Bownes Twentieth Century Posters

We offer worldwide delivery, consultancy and collecting advice, plus a poster restoration service provided by our friends at PH7. All items for sale can be viewed by appointment or sent on an approval basis. Together with our 100% Guarantee of authenticity, this means that you can buy from us with complete confidence.


Twentieth Century Posters was founded by David Bownes, previously Head of Collections at London Transport Museum, Director of Collections at the National Army Museum, and the author of several books on poster history. 

"My passion for posters began in childhood and I’ve been fortunate to spend a career curating some of the most significant collections in the UK. This has resulted in a life-long enthusiasm for the subject which I’m now delighted to be able to share via this website."

Do get in touch with me directly by phone, +44(0)7718 064 205, or email info@twentiethcenturyposters.com to discuss your requirements.