BRUCE BAIRNSFATHER AND OLD BILL

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27/03/2011

Frank Buckles, who served in the US Army during WWI has died. Buckles was 110 years old, and the last living American survivor of WWI. Buckles had been an ambulance driver during the war. He passed away in Virginia.

 

 

13/02/2011

5 Fragments from France, original drawings have been added to the For Sale page. Please click on the For Sale page link on the left.

05/02/2011  

Rare Bairnsfather items fetch record amounts on ebay



 

Despite being in the midst of recession, rare Bruce Bairnsfather/Old Bill items seem to be fetching record amounts. A St Dunstan's tin, although a little rusty, fetched £569; Old Bill in Civvies, Nut Brown Atkins ash trays reached £123 and £115, and a rarer Brown Ashtray fetched £115. Also an autographed sketch of Old Bill, fetched £285.

23/01/2011



5 rare fragments from france drawings  come up for sale for more details please email website host

joe.bristow@blueyonder.co.uk

or tel 0117 9631575

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RARE ORIGINAL PICTURE

COMES UP FORSALE

3/12/2011

 

PLEASE CONTACT WEBSITE HOST FOR MORE DETAILS

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22/12/2010

4 drawings come up for auction on 6/01/11 

  • Bruce Bairnsfather, a collection of three ‘Old Bill’ pencil sketches, signed, two with dedications to Mr & Mrs Edgar...

  • Estimate: Est: £200 - £300
  • Auction: Works of Art, Clocks, Ceramics, Paintings and FurnitureWorks of Art,...
  • Auction House: George KidnerGeorge Kidner
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    17/12/2010

    rare 1926 Better Ole Program Bairnsfather Chaplin Old Bill

    sels for £89 0n ebay

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    Story of pub sign is unearthed

    11/12/2010

    Unveiled in January 1953

    History was made on 31st January last when the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Alderman W. T. Bowen, performed a re-naming ceremony at "The Albion" Livery Street. As a compliment to the members of the Old Contemptibles' Association who have been meeting here for the past 25 years, it was decided to rename the house "The Old Contemptible." A sign, designed by Bruce Bairnsfather, and depicting a typical British Tommy of the Kaiser's War, was unveiled by the Lord Mayor to the strains of "'Tipperary" heartily sung by the assembled company of old soldiers, whose lungs of brass, trained on the barrack square, proclaimed them to be very far from fading away. Mr Lawrence Mitchell, who presided, revealed that the change of name was the suggestion of Councillor E. H. Richardson, Secretary of the Old Contemptibles' Association, and said that the Company was proud to institute a permanent memorial to a grand body of men. The timing of the renaming ceremony was particularly appropriate, as it coincided with the Silver Jubilee of the foundation of the Association, and the house had been its headquarters during the whole of that period. Mr Lawrence said that so far as could be ascertained, this was the first house to be called "The Old Contemptible." After the unveiling of the sign, Mr. Bruce Bairnsfather gave an amusing account of the events that led up to the creation of "Old Bill" during his service in the front line trenches. His short breezy talk revealed that, had he not become a successful artist, he might well have topped the bill at "The Hippodrome." Not the least impressive part of the proceedings was the inspection by the Lord Mayor of a Guard of Honour provided by members of the Association. While spectators huddled together in the biting wind, the parade of old comrades, many without hats or coats, stood stiffly to attention, disdaining the whirling blizzard as unworthy of their notice. Five of our colleagues from Cape Hill, who were in the parade, Hoppy Walker, Charlie Matthews, Mickey Austin, Harry May and Tom Conniff were joined by an ex-servant of the Company, Billy Hart. On the conclusion of the formal part of the proceedings, the members of the Association enjoyed a grand spread, and over a pint or two of good honest beer, were able to re-live many of the good old days way back in 1914. It was a memorable day for these grand old veterans, and enabled them to realise that their deeds of valour in the very early days of the first World War had earned enduring remembrance.

     

     

     

    The Old Contemptibles serves real ales and traditional pub food at the corner of Edmund Street and Livery Street in the Business Quarter.

    This pub was built as the Albion Hotel in the Gothic/Italianate style by William Hale in 1881; it was renamed the Old Contemptibles in honour of the British Expeditionary Force of 1914 who were called contemptible by Kaiser Wilhelm.

    The Old Contemptibles generally closes at 11pm Monday-Saturday and at 6pm on Sunday.

    176 Edmund Street B3 2HB   0121 200 3310   Map

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    BRUCE BAIRNSFATHER DRAWING comes up for sale on ebay 10/12/2010

    please click on link to view

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230561919599

     

    10th December 2010

    One handy new FREE gadget has just been added to this website which enables followers of the website to subscribe to the latest updates, which will be emailed to them. To subscribe, simply enter your email address in the box provided in the top right hand corner, an email will then be sent to you, click on the link and select the options you require. By doing so, you will be able to keep up with the constantly evolving website with all the news on Bairnsfather/Old Bill happenings

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    November 2010

    5 original fragments from France sell at auction in Tennants auctioneers under a mispelling

     

     

     

     

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    8th September 2010

    Two paintings come up for sale

    Lot No: 100

    Bruce Bairnsfather (British, 1887-1959)
    "A Hopeless Dawn"; "They've Evidently Seen Me"
    signed (lower left and lower right)
    grey wash heightened with white (a pair)
    27 x 25cm (10 5/8 x 9 13/16in).
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    Estimate: £300 - 500

    sells for £2650

    please click on link for images

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    FROM MUD TO MUFTI,BRUCE BAIRNSFATHER,1stED,SIGNED sell for £62 on ebay 14th august 2010

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    13th August 2010 after popular demand a forsale page has been added to this website

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    Vintage Bruce Bairnsfather Jigsaw - 9/8/2010 sells for £160 on ebay

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     30th july 2010

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    BRUCE BAIRNSFATHER A COLLECTION OF FOUR SKETCHES AND TWO LETTERS, addressed and dedicated to Miss M Morby and her Amateur Theatre Company, Stratford upon Avon, Particularly to include two watercolour sketches: Fisherman, 16.5cm x 13.5cm, and TheAlbum Artist - Trying to get Ideas, 17.5cm x 22.5cm, both initialled B.B. all pre Great War, together with three production PROGRAMMES and five PHOTOGRAPHS, two signed from the 40 Thieves (comprising four albums, five photographs and three programmes)

    sells at auction for £800 plus com

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    22nd APRIL 2010 

    BRUCE BAIRNSFATHER ORIGINAL OLD BILL PENCIL WW1-WW2 sells on ebay for £395

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    14th April book sells

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    Bairnsfather (Bruce). The Collected Drawings of Bruce Bairnsfather, pub. W. Colston Leigh, Inc., New York, 1931, with orig. lead pencil drawing frontis. by Bairnsfather, signed and titled 'Once', t.e.g., orig. mock quarter morocco gilt with glassine d.j., small folio
    A remarkable 'as new' copy.
    (1) Illustrations Available £200-300 - £340.00

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    27th December 2009 New Website Launched. Lots of drawings, paintings, prints and photographs of military interest. http://www.warart.zoomshare.com/ Still under construction, many more images to be added in the future.

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    Postal Auction

    Date:  to 13/10/2009

    rare portait of bairnsfather sells at auction

     a small pen and ink drawing sell or a bargin £62 artist unknown

     

    4th october 2009

    Two handy new FREE gadget has just been added to this website which enables followers of the website to subscribe to the latest updates, which will be emailed to them. To subscribe, simply enter your email address in the box provided in the top right hand corner, an email will then be sent to you, click on the link and select the options you require. By doing so, you will be able to keep up with the constantly evolving website with all the news on Bairnsfather/Old Bill happenings

    This is a great tool for devoted visitors of the site, and will allow everyone to stay up-do-date. For those who find that keeping on top of the many different sites they like to frequent is sometimes a bit hectic when all they want is a quick read in between sessions of online bingo, then this is a great gadget for them. It's easy to use and in no time at all you'll be reading our news as easily as the Sunday papers.

    Also a search engine has been added to enable you to search the site etc

     

    29th september 2009

    With the 50th anniversary of Bruce Bairnsfather's death a number of events have been organised, including a re-launch of the Holt's Best of Fragments from France containing Bairnsfather's Cartoons on 29th September with a charity auction in the evening of a number of cartoons by various cartoonists including a charcoal sketch and copy of Bullets and Billets donated by the host of this website. All proceeds are going to Help for Heroes. Wars are still being fought more than 90 years after Bairnsfather left the trenches and even with the current recession it is important to support these events.

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    original sketch and a copy of bullets and billets donated by joe bistow this websites host sells at auction for £650

    with the final tally for the auction being £8000

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    3/09/2009

    COPY OF BULLETS AND BILLETS SIGNED SELLS AT EASTBOURNE AUCTION  HOUSE FOR HEFTY £290 

    Bruce Bairnsfather - Bullets and Billets - first edition, published December 1916, signed by the author to the opening page in ink 'To H.D.P. from Bruce Bairnsfather - Here we are and there we were'

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    25/07/2009    

    THE LAST TOMMY HARRY PATCH DIES

    REST IN PEACE HARRY  

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    24/06/2009

    2 news paper clippings unearthed in USA

     

    March 30, 1936 from the Boston Herald.

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     From "The Hartford Courant Magazine" March 10, 1940 a cartoon that appeared in this publication "Old Bill on the Home Front
     

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    12/06/2009

    WW1 BRUCE BAIRNSFATHER OLD BILL FIRE GUARD.

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    OLD BILL LOOKS OUT FROM A HOLE IN A WALL!!

    trench art sells for £99

     

     

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    bonhams auction house

    11/06/2009

    Lot No: 547

    Captain Bruce Bairnsfather
    'Fragments from France
    four various editions, with related postcards etc (qty)



    Sold for £144 inclusive of Buyer's Premium

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    10/06/2009

    1935 Old Bill Looks at Europe Bairnsfather Signed + small poster sells for a bargin £54.44 on ebay

     

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    10/06/2009

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    Chez nos Alliés Britanniques (with our British Allies in the Field) rare signed copy

    rare book sells on ebay for a bargin £29.39

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     8/6/09 GENUINE Bruce Bairnsfather Autograph Signature

    sells on ebay  for £122.76 with reference to bairnsfathers birth place in india

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    pen and ink drawing sells at auction 3/06/2009

    drawn in 1914 by Bruce Bairnsfather depicting a baby sat on a shell

     

     

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    16/5/09 Giant bairnsfather /old bill sale goes to auction in bristol many rare originals and other collectables go under the hammer date to be announced very soon

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    Drawing 1. 'Its a washout gentlemen - he said' 7" X 9.5", double mounted
    in hardwood frame. Monochrome watercolour, drawn around 1917. A rare,
    serious subject.

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    Drawing 2. 'Open fighting and elbow rooms the thing for me - he shouts'.
    7" x 9.5", double mounted in hardwood frame. Monochrome watercolour, drawn
    around 1917.

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    Drawing 3. 11" x 7.5" with photograph of Bairnsfather 'ullo from Old Bill
    and his trainer Bruce Bairnsfather, double mounted in pine frame.

     

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    Drawing 4. 'Yes madame, these ere shoes were made from contented cows
    thats why they're so comfortable see' 11" x 14", pen and ink, mounted in
    dark wood frame with gilt, published drawing for The Daily Herald in
    1930s.

     



     

     

     

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    Drawing 8. 'Ello from Bruce Bairnsfather 1916'   27" x 33" Large charcoal
    sketch. Mounted in a black metal frame with Old Bill & Bruce Bairnsfather.

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    Book - Laughing Through the Orient. American edition with very good dust
    jacket and pen & ink sketch to front free end page Hong Kong Old Bill
    Bruce Bairnfather depicting Old Bill in oriental hat.

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    all the above are up for sale no good offer refused

     

     

    19th march 2009

    With the 50th anniversary of Bruce Bairnsfather's death a number of events have been organised, including a re-launch of the Holt's Best of Fragments from France containing Bairnsfather's Cartoons on 29th September with a charity auction in the evening of a number of cartoons by various cartoonists including a charcoal sketch and copy of Bullets and Billets donated by the host of this website. All proceeds are going to Help for Heroes. Wars are still being fought more than 90 years after Bairnsfather left the trenches and even with the current recession it is important to support these events. See below for more details and a link for times, date etc.

    CAPTAIN BRUCE BAIRNSFATHER AND HELP FOR HEROES

    OLD BILL, BERT AND ALF COME BACK TO HELP

    "BB4H4H"

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    50th ANNIVERSARY

    29 September 2009 is the 50th Anniversary of Bairnsfather's death and in homage to him and in support of the charity Help For Heroes Pen and Sword Books are publishing some 140 of Bairnsfather' cartoons in a reprint of our  Best of Fragments From France and we (Tonie and Valmai Holt) are giving all of our Royalties to the Charity. Therefore as long as the book is in print and selling, Help for Heroes will benefit.

    Help for Heroes (H4H)

    Help for Heroes was launched in October 2007 by a group of friends and service relations who wished to do something to help the wounded coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq . People all over the country have done something - run marathons, climbed mountains, ridden bikes, shaved their legs, eaten pies, washed cars, run balls, any number of things as long as they are legal, safe and decent. To date it has raised £17 million.

    Our young men and women of the Armed Forces will say that they are not heroes, they will tell you that they are just doing their job. These are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Some of them will live with the consequences of their service for life. This is almost exactly how Bruce Bairnsfather described his most famous cartoon character - Old Bill.

    for more details please click on link below

    http://www.bb4h4h.co.uk/

     

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    26th feb 2009

    website host changes email

    joe.bristow@blueyonder.co.uk

     

     

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    14/2/2009 this website gets a new name to become active very soon

    http://www.brucebairnsfather.com/

     

     


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