These motivational posters from the 1920s are hilarious (and terrifying)

Three of the 1920s posters.
(Image credit: Parker-Holladay)

A collection of motivational poster designs has resurfaced, and we can't tell if they're hilarious or terrifying. Or both. The vintage posters were created to help motivate employees in factories and offices, and are set to sell for £3,000 later this week. 

The collection was designed by the Parker-Holladay print company, which was operating in the UK during the 1920s, and is responsible for the famous Bill Jones character who featured on many of the motivational posters (almost like a 1920s workplace hype man). The vibrant posters give an interesting (and somewhat problematic) insight into what the workplace was like a hundred years ago. Hoping to design your own motivational posters? Then make sure you check out our roundup of the best online poster makers.

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Amelia Bamsey
Staff Writer

Amelia is Creative Bloq’s Staff Writer. After completing a degree in Popular Music and a Master’s in Song Writing, Amelia began designing posters, logos, album covers and websites for musicians. She now enjoys covering a range of topics on Creative Bloq, including posters, optical illusions, logos (she's a particular fan of logo Easter eggs), gaming and illustration. In her free time, she relishes in the likes of art (especially the Pre-Raphaelites), photography and literature. Amelia prides herself on her unorthodox creative methods, her Animal Crossing island and her extensive music library.