An iconic shot of HMS Victory used to woo the US dollar

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Seen on the fo'c'sle  of HMS Implacable are Portsmouth Sea Rangers in 1937. Lord and Lady Baden-Powell are in the middle. 'Picture: Robert James Collection

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Just months before the stock market crash of 1929, the Travel Association of Britain and Northern Ireland was founded by Lord Waldorf Astor and Winston Churchill to increase the amount of American money spent in the UK by tourists.

Just months before the stock market crash of 1929, the Travel Association of Britain and Northern Ireland was founded by Lord Waldorf Astor and Winston Churchill to increase the amount of American money spent in the UK by tourists.

HMS Victory starring on  a 1938 travel poster

HMS Victory starring on a 1938 travel poster

With offices in New York and Paris, this joint government and private association achieved substantial success in spite of the Depression.

In the late 1930s the Travel Association hired the best photographers to document iconic scenes of Great Britain, which included the 1938 picture of HMS Victory at sunset. Sunset ceremonies are still held on the ship.

Recently, the largest single group of these posters was discovered near Boston, Massachusetts, and repatriated to England.

They include the poster of Victory and they are now being auctioned by Onslows Auction Gallery, Dorset, on June 21. The collection can be viewed at onslows.co.uk.