Jerome Monahan is a collector. It started with football and Brooke Bond tea cards, and next when he was eight, expanded to everything Batman. As a student in Brighton the collecting mania turned to dust jackets of 20s and 30s pulp-fiction novels – one of which, Room 12a, is the source of this vintage enterprise’s identity.

In recent years, among other things, Jerome’s focus has been on vintage film posters, travel and advertising posters – but mostly film posters.

The focus of what he offers is governed by designs that he finds pleasing. So, while there are examples that conventionally come up in discussions of film posters as investments: Marilyn Monroe; James Bond; Audrey Hepburn; etc: the emphasis is always on what looks dramatic and wonderful. This goes for the Cuban and Russian; Polish; Yugoslavian and Czech; French and Italian and UK film posters, and the travel posters, advertising posters, and the wartime/home-front propaganda posters that make up Jerome’s collection and which are now for sale. Also in the mix are original lobby cards and film stills mostly from well-known animations,

Some of the posters on sale have been expertly restored and linen-backed (always reversible in line with best practice). They deserved it because they are lovely. They needed it because the paper such posters were printed on was never of the highest quality. They are works of art and once linen-backed they acquire a permanence and solidity that makes them easier to frame. Inevitably, linen-backed posters are more expensive than non-linen-backed. As often as possible, there are examples of individual posters that are both linen-backed and not, making possible enabling prices that cater to a wide range of budgets.

The collecting bug has Jerome firmly in its grasp and so his amassed parody Mexican retablo (ex-voto art by outsider artists); original drawings and artworks by 20th Century and contemporary British and continental artists; and huge collection of British Mid-Century modern ceramics are on sale too. This will be via his shop unit (8 & 10) in Holdrons Arcade, more-or-less opposite Peckham Rye Station at 135a, Peckham Rye Lane, SE15 4ST.

Come in and explore the delights of Room 12a.