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Gadgets fascinate collector Maurice Collins but wartime posters on display at a January fair also proclaim his social history interest, writes Tom Derbyshire

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Collector Maurice Collins is well-known as a ‘Mr Gadget’, but his latest exhibition showcases his wartime posters.

Once you have got the collecting bug it is very hard to stop, as Maurice Collins recognises well.

Known best as a ‘Mr Gadget’ who amassed a large selection of the ‘weird and wonderful’ such as a clockwork teasmade and an adjustable skirt lifter, Collins is showing a different side to his interests at the London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair at the ExCeL venue in east London from Friday to Sunday, January 12-14.

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