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The original painting by artist Beryl Cook that inspired the Les Dawson TV advert for the Post Office in the 1980s has been discovered.<br />
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Cook, famous for her bawdy seaside-postcard style of art, painted 'Plymouth Market' in 1978.<br />
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The colourful work depicts two buxom middle-aged women shopping at a market.<br />
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It was this image that gave the Post Office the idea of having a series of animated cartoons of two gossiping women for their advertising campaign of the eighties.