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One hundred posters, a great many fresh and entirely new to us, from this amazing period. Some proclaimed in bold type that “Victory of the Allies is assured” and featured stalwart British soldiers alongside exaggerated enemy figures. Others, however, hung on the walls of bus and railway stations, town halls, and pubs, called for continued self-sufficiency, urging Britons to raise chickens, conserve and repair, join the Wacs and Wrens. As the threat of espionage became extreme, posters cautioned soldiers and civilians alike against talking about the war: “Furtive Fritz is always listening” warned one; another, “Keep mum―she’s not so dumb.”
“Keep calm and carry on.” In 1939, Britain’s Ministry of Information produced this now-ubiquitous reminder to its citizens in the event of widely predicted air attacks. But in the six consecutive years before Germany’s surrender to Allied forces, the British public would feel keenly both the physical and moral hardships of war. To boost morale and raise awareness of how citizens’ efforts might help―or hinder―the wartime effort, one of the most effective forms the British government had at its disposal was the poster.
Drawing on the Imperial War Museum’s impressive collection of materials related to conflicts involving Britain in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, British Posters of the Second World War explores these campaigns and many others with an introduction and explanatory text by the museum’s senior curator, Richard Slocombe.
An outstanding little book. I've collected books about posters and poster history for years, yet a great number of these are new to me. Reproduction is first rate, and the text by curator Slocumbe nicely augments these messages that carry us from the first German bombs dropping, to the final days of the war. It was an incredible time in England, the last defence in Europe against the Nazis. Amazing work.
- Additional Information
Item Code BRITPO Publisher IWM Publish Date 2015 ISBN 9781904897927 Print Status Out of Print Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 7x9 # Pages 88pg Color Partial Color
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